The Salvage Lab is a provider of beautifully made, unique objects and pieces of furniture made exclusively from salvaged materials by designers at the cutting edge of their craft.
The Salvage Lab’s activities are twofold. First, it curates exhibitions featuring the creations of visionary designers challenged to make extraordinary pieces solely using materials that would otherwise be discarded. Second, the company serves as a matchmaker between clients interested in owning exclusive products made form salvaged materials and talented designers inspired by a common mission.
Grande was founded in 2013 based on the idea creating projects mixing geometrical elements, technical challenges, noble materials and craftmanship technic.
Originating from a partnership with the marble mason’s workshop “Gros-Derudet” based in Lyon, 6x6 is a project optimising physical properties of stone to get rid of traditional constraints. Inspired by wooden laminated panels, this material is designed as a sandwich of stones glued together and then cut into 6 cm by 6 cm battens.This method significantly increases the rigidity of the rock by creating a new raw material. It then becomes possible to produce pieces of a much greater range and gives the opportunity to use the left overs this industry. This approach allows to implement a system which creates furniture and large structures while preserving a fine stone range.
Harness for Baccarat
Designed by: Charlotte Sunnen & Anna Bitzer ECAL, 2012
This project for the prestigious French crystal manufacturer Baccarat is an invitation to rethink how we consider daily objects.
The Harness is the result of a radical collaboration between a product designer and a graphic designer. By incorporating a strap the vase converts into a backpack. It then becomes a fashion accessory flirting with surrealism.
Baccarat requested to reinterpret one of their collection’s iconic vase, intervening only with cold-working methods on an existing vase.
The Harness was shown amongst other work at Paris Design Week and Designjunction during London Design Festival.
Sideways for Baccarat
Design: Charlotte Sunnen & Anna Bitzer ECAL, 2012
Placed on the crystal the harness becomes a fashion accessory flirting with surrealism. The challenge of this project was to see if one can turn any object into an accessory. Through the
project we started to question what value do people give to inanimate objects. According to how it is wore, some maternal and protective gesture appears.
Hidden Fur for Kopenhagen fur
Hidden Fur is a set of bracelets designed for the largest fur auction house in the world, Kopenhagen Fur. Reusing scraps generated by the fashion industry, ”Hidden Fur” places the fur on the inside of the bracelets to create an intimate experience between the object and its user. Instead on playing with the aesthetic of the fur, the bracelets focuses on its primary quality, warmth.
Care Kit for Audemars Piguet
The care kit was designed as a corporate gift for Swiss watchmaker Audemars Piguet’s clients. The care kit was designed to assist Audemars Piguet collectionneur in keeping their watches in pristine condition. Each step in the cleaning process is assisted by one of the glove’s facets. The main material; leather, facilitate the grip while holding the watch and the built in microfiber cloth helps for the cleaning and polishing phase.