The young generation Lithuanian designer Agnė Kučerenkaitė enjoys working with raw materials, transforming them into valuable products, methods and systems, seeking interaction between design, society, industry and environment.
Her design process is characterized by in-depth research, experimental approach and hands-on practice, motivated by historical and sociocultural contexts. The designer won the prestigious Red Dot ‘Best Of The Best Product Design 2020’ award for the ‘Ignorance is Bliss’ project, which turned industrial scrap metal into a powder paint used to paint porcelain dishes and ceramic tiles. Agnė Kučerenkaitė created this project last year while studying at the Eindhoven Academy of Design, and now this collection is included in the list of ‘Dezeen’ nominees.
‘IGNORANCE IS BLISS’
‘Ignorance is Bliss’ is the ongoing project about reincorporating value of metal waste from industries, such as water treatment plants and soil remediation companies into new valuable products and methods. Metals, unfortunately, are a non-renewable resource and metal mining affects air, water quality, and life forms. Agne Kucerenkaite experimented with various techniques to find the use of this waste product by conducting broad-scale material research, which showed great potential for coloring ceramic glazes. The collection consists of elegant porcelain tableware and ceramic interior wall tiles, which are the representation of small and large-scale applications of metal waste. The colors are the result of pure pigments extracted from metal pollution. In this project, surprisingly, the more contaminated the raw material, the more vibrant designed objects are. The goal is to challenge the current industrial color mass- manufacture and benefit the environment.