Organic Factory by Ruben Thier

Published on September 20, 2012

In a factory, overproduction is common. In between shifts, plastic is dripping on the floor. Instead of this, Ruben Thier created containers for under every extruder. By this, the plastic is collected as an overproduction archive. From these plastic ‘lumps’ Ruben created benches and stools, named by their machine and week of production, one can see the amount of ‘waste’ is captured in furniture. The collection is growing, because production never stand still. The furniture comes with a serial number containing date, factory and machine. Now it becomes something, instead of being waste.

People want to have influence on everything: form, structure process or technique, but when you let nature do its own thing, beautiful shapes appear. Irregular shapes which create a pattern or structure can be as beautiful as a leaf of a tree. To create a combination between modern production techniques and phenomena from nature, you have to look at the source. In Organic Factory, everyday’s waste from factory’s is the key element for a new series of furniture. Starting up in the morning, shutting down in the evening or changing to a different color means a lot of ‘overproduction’ plastics. Or in other words ‘waste’. When a factory starts up their production line, in this case the production of plastic tubing, a small amount of plastics drops on the ground. Brand new plastics immediately became unusable in the first minutes when the production line started. Not just plastic lumps, but beautiful shapes in bright colors appear on the factory floor. This because of gravity, the difference in temperature and cohesion of the material. In the eye of Ruben, who discovered these natural creatures. He was fascinated and urged himself to create something out of this new ‘nothing’. He came up with an extension of the production line, starting at the beginning. By installing a mould right beneath the extruder nozzle, the brand new plastic (waste) could be collected! Everyday when the machine is started up, the mould is moved a little and by the end of the week there is enough plastic waste material collected to create a bench out of it. These benches, made of polyethylene are durable and environmentally friendly. A polyethylene bench, combined with stainless steel legs can withstand sun, rain or jumping kids! Because of the unique manufacturing process, every bench is different. This can vary in color but most of all in shape. All in all, since factories produce day in, day out, waste is collected even so. In this way, a busy week in the factory means more waste. Thanks to Organic Factory, the waste immediately changes into an end product, without harming society.

Ruben Thier

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