About

crafting plastics! studio was founded in 2016 by product designer Vlasta Kubušová and production designer Miroslav Král. Studio is based between Berlin and Bratislava.

Realizing dynamic research and innovation in materials and design, we provide base for interdisciplinary progress towards enjoyable sustainability and more transparent production. We explore new ways of developing products, from basic craft approach to high-tech machinery. Our pursuit is to be in full control of the lifespan of the product, from its origin – in the form of unrefined material – through the final product until its inevitable decay.

The problems caused by petroleum-based conventional plastics are becoming increasingly evident: high energy / resource consumption and an unmistakable environment pollution and climate change acceleration are no longer to be ignored.

Extensive research into the direction of production and overconsumption directs us towards the idea that biodegradability can unexpectedly solve another problem: the constant quest for novelty, consumption of the latest revolving trends, and the aspirational acquisition that defines the capitalist system as we know it.

Our products could serve this need while NOT creating leftovers, waste, trash and unemployed mass. What if fast production can be ecological and social? What if you can use your product after usage to fertilize plants?

In crafting plastics! studio we are trying to introduce sustainable products in which the team is actively involved in all value-added stages. We emphasise low-key and high-end. By combining craft + technology, fast + slow production methods, we discover the mostly unknown field of bioplastics derived from plants. These, together with compatible technologies, are being explored and possible applications tested.

 

Exhibitions

2018

Milan Design Week, Spazio Rossana Orlandi  | April  | 17 - 22
IMM Cologne I January I 15 - 21

2017

Operae | November | 3 - 5
Designblok Prague | October 23 - 30
Designers Open Leipzig | October 20 - 22
Brno Design Days |  October 5 - 8
Slovak Design Museum - Exhibition of Slovak National Prize Finalists | September 28 - November 30
Bratislava Design Week | June 7 - 11
Stedelijk Museum ’s-Hertogenbosch Netherlands | April 7 - September 3
Milan Design Week | Capitalism is over - A farewell party | Cascina Cuccagna

2016

Designblok Prague | Open Studio, Diploma Selection 
Dutch Design Week
Bratislava Design Week | Slowatch concept store
Beirut Design Week | Exhibition curated by studio QUEI
State Of Design Berlin | Exhibition curated by Max Borka
Milan Design Week | cp!s Collection 1 | Spazio Rossana Orlandi 
IMM Cologne | UDK selection
BASF | Mannheim exhibition

2015

Designtransfer | Transfect Design System! | UDK Master students final exhibition
Rundgang show UDK
Fashion Week Berlin | NotJustALabel x Zalando Fashion House

 

Awards & Honours 

2018

German Design Award 2018 | Best Newcomer | Nominee

2017

Openmaker PSS Call | Winner

Green Product Concept Award | Finalist
Art Prize Tatra Banka 2017 | shortlisted 
Slovak National Prize for Design | Design with added value | Finalist
Make me! Award 2017 | Lodz Design Festival | Finalist
Talente 2017 Munich | Finalist

2016

Berliner Startup Stipendium
Startup Award SK | Finalist
Designblok Prague | Diploma Selection | Best Product Design | winner
Bratislava Design Week | Best Product + Special Prize winner

 

Talks & Workshops

2018

Brussels, European Comittee | Talk - Bioplastic: Visions an challenges in the field of product design | April  | 16

Liptovský Mikuláš, Slovak Plastic Cluster | Talk - Bioplastic: Challenges and visions in the field of product design | April | 11

2017

Bratislava Design Week | Design Talks

2016

Designtransfer | VVV workshop for KollisionenWoche

2015

UDK - Fashion Department  | Talk for the project Bangladesh
Zalando workshop | Trend forecasting show

 

Press  

Dennik N | June 2017 | crafting plastics! studio
Viewpoint Magazine | April 2017 | crafting plastics! studio
Trend | January 2017 | crafting plastics! studio
Trashure | June 2016 | Collection 1 | Milan Design Week 2016
Milk Decoration | May 2016 | Collection 1 | Milan Design Week 2016
Dezeen | May 2016 | Collection 1 | Milan Design Week 2016
Wallpaper | May 2016 | Collection 1 | Milan Design Week 2016
Materia | ​May 2016 | Collection 1 | Milan Design Week 2016
Código | May 2016 | Collection 1 | Milan Design Week 2016
Consciously Sartorial | May 2016 | Collection 1 | Milan Design Week 2016
Coveted | May 2016 | Collection 1 | Milan Design Week 2016
Design Magazin (CZ) | May 2016 | Collection 1 | Milan Design Week 2016
City Magazine (SI) | April 2016 | Collection 1 | Milan Design Week 2016
NotJustALabel | June 2015 | crafting plastics! platform