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Really like old glassware. The colors, all those facets on a scale, for example, I find that very interesting, I wanted to do something with that. Soon after graduating from Rietveld I discovered how I could reuse that old glass in a modern way. I process it in objects, vases and lamps - the original function of the glass disappears, acquires a new function. For that vintage glass I drive to all kinds of second-hand shops and flea markets in the Netherlands and Belgium. And then I come back with a full car. The importance of reuse was not my biggest consideration, but I think it is a very nice idea that an old, discarded piece goes back into the world as something very beautiful, something that makes people happy again. Such an old saucer that then ends up as a lamp or object with an international clientele,


Because Roos uses old glassware and the range is very different, no two pieces are the same - every object is unique. Yet they also form a unity. Take the new Pendant Lights Juliet, where Roos combines vintage glass with hand-blown glass in different colors, finished with a beautiful flattering LED light. Every Juliet is different, but they nevertheless have a clear Studio Kalff signature. The use of hand-blown glass enables Roos to deliver even more refined customization: 'You can choose hand-blown glass in any color. As a result, the outcome does not depend solely on the vintage glass offer. In this way you can make something in accordance with a customer that completely meets the color palette and the wishes of someone. Totally custom-made. For example, we are now working on lamps for a converted castle in Denmark, with a ten-meter high staircase. A huge project. As far as I am concerned, that is the place where my lamps belong; they get something very fairy-like. The glass lamps and the LED light work together as oneextended chandelier. It really comes into its own there, in an environment where the lamps are given all the space and where history and the modern go together. '

Upcycling old glass and working to order means that waste is kept to a minimum. That is nice, just like the revaluation of something old, something that has not actually been looked into anymore. Nevertheless, 2020 has also brought insights: 'It would be a good idea to have a little more stock, so that people can also buy off the rack . It provides some stability, and I think there is enthusiasm for it. ' Undoubtedly: after all, you get a unique refresher for the interior at home.

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Hester Ezra is co-founder of Carpet of Life, a company that weaves treasured garments into rugs in Morocco, in memory of beautiful moments.

'I guide companies in creating a positive impact on the world and I am at the basis of various ethical brands . This is how Carpet of Life was created. A few years ago I was in Morocco, in a remote area in the Sahara, against Algeria. There is little work in that area, so many men leave to look for work elsewhere, leaving their families behind. I got to know a group of women in M'hamid el Ghizlane and I wanted to work with them and a number of other organizations to explore options for improving their economic situation. '

Hester first investigated with the women where their expertise lay. Crocheting and embroidery were discussed, as was the processing of herbs. That quest eventually led to a useful idea. 'I knew that nomad women there traditionally weave rugs, boucherouites, which are used as sleeping mats and are part of the contents of their tents - that tent plus contents are always the property of the woman, by the way. In the past, these rugs were made of camel hair, goat's and sheep's wool, but that material became more and more expensive and scarce, so since the 1960s the rugs have been made from residual textiles. It occurred to me that we have quite a lot of leftover textiles in the West. Old children's clothes, a favorite dress that no longer fits or clothes of a deceased loved one.

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Particularly beautiful, it turns out, if you look at the examples on Carpet of Life. Not only because of the beauty of such a hand-knotted rug, but also because of the story attached to it. It works simple: you choose an example of the website or make your own design, you collect your textiles and Carpet of Life brings it to the makers. They get your textiles and what that means to you, the story behind it. Together they make a rug out of it, which you will have at home three to five months later. A boucherouite as a souvenir, or as a rite or passage .

'The great thing is that thanks to Carpet of Life the women still had an income last year, despite corona. Morocco is largely dependent on tourism, but that has now come to a halt. The boucherouites make it slightly less difficult. In 2021 we will also collaborate with fashion labels and interior designers to make rugs from leftover textiles. We want to scale up the company and create a lasting economic boost for the women in the south of Morocco. '

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Particularly beautiful, it turns out, if you look at the examples on Carpet of Life. Not only because of the beauty of such a hand-knotted rug, but also because of the story attached to it. It works simple: you choose an example of the website or make your own design, you collect your textiles and Carpet of Life brings it to the makers. They get your textiles and what that means to you, the story behind it. Together they make a rug out of it, which you will have at home three to five months later. A boucherouite as a souvenir, or as a rite or passage .

'The great thing is that thanks to Carpet of Life the women still had an income last year, despite corona. Morocco is largely dependent on tourism, but that has now come to a halt. The boucherouites make it slightly less difficult. In 2021 we will also collaborate with fashion labels and interior designers to make rugs from leftover textiles. We want to scale up the company and create a lasting economic boost for the women in the south of Morocco. '

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