This collection of bowls, tables and seats are made using used coffee grounds and plantain waste from London based restaurants and cafes.
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.
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.
Unveiling the final pieces & finishing