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Designer Rachel Griffin noticed that there is a huge problem with the stone milling industry: it leaves behind massive amounts of beautiful stone that usually just goes to waste. When she was working on a line of kitchenware that pairs stone and wood, she saw piles of leftover stone chunks that seemed too beautiful to discard, so she figured out a way to give them a new life.

stone fragment plate

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Figuring that there had to be some purpose hiding in the castoff material, Griffin collected the stone and considered how to make them into useful objects. These stone pieces,with their smooth surfaces and rough edges, have a strange but lovely combination of textures and visual characteristics. Griffin decided to turn them into bowls and lids for a series that she calls Fragment.

waste stone pill dish

fragment collection

The stone, the same material used in Griffin’s original kitchenware project, is typically smooth and thin enough to be used as a plate or a bowl. Griffin and her design company Earnest Studio carve out small cavities in the stone to make bowls and even smaller pieces to make lids. The lids and bowls are often made of different types of stone to create an interesting visual contrast. Their beauty and functionality serve as a reminder that even discarded materials can find new life with a bit of creativity.

“The natural stone industry produces a large amount of waste, in the form of slurry, dust and larger offcuts. A portion of this waste is recycled for use in other industries, while the rest is transported to landfills at great expense. However, many such rough pieces have a beauty all their own and need not be discarded. ‘Fragment’ is a series of bowls and lids produced from such rough pieces; the unique shape, colour and texture of each segment determines the look and function of the result. Ranging in diameter from 75 to 250 mm, ‘Fragment’ vessels offer a range of uses, from a vide-poche to a fruit bowl.”