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Using a patented process that utilizes a special binder and the correct amount of heat and pressure, Raul Lauri has created “decafé”, a new material made from coffee grounds. The resulting products are lampshades that are not only functional, but preserve the color and texture of the coffee. From Raul’s site (translated):

Raul Lauri reflects on everyday debris of everyday life and seek new forms of exploitation. In this case, chose coffee as a product near known and consumed worldwide, given that the latter is traded commodity in the world. In addition, coffee is a carrier of experiences happening every day — thousands of stories over a cup of coffee, then why get rid of a product as valuable if we can harness their emotional bonds?

[via Recyclart]

Michael Colombo

In addition to being an online editor for MAKE Magazine, Michael Colombo works in fabrication, electronics, sound design, music production and performance (Yes. All that.) In the past he has also been a childrens’ educator and entertainer, and holds a Masters degree from NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program.


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