THE TOWN HOUSE
In summer 2023 we had the opportunity to work on our biggest project yet: 19 recycled plastic table tops for The Town House, Alresford.
The owners contacted us because they had previously bought some of our Sand Peony coasters, and asked if we could make them, but big! The challenge was accepted.
In total, we made sixteen 760mm square tops, and three 900mm round, all at 20mm thickness, totalling around 220kg of plastic.
For the square tables, we pressed large rectangular sheets at about 1800mm by 800mm - from one sheet, we could then cut out two square table tops.
It was also another opportunity to collaborate with Thomas Gontar at Glynde Forge, who made the wonderful hand-forged steel legs.
ANGELA'S & DORY'S OF MARGATE
RESTAURANT TABLES & COUNTERTOPS
For the 2017 opening of Michelin-starred seafood restaurant Angela’s of Margate, UK, we crafted fourteen marble-like table tops in neutral-white with streaks, veins and wisps of dark green.
Just over 200kg of waste LDPE plastic packaging was collected from Brighton and Hove businesses for the making of the table tops.
The following autumn, sister restaurant Dory’s of Margate asked us to create the countertops of their gorgeous seafood bar, which incorporated another 100kg of waste plastic in black, white, clear tones, with bright veins of yellow.
HOTELS, BARS & RESTAURANTS
Over the years we’ve had the pleasure of working with many hotels, bars, and restaurants looking to reduce their waste by replacing their disposable napkins and cardboard coasters with something reusable and beautiful.
Our ability to deboss logos into the top surface of the coaster and create bespoke colour schemes has also made this a popular choice amongst drinks companies looking for unusual and sustainable gifting ideas and POS.
Because of our colour mixing method we are able to create bespoke colourways in endless combinations, and are usually able to duplicate colour palettes to design briefs.
EDITION HOTELS, WORLDWIDE, 2016 - 2024
LAVO, LONDON, 2023
HAKKASAN, LONDON, 2023
YAUATCHA, LONDON, 2023
DISCARDED SPIRITS CO., 2022
COUCH, STIRCHLEY, 2022
SAM'S RIVERSIDE, LONDON, 2022
NINE LIVES, LONDON, 2020
CYAN, THE GRAND, BRIGHTON, 2019
FAM, ITALY, 2019
INTERNAL WINDOW FACADE FROM CONSTRUCTION PLASTIC WASTE
In summer 2022 we had the opportunity to collaborate with fellow waste material artist Charlotte Kidger. We worked together in finding an elegant solution to an ugly problem - the LDPE waste created during the construction of a new premises for Zurich Insurance in Swindon, UK.
With Charlotte we also hosted a plastic recycling workshop for the local community, making some coasters for the participants on the day in their choice of colours. Together we sorted through the 80kg of waste plastic that had accumulated during the construction of the building, mostly in the form of sheet material, mortar bags and pallet wrap. With this plastic we created 55 suspended marbled discs for the window of the ground floor, showcasing the potential of this waste material in art form.
In 2019 we created a decorative wall panel for the zero-waste restaurant FREA, Berlin.
Comprised of waste LDPE sent to us over a few months from the venue, this piece is still one of our all time favourites.
1400 x 900 x 12mm, 17kg.
TOM GONTAR X WEEZ & MERL
TABLES & BOTTLE OPENERS
We have been collaborating with Thomas Gontar on various projects for the last couple of years - our ethics align perfectly: obsession with traditional crafts, recycled materials, and all things handmade.
Our collections of tables and tools are a celebration of crafts new and old, stemming from a desire to highlight the importance of the handmade in a time where so much is mass-produced and unsustainable: together we’re looking to the past, but also to the future, to see what can emerge when the two come together.
This really is the tip of the iceberg and we have many more exciting works in the pipeline!