Deposit by Odd Matter Studio

Is it possible to develop a material cycle, in which the previous and the waste can be absorbed in the next in such a way that it enriches the material? Cast in Jesmonite, the Deposit series by Odd Matter Studio depicts such as recycling concept.

The Deposit series includes three benches that show a material and a production system in which each piece is a progression of the previous. Like rock formations, these pieces become encrusted and enriched with time. The pieces are able to adapt and change with the needs and tastes of the time without depleting our resources and adding to our landfills.

A ‘Deposit’ can be defined as an amount of money paid to cover possible damage of rented goods, but also as a layer of accumulated matter. According to the designers, Deposit is a reaction to the duality of increased speed in changing trends with a growing awareness and growing unease about material depletion, sustainability, renewability and the environment. The two meanings of the word ‘Deposit’ as given above reflect this duality and form the basis for the project.

Odd Matter Studio continue to explain that on one side there is the idea that what we leave behind for the next generation should be in as good a state as we received it. And ultimately, if possible, an even better one. All materials we use and the objects we create move in cycles that extend beyond our own personal use. Very direct examples of this are; renting something or money-on-return with bottles.

On the other side the project is inspired by the natural phenomenon of depository rock formations. A system in which sand, a mineral or another material is encapsulated or layered into another. Creating complex mixes and textures, enriching the sediment.

A specific issue raised by this project the duality of how to produce and consume goods is that styles, taste, technology, needs and lifestyles change. What is working, useful or in style now might not be in five or ten years time.