It was during lockdown when spending more time in his hometown,
Eugène Riconneaus became more conscious of the wave of litter in the ocean and its surfacing on to the beaches, which ignited ER’s new focus when developing product; This new creation of footwear will be influenced by the invisible (materials) and not just design. Riconneaus states “In my mind, the new creativity of tomorrow is about what isn’t visible.”
Imagine getting the right to reproduce a Rodin sculpture but replacing bronze by ocean plastic. Generations over generations will cherish the material and never release him alone.
Auteur(s) : Auguste RODIN
Titre : Torse d’Adèle
Date de création : 1882
Matériaux : 38kg of Marine litter cleaned
Dimensions : H. : 13,3 cm ; L. : 44,5 cm ; P. : 19 cm
© Agence photographique du musée Rodin - Pauline Hisbacq
Sea based activities represent 50% of the ocean pollution. I see this material as ready-made to give a proposition to others and influence action for the ocean. The idea is to create the demand that appreciates and cherishes marine litter products: from fishnets plastics to oyster farms’ waste and algae”
We created our own material made from marine litter. Turning his creative studio into a laboratory, switching his colour search to material research, Eugène Riconneaus focused on the invisible elements that could be use in the fashion, art and furnitures design sector. Reimagining the potential of items such as fishnets, seaweed and seafood wastes.