“What do you think of this colour?” Lars and Erik ask me with a secretive smile on their faces as they shove a coat rack Frits and shelf Guus in my face. All I see is a very cool colour grey, one that I haven’t seen before. And seeing their secretive smiles, I’m also very curious about their story! Guess what? This colour was made from waste powder, left behind in the spray cabin after a colour change. Before, this powder was hardened so it could be removed with all the residual waste.
The waste powder is now collected and used as a colour for Zooi. Obviously, this powder is unique and it can have a different look from time to time, depending on the colours that have been used for powder coating. This background story makes this powder even more beautiful and fits perfect with Zooi; beauty with a story! For me, it is also extra special that we are going to use this, since it’s an idea from the people who powder coat every day.
We have named this unique powder very appropriately “waste grey”. All products below are now available in this colour in our webshop.
The beauty of Zooi is that the limitations of the residual material are your starting point when you’re designing products. You have residual material in a certain dimension and shape and you start from there. With Jut and Jul we have discovered that this can really be a limitation. The residual material with the original thickness had become minimal due to some changes in the cabinet range and the addition of smaller products, all of which is obviously very good for the reduction of waste. However, it was not so good for Jut and Jul and the supply has been really tight lately.
Luckily, the guys in the laser department came up with a brilliant solution; if we were to modify the thickness of Jut from 1.5 mm to 0.9 mm, we would be able to replenish our stock, since there is plenty of residual material available in that size. After some testing we found out that this thickness was even better, since it is much lighter and still high-quality material.
We are happy to report that the stock has been replenished and we will keep replenishing in the coming period.
Fun news, we have a new product: coaster container Rik!
We found our coasters Sjors literally everywhere: on the table, under the table, in the cabinet tucked between the candles and the napkins….and even one in the cutlery drawer. Always searching where they are this time. That is about to change with Rik. Container Rik can hold up to 8 coasters Sjors. In addition to not having to search for your coasters any more, Rik looks very beautiful, an ideal combination! Rik is equipped with 4 protective buttons on the bottom, to prevent damage to the surface. Container Rik is perfect for the dining table, coffee table or the dresser.
Rik is made from a role of sheet steel that was about to be thrown away, so it complies completely with the concept of Zooi! Available in black and white for only € 12,90.
The Dutch dictionary defines the word zooi as: “all sorts of things together, without order”, or, in good English, a mess. But for us, a mess is something completely different. We see mess on a daily basis in the factory. By mess we mean the residual materials that are left over. Those residual materials are our mess, but in a good way, “a beautiful mess” since it is the main resource for our products.
Being creative with various parts that have been thrown away is one of our favourite things to do, all day, every day. The creative team at Zooi designs new products in all sorts of ways. One example is Wim.
We took a large pile of stuff, dumped it on a table, started sorting and puzzling and eventually created candleholder Wim from 3 components.
After ideas for a rocket, crocodile and chess game didn’t make the cut, Wim managed to make it to the finish line. Wim is so much fun thanks to his simplicity!
I, for one, think Wim is great and I already have two of them standing on my table at home! We will continue to sort and puzzle with residual materials in the future and create even more Beautiful Zooi. My definition of Zooi is now: beautifully sorted residual materials. And as a bonus: wouldn’t Wim or Wim XL look great on your Christmas table for breakfast, brunch, lunch or a traditional Christmas dinner?