Malmö Upcycling Service has reimagined and repurposed waste to create its range of design objects Odds & Ends, which the Swedish design studio launched at this year’s DesignMarch festival in Iceland (Reykjavík, March 15 – 18, 2018). The festival featured a broader exhibition exploring the use of discarded materials in new object creation.
With a selection of waste materials, collected from six different local industries, M.U.S. has developed the collection Odds & Ends. The idea has been to explore the conditions for design within the framework of circular economy.
Using recycled materials from Swedish brick, glass, acrylic, stone and sheet metal manufacturers, the design studio created 11 home decor objects and decorative accessories like a coffee table, a bowl made of laboratory glass, a vitric composite stone vase, a standing round mirror as well as a handheld one.
Malmö explains in its product description, the studio looked into how waste material from these manufacturers can be reintroduced into local industry production. Desiring to change society’s perception of waste, seeing it rather as a resource as opposed to a byproduct, each item was made to be disassembled for further reuse or recycling, Dezeen writes.
Malmö co-founder Anna Gudmundsdottir tells Dezeen:
“The initiative aims at generating new ideas about how to shape and produce in a more sustainable manner as well as create the conditions for circular manufacturing. We continuously visit local manufacturers to find what waste is left over when they produce other products.
Often it takes a lot of energy to produce the material itself and when its thrown away without having had the chance to be a product, we feel that it’s the most wasteful way to use this planet’s resources.”
Photography by David Möller