‘pulp’ vessels

designed by dutch design studio jo meesters, ‘pulp’ is a series of vessels made entirely out of paper pulp using discarded vessels as a mould. the collection started as a research looking for alternative materials made out of paper waste.  by combining other materials with pulp such as epoxy and polyurethane, a new material is born with its own characteristics leading to a series of vessels made out of paper that can hold water.

a mixture of shredded newspaper, glue and water is applied in several layers on the surface, dried, and finally cut into two removing it from the mould. the pieces are glued back together before applying the last layers of the pulp mixture. the inside of the vessel is then treated with an epoxy resin, leaving a strong and water resistant coating.

studio jo meesters: pulp ‘pulp’

since 2008, studio jo meesters has been working on the project TESTLAB, experimenting on the rejuvenation and the reuse of discarded materials. using the ‘pulp’ collection as a foundation, studio jo meesters reinvented TESTLAB to create a series of paper furniture, researching the potential of paper pulp for furniture applications by upcycling cardboard panels and old newspapers. the ‘pulp’ furniture collection consists out of a table, a chair, four pendant lamps and a cabinet. the material balances between structural and aesthetical qualities generating a robust and highly tactile result.

studio jo meesters: pulp ‘pulp’ cabinet and chair

the ‘pulp’ collection will be presented during the milan design week 2010 at the dutch invertuals exhibition and at the leolux stand in the fiera. the short film ‘die ordnung’ and an installation about the process of ‘pulp’ will be shown at the in residence’s exhibition called ten small atlases.

studio jo meesters: pulp ‘pulp’ table

studio jo meesters: pulp ‘pulp’ vessels

studio jo meesters: pulp ‘pulp’ vessels