Make&Mold Furniture

About This Project

The idea for the Make&Mold (furniture) series started with the desire to reclaim industrial mould processes for thermoplastics. Working as an autonomous designer creating their own techniques and processes, Rutger de Regt & Marlies van Putten are not restricted by industrial standards, only by the limitations of the materials he works with. When looking at the qualities and possibilities of thermoplastic materials, they started to experiment with recycled polypropylene, a thermoplastic which melts when heated. During his experiments, they discovered that what they ware still missing was a medium to apply the heat. Rutger created a basic heat conducting mould, and filled it with raw material. By heating the mould from the outside the material melts and bonds together. After cooling down they emptied the mould and a finished product comes out. Due to this new technique the character and detail are created during the production process so every object is unique. Due to the low mould cost, it is possible to make custom moulds for specific project.