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STUDIO PLASTIQUE

Theresa Bastek and Archibald Godts founded Studio Plastique in 2017 in Brussels after graduating from Design Academy Eindhoven.

Bio

Their work combines imaginative scenarios and critical reflections with in-depth investigations of complex material supply chains and technological infrastructures, thus pushing the boundaries of what design aims to achieve. Studio Plastique builds up networks of collaboration around significant themes for contemporary society, strategically positioning the role of the designer in an evolving landscape of industry, culture, and human experience. (T.Shafrir)

Studio Plastique’s work has received international recognition and their work has been shown at the Design Museum Ghent, Design Museum Holon, Van Abbe Museum Eindhoven, as well as international fairs and platforms. They recently received the Henry van de Velde Young Talent Gold Award in Belgium and the SYN Award in Germany.

In the film Studio Plastique presents the project Common Sands.
Common Sands vases are made from glass components of discarded household appliances.
Currently the re-use of waste-glass from electric and electronic equipment (WEEE) is challenging. Inconsistent properties render this glass undesirable for a glass industry aiming for consistent results. This means microwave oven residues might turn out grey, green or brown glass, whereas scale glass or fridge glass tend to result in emerald green or bluish tones. Melting stages and glass compositions are exploited in the structure and texture of the glass. The objects are marked by laser to indicate origin, location and date of transformation of the resource in order to establish an informed relationship between resource, product and user.

Events

23∙10∙2021 > 23∙03∙2022
Festivals & Events
THE OBJECT BECOMES.

Common Sands - Vases (Homemade series) 20-21
Festivals & Events

Materials : Glass from discarded E-Waste
Dimensions : 12x12x20cm 

28∙11∙2019 > 29∙11∙2019
Brussels
D2B DESIGNERS TO BUSINESS
09∙04∙2019 > 14∙04∙2019
Opificio 31
Milan Design Week 2019
GENEROUS NATURE

OUT OF THE WOODS
Brussels

2018
Reserach material and examples
Bark, sawdust, wood resin

Cultivating the forests’ richness

Though wood is considered a sustainable material, the danger of seeing our forests turned into single-crop spaces is real. A practice that can eventually lead to the depletion of soil and the destruction of biodiversity. With ‘Out of the woods’, Studio Plastique invites us to develop, somewhat like our ancestors, a broader and more balanced relationship with these fragile ecosystems. To this end, the duo has explored various “recipes” based on bark, leaves, thorns or even colophony, (sourced from natural resin). This has brought about new and surprisingly resistant materials. And totally green! To give them an initial form, Teresa Bastek and Archibald Godts offer bricks… “building blocks that can form furniture, space dividers, all kinds of things… a way of reminding us that there are always possibilities we have not thought of.”

09∙04∙2019 > 14∙04∙2019
Opificio 31
Milan Design Week 2019
GENEROUS NATURE

TOYS
2019
pure MDF
20 x 20 x 5 – 30 cm
Produced by Ardenne Toys 

A fun and sustainable fantasy world

Ardenne Toys is born out of the desire to offer wooden, environmentally friendly, locally manufactured toys. Approached by the gouache paint manufacturer Pébéo to create “worlds to paint”, the company turned to the duo Studio Plastique. Archibald Godts and Teresa Bastek then imagined these grids in which you can slide in different shapes, evoking a farm, the seaside, or even the city… “The challenge was to stimulate children’s creativity. For this, we needed shapes that give clues but are not overly defined, as you have to leave the child the freedom to define their own universe”, the duo points out. The parts (made from pure, formaldehyde-free MDF) can be painted over several times and wear several faces. “At some point, no doubt, the children will consider them to be finished. Then they will really be “their toy”: objects they will build a personal and sustainable relationship with.”