The junk mail that’s stuffed into our mailboxes on a regular basis actually does have a practical use: the tough paper it’s made of can be shredded and formed into surprisingly strong new pressed paper products. ‘Junk Press’ by Andrew Simpson of Supercyclers finds a functional and attractive use for all of this typically discarded printed paper.
The press is sand-cast in aluminum with interchangeable molds that make a variety of items including bowls, plates, cups and coasters. The bowl molds are geometric, creating interesting-looking objects out of what’s normally considered trash.
The junk mail is shredded and added to a blender with water to create a paste that can be compressed into shape. As Simpson told DesignBoom, “The bowls we ended up making make the best use of draft angles to apply even pressure to the part and the form is a play on paper folding with the sharp ‘fold’ lines covering the internal of the bowls.”
“A sort of jaffle for cooking up small vessels, Junk Press was inspired by the reams of junk mail that perpetually and magically appears in our post boxes.”
“In his usual fashion, Andrew Simpson saw this stuff (junk mail is almost waste before it is ever even useful) as a resource and set about making a machine that anyone can purchase and use to make vessels using a series of different moulds to suit different moods. Beauty out of the mess…”
“Andrew Simpson is an industrial designer and product engineer with his own practice Vert Design. He works on all sorts of design challenges, and is interested in ideas, transformation and sustainable materials.”“Andrew began his formative years as a designer, blowing glass. You can see the blowing of a beautiful bubble-icious Vert Design glass globe lamp here Rediscovering old knotting techniques, the globe was then suspended with a rough net knotted out of cable, so that the power cord seems to merge with the net.”
“At the heart of Andrew’s designs is a desire to create work that is beautiful to look at, use and hold. His interest in the human side of design and deep respect for the planet ensures his designs connect with people and diminish environmental impact. He uses simple forms to bring pleasure to everyday objects and events; always finding new ways to create products that evoke feeling in his audience. His design motto is ‘elegance not novelty.'”