Something you said about Ore Streams, that made quite an impression on me, was that you claimed that in the not too distant future there will be more metal on the surface of the Earth than there is underground. We extract so much ore from the Earth for man’s use. Through culture and recycling, design becomes an educational instrument to embark upon an approach regarding what’s new. In this project, object is therefore not just the end result it could also be a means of expression?
Ore Streams focuses the attention on a few problems. Often we give no thought or consideration to the objects’ lifespan and eventual disposal or the way in which it could be recycled. Why do we not think beyond the functionality of a smartphone, and concern ourselves also with the impact it will have on the environment? This project has a more practical second phase launched at the Milan Triennial. Here in collaboration with ONU, we have drawn up guidelines to improve the development of the objects. The aim is to facilitating their eventual disposal. To give an example within smartphones there are different types of electric cables which contain different materials, but for the equipment used to dispose of them is unable to differentiate these differences. If we instigated colour-coding for each type of cable they would become identifiable and the material would be reusable.