A lot of beautiful "waste" is generated as offcuts by the stone milling industry, much of which could still be reused. Itching to do something with these still serviceable discards, Netherlands-based designer Rachel Griffin of Earnest Studio created a line of minimalist tableware that makes these offcuts into something quite lovely and functional.
Sensibly calling the recycled collection "Fragment," Griffin says that:
“Fragment” is a series of bowls and lids produced from offcuts from the natural stone industry; the original shape, color and texture of each segment determines the look and function of the result. Ranging in diameter from 75 to 250 mm, “Fragment” vessels offer a range of uses, from a vide-poche to a fruit bowl.
Griffin uses the varying textures, shapes and colours of the stone remnants to maximum effect, pairing larger flat pieces that have been carved out as containers, with round lids made of contrasting materials. The result is something that is practical, yet when placed on a surface, also looks like a real objet d'art.
If you are in the area, the "Fragment" collection will be on view at New York City's Sight Unseen OFFSITE exhibition, from May 16 to 20, 2014. More over at Earnest Studio.