In September 2023, PlasticFree jumped off the screen with Time Is Running Out, an exhibition at London Design Festival exploring the urgent need to mobilise the global creative industry to drive positive change.
Created in partnership with OMSE Studio, the result was an exhibition of 24 clocks, made with four plastic-free materials and brought to life in partnership with 24 artists. Showcased at 100 Shoreditch, the clocks themselves were made by architecture and design practice EBBA in collaboration with fabricator Simon Sawyer of Our Department, while artists including Gavin Turk, Inga Ziemele, and TYPE01 answered an open call to create the clocks' faces.
“The project was born out of the desire to learn more about plastic-free materials,” says OMSE creative director and founder James Kape. “This was an opportunity to learn how to make things in a more sustainable way, and hopefully take those learnings and use them in our commercial practice.”
“The design industry is aware of plastic-free materials and the need to change the way we produce things. But what’s lacking is the know-how; it’s not as accessible as going to your local printer and just using the materials they suggest.”
We sat down with Kape and Benni Allan, Founding Director of EBBA, to learn more about the challenges and triumphs of creating a plastic-free product.