Super Local is a Dutch design studio that collaborates with local communities to solve problems and design new solutions. “90% of the world population is lacking the financial capacity for traditional design, but does have a need for well-designed products and insightful solution. We are passionate problem solvers, story tellers and fixers and our human-centered approach is hands-on and based on collaboration with local communities, organizations and partners.”
Together with Zanzibari craftspeople, Super Local has recently created a selection of furniture objects using terrazzo created from discarded glass. This project was inspired by a trip to Zanzibar — an island off the east coast of Africa — that Super Local visited back in 2015. The lack of recycling opportunities and the huge amount of glass waste led Super Local designers, Luc van Hoeckel and Pim van Baarsen, to a creative solution. Teaming up with local makers, the pair began making products using glass bottles collected from hotels. The second step of this recycling initiative is titled “Trending Terrazzo”, a collection of homewares available to buy locally in Zanzibar.
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