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published on 08.06.2023

Studio Plastique, bridging the gap

Having just returned from New York, where they took part in ECO-Solidarity, an event organized as part of Wanted Design Manhattan, Archibald Godts and his partner Theresa Bastek, the founders of Studio Plastique, look back on the event and the fundamentals of their project.

Archibald, you're Belgian. And you, Theresa, are German. You met while studying at the Design Academy in Eindhoven. What drew you to the school, and how did you come to set up your studio?

Theresa: We had both just finished studying design. What interested us about the course was the experimental approach and the way in which design can be a vehicle for well-being. This very humanistic side of design is at the heart of our approach. We're not just interested in form and aesthetics, but in the role that design plays in society, from the sourcing of materials to the end of the product cycle.

Tell us about the way you work.

Archibald: In the case of a project commissioned by a particular client, the first part of the job is to understand exactly what that client's needs are and the reality of their business. You can have the best intentions in the world - in terms of sustainability, for example - but if the context of the request is global, it is necessary to take this reality into account when choosing manufacturing processes and modifying materials. In their search for solutions, designers are often faced with limits. Our aim is to try to push them back by making connections between contexts and materials.

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