Project by Clemens Lauer, Max Guderian, Grischa Erbe and Moritz Jähde
How we came up with the idea
It all started with a wrong turn.
Back in 2013, we went on a fieldtrip to north Italy, where we visited a large factory for injection moulding. The factory specialized in moulding plastic chairs for large design brands such as Flötotto, Magis etc. Overwhelmed by the steady, perfectly coordinated output of the monstrous machinery, we were somehow separated from our guided tour and found ourselves in the company's backyard. Here, the world of perfection abruptly ended: trash containers, full of loads and loads of oddly shaped, colorful plates, every one of them totally different from the next. Fascinated and totally clueless what exactly we wanted to do with them, we grabbed some of the most beautiful gems and brought them back to Germany to put into the corner for projects-to-come. Four years later, we took some heated steel tubes and pressed them into the plates. Intrigued by the results and in need of a short vacation, we then took another trip to Italy. This time with the kind permission of the factory owner and no longer limited by the Ryanair baggage policy, we returned home with a bus full of plates, ready to start mass production to present SCRAP LIFE PROJECT at Ambiente Fair 2018.
The process of injection moulding is the backbone of the global consumer goods industry. While the machines' technical complexity is overwhelming – every detail a masterpiece of engineering – everything in the moulding process is subordinate to one goal: to produce perfectly identical clones.
However, there is a spark of anarchy in this perfect world. Or is there any other explanation for a mysterious side-product that every moulding machine in the world produces during a change of color or material? In stark contrast to its regular output, strange plates of raw plastic pour out of the machines – each different in shape and color. These plastic plates are so foreign to their place of birth, there is not even a name for this side product, produced in large numbers every day. Due to the random mix of material, these plates had no other future than the costly process of burning.
SCRAP LIFE PROJECT takes these rebels as they are: beautiful and unique. By mutual agreement they now have red-glowing steel tubes rammed into their backs, a transformation process that could not be more different to their origins on the smooth-running assembly lines in north Italy. Plates become stools and scrap comes to life.
Every stool is a completely unique object with its individual shape and character. A challenge to the ordinary.