Sometimes when i’m talking with people about upcycle design, they ask me which design I like most. And my answer is always the same. There’re several designs I like, but for me the best upcycle design is where there’s a collaboration between designer and a community in making upcycle design out of trash. Where the designer comes up with an idea and where a local community is taught how to make these design products using their skills. Most of the time I come across projects situated in India and now I found a project in Jakarta, Indonesia.

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Youngsters learn how to make trash design

The project is called Ffrash and is initiated and organized by Gina Provo Kluit, a Dutch woman who is living in Jakarta. Dutch design studio OOOMS was invited to co-operate in the project to help former street children in Jakarta. Guido Ooms & Karin van Lieshout are a Dutch design-duo that founded OOOMS after they graduated from the Design Academy Eindhoven.

The main assignment for OOOMS was to design a collection of interior trash design products, by re-using waste material. “Besides that we had to train former street children and teach them how to make these products. One of the goals was to improve their workshop skills and teach the youngsters the principles of design and entrepreneurship. By doing this they have a better chance of finding a job. The profit generated by the sales of the Ffrash products will be used to support KDM, the shelter that provides the street children a home, education, attention and much more. This is also the location where the workshop has been set up.”
OOOMS first started with getting a clear picture of the enormous amount of trash in the streets that’s also clogging the sewer system. They collected as much info as they could so they could experiment with different waste materials and start designing concepts and ideas to take with them on their second visit to Jakarta. Subsequently machines were bought, a workshop was setup, prototypes were made and youngsters got their training. “The selected youngsters make a great team and rarely have we seen such enthusiasm and motivation!”

Photos © OOOMS

In 2013 OOOMS was very proud to present their first interior product collection for Ffrash. The official launch of the Ffrash collection has been held during the Dutch Design Week 2013 in Eindhoven, The Netherlands.
And a project like Ffrash is what I mean when people ask me about upcycle design I like the most. I my opinion this upcycle design is a win-win-win situation. A local community benefits, the environment benefits and the designer is able to create his design.

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