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The Materia Madura collection

Last updated: 5th April 2016

Blackhorse Road, United Kingdom

This collection of bowls, tables and seats are made using used coffee grounds and plantain waste from London based restaurants and cafes.

  • I

    Raw Materials

    Materia Madura is a collection created by Puerto Rican designer Ana Cristina Quinones, as a response to the toxic materials often used in furniture production. Each piece is hand crafted using organic waste including plantains from a Cuban restaurant in London and used coffee grounds from local cafes. Both of these materials are used in abundance in the designer's native country and other communities and therefore present an opportunity to develop the range within other countries with similar cultural backgrounds.

    Raw Materials

    Blackhorse Road, United Kingdom

    • Blackhorse Road, United Kingdom

  • II

    Preparing the mould and casting the pieces

    Recycled clay was used to make the initial full-scale model of each design. A soft silicone shell, and a hard jesmonite shell, which is water based, solvent-free, and non-toxic was used in the mould-making process. Only one mould per design is made, as after one is finished, it is completely reusable.

    Preparing the mould and casting the pieces

    Blackhorse Road, United Kingdom

    • Blackhorse Road, United Kingdom

    • Blackhorse Road, United Kingdom

  • III

    Unveiling the final pieces & finishing

    Unveiling the final pieces & finishing

    Blackhorse Road, United Kingdom

    • Blackhorse Road, United Kingdom

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