Client
Naco Design
Year

2019

Location

Melbourne

Awards & Mentions
Project Team
  • Mond Qu
  • Sonny Do
  • Oliver Schrock
  • Sebastian Funke-Kupper

The Overview

COFFEE WASTE TO COFFEE TABLE

COFFEE WASTE TO COFFEE TABLE

COFFEE WASTE TO COFFEE TABLE

COFFEE WASTE TO COFFEE TABLE

COFFEE WASTE TO COFFEE TABLE

COFFEE WASTE TO COFFEE TABLE

COFFEE WASTE TO COFFEE TABLE

COFFEE WASTE TO COFFEE TABLE

Every year, over 3,000 tonnes of coffee waste is produced in Australia with more than 95% going to landfill, producing greenhouse gases that increase the negative impacts of global warming.  Melbourne is already being affected by hotter days, bushfire smoke, more intense storms and flooding as well as sea level rise. (www.melbourne.vic.gov.au)

We as a studio have a responsibility to help reduce these impacts and have thoughtfully been developing this bi-product of coffee into a sustainable material for use in furniture and lighting since 2015.

Triplo is an exploration into this new way of up-cycling waste materials, different production processes & alternative possibilities from unique making techniques.

The design is a cluster of organic funnels at different tiers to make up our iconic coffee table made of coffee!  The unity of processes, people and cultures is what this sculptural object seeks to bring.  It communicates a certain quality that lightly touches the “ground”.  The contrasting materiality of crisp brass with a rough texture from the recycled coffee grounds makes it a piece that responds to our time.

Designed and Made in Melbourne the grounds are collected from local cafes and sun-dried before being mixed with a bio-resin.  This mixture is then poured into moulds and allowed to grow and cure into their final forms.

The unique qualities of the coffee table means that every single time it is grown it would have a personalised effect.

THE COFFEE BI-PRODUCT PROBLEM

CAN WASTE BE USEFUL?