Dimensions: 23cm (H) x 7cm (W) x 7cm (D) / 9.1" (H) x 2.8" (W) x 2.8" (D)
Note: Actual colours may vary due to photography & computer settings.
PineResin vase is a limited edition product, made of a glass-like biomaterial deriving from the byproducts of the cut pine tree (pine resin, sawdust and bark). It seeks to create new material relationships from those parts of the tree that usually are left behind after the tree has been cut. The vase has a mild scent of tree resin and wood and its texture resembles glass.
PineResin is a material research project and quest for discovering new material relationships deriving from the byproducts of timber industry. The glass-like composite material pays tribute to the pine tree, the most industrialized tree in the world, and what is left from it after it has been cut down.
Pine resin, pine bark, sawdust, and charcoal are fused together to shape new structures, functions and aesthetics. With help of natural pigments and varying proportions, the material can differ in color and texture. Being a thermoplastic, PineResin can be re-melted and shaped back into the same, or any new shape each and every time and thus it lives a continuous lifecycle. In fact, Sarmite is a strong believer that designers and manufacturers should consider not only how their products live, but also how they die. That is why each broken vase is welcomed back, re-melted and returned to the owner.
On a broader level the Sarmite looks at the resources of forests. She aims to create alternative production paradigms for the tree cutting industry with less emphasis on timber production. Just like the forest itself, PineResin is an ecosystem of life forms, interdependence and symbiosis.
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Based in: Frankfurt
Sarmite Polakova a material and product designer focusing on sustainable production methods. Originally from Latvia, she is currently based in Frankfurt, Germany. In 2015 Sarmite graduated from the Design Academy Eindhoven where she developed a special interest in raw materials.
Her body of work focusses mostly around transforming unassuming, natural materials into a new purpose and series of design objects through extensive theoretical and practical investigation. Sarmite combines experimental research with the manipulation of existing designing methods, which leads to a design language tailored specifically for each material. Thus, the design objects become the main carriers of the narrative.
The current long-term projects of Sarmite are PineSkins and PineResin. Both projects address the tree cutting industry and its overuse of timber, pine wood in particular.
The designer is proposing more balanced production methods that gives a central role to those parts of the tree that are usually left behind after the tree has been cut.
The work of Studio Sarmite has been exhibited worldwide in design events like Dutch Design Week, Milan Design Week, London Design Festival, Shanghai Design week, Maison&Objet etc.
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