Jasna Sokolovic and Noel O’Connell

Dear Human’s durable Wallpapering tiles are created with recycled paper.

For long now, paper has been recycled and used in interesting ways. But here’s something we’ve not seen before. Dear Human, a Vancouver-based creative studio founded by Jasna Sokolovic and Noel O’Connell in 2009, has done something very interesting indeed. On a perpetual mission to develop new techniques for their work, the firm has utilized a large quantity of paper offcuts from its neighbourhood garment factory. The tiles named Wallpapering are created by using an air release die (a pressured casting machine which is similar to industrial presses for plastic, ceramics and metals). This quick hydraulic process compresses shredded paper into a hard and durable board. The result is a colourful range of hexagonal tiles (20 mm thick) in a variety of styles and prints. Used for areas not affected by excess moisture, these sturdy tiles also have acoustic absorption qualities. The firm’s work draws inspiration from new environments, experimenting with materials, and by collaborating with other designers, architects and artists. In the past, the firm has also experimented with making lovely recycled paper pulp and ceramic lampshades.


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