Some materials are more interesting than others. And some, at first glance, don’t have aesthetic qualities that stand out. Have a look at something like a metal wire mesh grid. An object or material that you normally take for granted. Maybe to you, it’s even boring. And that’s one of the reasons why upcycling is so interesting. Especially upcycle design. It can turn a simple object like this metal wire mesh grid and turn it into something quite interesting with a higher value. Just have a look at these beautiful accessories.
Simplicity and elegance
One of the designers that know how to upcycle simple or everyday objects or materials, is French designer Benjamin Rousse. He describes the collection he made using a metal wire mesh grid as “drawing the outline of simplicity”. I describe it as a form of French simplicity and elegance.
This series is called Tower and is composed of a porcelain base to hold the liquid, surmounted by a fine mesh of white metal mesh grid. This minimalist vase design is quite functional because of its metal structure. It allows for maintaining flowers of different sizes. Because of this, you could even imagine complex floral compositions. So it doesn’t matter what kind of flowers you have, with this upcycle design vase anything is possible.
Wire mesh accessories play with contrast
The designer, Benjamin, tried to play with contrasts. He took 2 elements, one full, serving as a base and providing stability, the other being slender, lightweight, and acting as a “tutor”. There’s another notion of contrast. And that’s in the way duality is shown by using two different kinds of materials. One is luxurious and noble ceramics, and the other is an industrial-looking grid, produced by the metal wire mesh grid.
These characteristics result in an elegant, minimalist, white vase design. The collection has the following dimensions: diameter 6 and height 17 cm en the larger size has a diameter of 11 and a height of 20 cm.
Another upcycle design by Benjamin Rousse is called Enclos. This honest design also uses a metal wire mesh grid, but it has another function. The grid isn’t only there to support flowers, but also to protect plants. We all know that plants, even cacti, need our attention and protection. Some are fragile, others are more robust… and some sting! That’s why it also plays the role of protector for us. Another great addition to this series of wire mesh accessories.
Design by Benjamin Rousse
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