3D-printing startup Batch.works has unveiled its first full homeware collection, made entirely from bio-based PLA plastic, and plastic reclaimed from water bottles and packaging.
The range includes lighting, containers, candle holders and vases, each of which was produced at Batch.works’ east London headquarters. The pieces were 3D printed using Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM), which builds objects up in layers using melted plastic filament.
“People are becoming more and more aware of the impact of mass production and the fossil fuel plastics that are directly related to climate change,” says Batch.works founder Julien Vaissieres. “Batch.works is bringing a more environmentally friendly option to the market by using recycled and renewable materials, and local manufacturing. Our innovative production process eliminates waste – we keep all our plastic waste to turn them back into products!”
The homeware is the brand’s first international collaboration, featuring pieces designed by Warsaw practice UAU – who took inspiration from the shapes of sea urchins – and Paris-based studio Bold Design. It’s available in a range of pastel colours, as well as deeper shades, including Batch.works‘ own take on Pantone’s colour of the year, Living Coral.
“We met Julien from Batch.works after discovering his work on Instagram, as our fields were pretty similar,” says Bold Design. “It felt right to do something together, as our two companies are complementary. We love to explore and experiment with the limitations of tools, and find out how to express potential. We believe Batch.works is creating something new by producing accessible consumer goods from the centre of the city.”
Batch.works plans to partner with more international studios for its forthcoming Batch Market platform. Here, designers will be able to submit designs for review, with the most innovative selected for production.
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As part of Batch.works goal of upscaling product capacity by 500% by 2020, the company also intends to launch smart factories in cities around the world – allowing products to be 3D-printed on-demand, using sustainable materials and eliminating waste from the manufacturing process.
“Not only will this establish a new standard for 3D printing and product design, we aim to revive the possibilities of local manufacturing using recycled and responsibly sourced materials,” says Vaissieres.
“After printing over 15,000 products over the last two years – and working with global companies including Paperchase and Spaces – we want to bring Batch.works products to the consumer. Our aim is to disrupt production and the manufacturing industry by streamlining the process in an efficient and eco-friendly way, controlling every step of the design fabrication and packing.”
Former architect Julien Vaissieres set up Batch.works in 2016, with the aim of making affordable and eco-friendly products that make the most of 3D printing’s speed and efficiency. The company has worked with brands including Spaces, which offers coworking offices, Paperchase, and digital marketplace Etsy – which shortlisted Vaissieres’ pen pot design for its 2016 Retail Star Award. The founder was also included in Stationery Matters’ Thirty Under 30 Class of 2018, and Batch.works was shortlisted for Consumer Product of the Year in the 2019 3D Printing Industry Awards, chosen from over 5,000 nominations.
All of Batch.works’ products are printed on-site at its east London headquarters. As well as working on new editions of existing products, the company is currently exploring partnerships with international designers, and more ways of incorporating biodegradable materials into its products.
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Where did your love of design come from?
As far as I can remember, I’ve always been taking things apart to understand them. My Architectural degree has allowed me to cultivate my love for design and manufacturing processes. It also gave me the tools to structure my creativity.
What inspired you to start Batch.works?
My Master of Architecture degree was focus on local making and digital fabrication. I decided to pursue this as a side project while I was working as an architect. At the beginning everything was happening in a 6 sqm room in my flat – it was all about weekend projects and local markets. Then I moved my tools to a maker-space called Machines Room where I met a community of makers like me! After a few part time projects I decided to quit my job to build an actual business – now called Batch.works!
What do you look for in the designers you collaborate with?
They are two main criteria – as we are quite young, I try to look for designers who already know about 3D printing and 3D modelling.
The second one is purely the aesthetic and uniqueness of the product idea. We always try to challenge our 3D process to produce innovative and interesting designs.
What are your future plans for Batch.works?
Growing our marketplace (Batch.works) is one of our main challenges and if everything goes to well, we’ll be able to expand our production in other capital cities across Europe. We plan to have over 70 international designers and over 150 products by 2021.
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We partnered with Batch.works on launch marketing & PR, social media, social media advertising, and content creation.
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