RESEARCH BY DESIGN
Re—gained is a platform for research by design. Research into the practice
of waste materials from the Dutch
manufacturing industry. For high-end reuse to become common pratice, there seem
to be two challenges:
sees it as its task to meet these challenges and to develop new forms of
production in the manufacturing industry project-by-project. By exploring
possibilities as an outsider, defined in time and scope, we offer a clear way
to initiate development. By means of targeted research, product design and
producing limited editions, we discover new ways for reuse and involve partners
and an audience in this transition as well.
- lack of knowledge, time or money to re-develop existing products and processes
into circular alternatives;
- resistance to the labour-intensive processes to reuse residual materials.
The design research takes place in collaboration with project partners. In doing so, we develop knowledge for them as well as for Re—gained, with the possible additional outcome of a new circular design. Our definition of design is a broad concept and varies from architecture, fashion, to art and product design.
The production is carried out in collaboration with a selection of Dutch social production houses. Inclusiveness is an important part of the concept and that is why Re—gained is building / weaving a network of social enterprises, where the design products are produced jointly and risks are shared. The common goal is a Re—gained collection that provides a manageable but continuous form of high-quality social work. The various partnerships create a meaningful community in which every link in the process is of value and a diversity of employees and partners contributes to the quality of the label.