French designer and RCA graduate Gaspard Tiné-Berès uses electrical parts from repaired electronics in his Short Circuit series, saving the still-functional objects from the fate of a landfill.

He and friend Tristan Kopp set up RE-DO Studio to focus on sustainably inclined and up-cycle friendly projects such as this.

They’ve partnered with Bright Sparks, a re-use center in north London that specializes in repairing minor appliances and home electronics.

The cork elements are crafted with a CNC-milling machine that can be operated with a workshop’s worth of training.

The first products tested were a coffee maker, toaster, and kettle, which they hope to actually begin to produce later this year.

“We aim to make participatory workshops in order to train kids and young adult about electrical knowledge and up-cycling,” he tells Co.Design of his hopes to establish an entire infrastructure around the production.

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Kitchen Appliances Constructed From Their Landfill-Bound Bretheren

Gaspard Tiné-Berès and Tristan Kopp rescue electrical elements from mostly dead appliances and create new, fully functional kettles, toasters, and coffeemakers.

It’s a major annoyance when you flip the switch on a minor appliance and the damn thing doesn’t turn on. More often than not, the problem can be fixed relatively easily with the right know-how (which most of us lack), so sadly these "broken" objects end up as landfill fodder before their time has truly come.

French designer and RCA graduate Gaspard Tiné-Berès started researching Short Circuit to find different solutions for these "waste" items. After taking apart and testing tons of component parts to understand their commonalities and how best to get them functioning again, he developed a series of goods that combines repaired elements with new, CNC-milled cork accents that don’t require the skills of master craftsmen to create.

He recently established RE-DO Studio with friend Tristan Kopp to focus on projects like this—sustainably inclined and up-cycle friendly—and set up shop at Bright Sparks, a re-use center in north London that specializes in giving life back to objects presumed dead.

For Tiné-Berès, it’s more than a clever concept—it’s a viable business model. "We aim to make participatory workshops in order to train kids and young adult about electrical knowledge and up-cycling," he tells Co.Design of his hopes to establish an entire infrastructure around the production. "We believe that for a social enterprise to succeed, it needs to be profitable, which is why we would like to push the design as far as possible in order to create a high-quality commercial product." Together, the team is producing a collection and hopes to launch the kettle later this year.

(h/t It’s Nice That)

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