Ariane Prin’s RUST Collection

Each piece in the RUST collection is entirely handmade and unique in texture and coloration

Ariane Prin launched the RUST homeware collection for the London Design Festival 2015. The collection ‘is inspired by the desire to create new form and utility out of commonly disregarded waste materials’ – in this case by mixing metal dust with plaster and Jesmonite.

RUST collection by Ariane Prin
RUST collection by Ariane Prin

French-born Ariane Prin’s work follows a reinterpretation of raw waste materials to create new products. Composed of pots, trays, and vases formed with a mix of metal dust, plaster and Jesmonite, no two items in the RUST collection are the same. Entirely handmade and with variations in color and intensity, the metal dust used for the pieces originates from key cutting and other metalworking workshops across London. It is the metal dust oxidation which gives each product a unique texture.

The shapes I chose for the RUST range are extremely simple. I wanted to let the material and its visual articulation be the heroes of this series of products.

Metal dust oxidation creates the unique texture
Metal dust oxidation creates the unique texture

Ariane says of her work ‘It takes about three days to complete a piece in RUST. That is if you don’t consider the high variability of the rusting process – I often reject and recycle pieces in the production when I’m not happy with the result. But every time I go to the studio I’m excited to see the object’s changing textures. It’s like each one of them was alive and mutating with time’


Ariane Prin’s website | twitter @arianeprin | instagram #rustbyrprin

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