RUST: Ariane Prin

19 - 27 September 2015 

RUST is a new collection by product designer Ariane Prin. The studio's first homeware collection was launched for London Design Festival 2015.   

The RUST range is composed of pots, trays, vases and jewellery boxes created by mixing metal dust with plaster and Jesmonite, No two items in RUST are the same: the collection is entirely hand-made and the metal dust oxidation gives each product a unique texture, varying in colour and intensity.   

A continuation of Ariane Prin's line of work, RUST is inspired by the desire to create new form and utility out of commonly disregarded waste materials. The collection's varied surface patterns are obtained by mixing different metal particles with water-based resinand plaster. The metal dust used for the pieces originates from key cutting and other metalworking workshops across London.   

'It takes about three days to complete a piece in RUST. That is if you don't consider the high variability of the rusting process: I often reject and recycle pieces in the production when I'm not happy with the result. But every time I go to my studio I'm excited to see the objects' changing textures. It's like each one of them was alive and mutating with time. The shapes I chose for the RUST range are extremely simple. I wanted to let the material and its visual articulation be the heroes of this series of products.' Ariane Prin

French-born Ariane Prin's work spans across the experimentation and reinterpretation of raw waste materials to create new products, and her work as industrial designer with a number of clients, including Jasper Conran for whom she recently designed tableware collections for Wedgwood and Waterford.   

Ariane Prin graduated from the Royal College of Art with an MA in design products, 2011. Her work has been exhibited internationally since 2004, including Mint Gallery and Heal's in London, Cité de la Mode et du Design and S.Bensimon Gallery in Paris. Prin regularly hosts workshops to share her creative process with a broader audience in collaboration with companies and institutions such as the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Institute of Making and The Dock of Tom Dixon. 

Ariane Prin has been awarded the 2014 prize at the prestigious Vallauris Insternational Biennale of Ceramic for her project Water Cups Fountain.