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Welcome To Wasteland

Welcome to Wasteland presents projects by creative disciplines – including architects, industrial designers, furniture makers and researchers – exploring the use of waste materials, offering visitors an insight into how leading practitioners are approaching Australian waste issues, not just with a sense of obligation but as an opportunity of crisis.

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ACV Studio

Get a Handle on It

Production Waste Plastic, Stainless ...

Working with material before it hits the rubbish pile, ACV studio has developed a cohort of handles to push and pull and get a grip on.
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Adam Cornish

Postal Chair

Rubber Bands, Mild Steel, Nylon

The Postal Chair utilises rubber bands, a common mail delivery waste material. Through experimentation we were able to construct a tensioned seat surface using numerous bands....
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Adam Markowitz & Apple Huang

Droop Lamp

Recycled HDPE plastic (primarily sou...

Droop is formed from waste HDPE, one of the most commonly used plastics in the packaging industry. Droop plays with the nature of molten plastic and experimental methods for ma...
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Alterfact Studio


3d Printed Ceramics

The Clayshave is a razor made purely from ceramic. Disposable razors are typically made from steel, aluminium and plastic and lock purchasers into buying consumable brand-compa...
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Basse Stittgen and Liam Fennessy


Dehydrated Pigs Blood (granules) and...

Produced entirely from animal blood through a process of dehydration, granulation and low temperature incremental compression moulding this work illustrates the plausibility of...
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Breathe Architecture

Welcome to Florence Street


Florence street was old, industrial Brunswick, it was run down, a wasteland, but full of potential. It was the perfect location for The Commons, the pilot project for Nightinga...
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Christopher Boots, Heidi Chaloupka, Sam Fuller and Jules Zaccak

Plattō Table

Quartz, Stone, Brass, Jesmonite and ...

Inspired by the dynamic and often colourful character of Terrazzo, and the boundless compositions of mosaic, we experimented with various discarded offcuts to rebirth them into...
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Danny Ngo and Adam Goodrum

Bellbottom Lounger

Denim Jean Pulp, Bio-degradeble Glue

Revitalizing waste denim jeans - pulverised and soaked in a biodegradable glue mix, cures and intertwines the tensegrity of denim fibres. While fashion is transient, denim pulp...
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Ebony Heidenreich

Earth Works

Ceramic Waste Collected from Drain S...

Earth Works looks at the issue of tailings - the unusable by-product of mined ore. To avoid contaminating waterways, this sludge gets housed in large dams indefinitely. In resp...
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Guy Keulemans with Kiyotaka Hashimoto

Archaeologic Vase (series 5)

Stoneware, Paint, Sterling Silver St...

Ceramic stapling is the most ancient and effective means to repair crockery and reduce ceramic waste, but has almost completely disappeared from use. Keulemans learnt it from b...
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Hugh Altschwager

Dropper Chair

Old Growth Hardwood Fencing Droppers...

Dropper Chair explores the re-use of farm materials that have served their first use for 60 plus years but are either no longer fit for their intended primary purpose or have b...
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Jake Rollins


Golf Balls

GolfWeave turns the discarded golf ball into a homogenous building block. Woven and tensioned, these beaten up, but sturdy little balls can grow through space to create functio...
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James Lemon

Unfinished Business

Ceramic Sink, Ceramic Toilet, Oxides...

Unfinished Business is a project that addresses unsustainable consumer behaviours by extending lives of objects destined for landfill. The bathroom fittings were found roadside...
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James Walsh

33° 51' 40'' S 151° 12' 46'' E

Sand Stone Core Sample, Brass Components

Prior to construction, core samples are taken to test the foundations of a landscape and are an excavated time capsule that symbolise the transition from a naturally formed env...
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Jonathan Ben-Tovim

Standard Issue

Plaspanel' plastric sheet made from ...

‘Standard Issue’ is an exploration off what is possible with ‘off the shelf’ sheet materials that are made from recycled content. Using ‘Plaspanel’ made from recycled HDPE plas...
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Kristen Wang

Re.Bean Coffee Project

Spent Coffee Ground Waste

Making from locally collected coffee ground waste, Re.Bean Coffee Project explores a brand new sustainable material for furniture pieces. The project features not only a unique...
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Liane Rossler & Kate Dunn


Oyster Shell Concrete

Pearler is created from waste oyster shells. The name is in reference to the shape of the work, the materials used, & as a play on the Aussie slang word 'Pearler' meaning pleas...
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Maddison Ryder

Lettuce Eat

Iceberg Lettuce, Xanthan Gum

Re-defining what waste is, Lettuce Eat is the result of working with wasted food, and reconstituting it to become a material of workability, adaptability and transformability, ...
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Mark Richardson


Glass, Aluminium, Plastic, Stainless...

TeMo (tensegrity-modular) investigates how ‘product longevity’ can be achieved through modular design. Connective components are designed up-front for multiple lives rather tha...
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Morgan Doty

CMYK Stool

Waste Paper, Biodegradable Glue, Ame...

CMYK Stool explores the recycling and reuse of waste paper as a viable furniture product. Shredded paper pulp is moulded over a CNC cut form; utilising digital fabrication tech...
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Niklavs Rubenis, Halie Rubenis and Brett Lamb

Object Realities - Hard Rubbish Ep...

Film (Digital)

Based in the designer’s hometown of Queanbeyan (NSW), Object Realities - Hard Rubbish is the first instalment from a series of propositional short films exploring one of the mo...
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Matt Lenz, Paul Mylecharane (Public Office)

A Discrete Infinity

Chromium Browser, Networked Raspberr...

Each moment we spend interacting with our personal devices, we secrete. Much like spiders, we are weaving webs that map our daily movements, our interactions, spending habits a...
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Sarah Ceravolo


HDPE Polyethelene, Stainless Steel

Australian hospitals produce 260 million kilograms of solid waste each year and health care facilities are growing at a rate of 5 percent. Grip provides ergonomically designed ...
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Studio Edwards


Mycelium (Ganoderma steyaertanum), B...

The primary component for fabrication of the chip stool is the sawdust collected from Australian pine softwood. Collected from the studio during woodworking operations such as ...
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Marine Debris Bakelite Bento Box

Marine Debris Bakelite Developed by ...

The Marine Debris Bakelite Bento Box has been designed as a versatile container for lunch, snacks or storage.
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Thomas Coward & Nick Rennie



Designers Rennie and Coward present new items created from waste marble salvaged from residential building sites.
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Tom Fereday, Ash Allen and Studio Kyss


Recycled Glass

Cullet represents a series of sculptural objects produced from recycled waste glass (cullet).
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Rachel Byron, Ryan Robinette and Tom Skeehan


Fabric, Foam, Paper, Plastic, Resin

Morphing used baby garments, toys and packaging into objects for use by the same child in a toddler’s playroom. Repetition and and raw materials have been a driving narrative t...
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(U-P) Paul Fuog, Uriah Gray, Will Neill, Leannue Gu

This as that


Expanding on U-P’s study of appropriation in design, This as that Volume 1 is a photographic book documenting Lifehacks.
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Vert Design

Huskee Cup

Coffee Husk Waste Composite Plastic

HuskeeCup is a considered, design driven response to a mature reusable coffee cup market. Visually iconic; functionally sophisticated; HuskeeCup and accessories are made from a...
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Vert Design and Spark & Burnish

Marine Debris Bakelite Door Knob

Marine Debris Plastic

Marine Debris Bakelite is a series of designed objects characterised by a marbled quality that references early Bakelite in look, weight and density. It is made from recycled o...
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