November 1, 2018

Charlotte Kidger Recycles Polyurethane Dust and Colored Resin to Create Industrial Craft Line

The Industrial Craft collection consists of two side tables and five vessels. Photography by Louise Oates.

Can refuse be reimagined as raw material? And can it be beautiful? In the hands of 26-year-old designer Charlotte Kidger, the answer is yes and yes. While enrolled in the Material Futures graduate program at Central Saint Martins in London, she began examining the industrial waste stream. Her eureka moment came when she happened upon polyurethane foam dust, a by-product of CNC 3-D model production that’s typically destined for the landfill. Kidger combines the leftover powder with a pigmented resin binder, which is then cold-formed in molds and left to cure for 8 to 12 hours.

The pieces are formed from recycled polyurethane foam dust and a pigmented resin binder. Photography by Louise Oates.

Natural defects exposed during casting become rough edges and unique details for the resulting vessels and tables. “This is where the collection’s name is derived from,” Kidger explains of the origins of Industrial Craft. Following an exhibition during the London Design Fair, she plans to expand to larger tables, consoles, and even retail fixtures. Per­haps she’ll help make reducing waste fashionable.

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