Driven by a passion for real craftsmanship, typography and beautiful, tactile design, Redopapers explores ways to repurpose this paper to create unique, handmade design products. These are the four pillars of their mission:
The printing process generates a large amount of paper waste and surplus, which consists of printed and unprinted paper. Redopapers thinks of ways to take this waste stream, and turn it into unique, handmade products. Redopapers subscribes to the ideas of the circular economy and has great fun designing waste materials back to life.
Redopapers teams up with special education schools to offer work experience to students from these schools. Students are given tasks according to their individual needs and skills, gaining work-experience and contributing meaningfully with adequate supervision and guidance.
Since all production steps remain in-house, the high quality standards of all products is maintained.
The unique characteristics of the material drive the design process.
Linde and Tille are passionate about paper as a working material and book design, which stems from their background in graphic design. Their designs are deliberately uncomplicated and clean, allowing the materials to take the lead role.
Experimentation is central to the process. They explore and try out different bookbinding and finishing techniques.
The work starts with hand-selecting waste paper at multiple printing companies.
The cutouts from large prints or patterns
often results in new, beautiful and abstract compositions which form the basis of new, usable products.
Each product consists of many different misprints. This way each piece is unique.
The final product has a pronounced tactile component, caused by the use of a variety
of paper types in each piece.
Because of the large variety in types and thickness of paper, creating Redopapers products requires a lot of manual work.
Every piece is made by hand in Antwerp, keeping the production small scale.