At London Design: Homage to the Shell by Rania Elkalla

At London Design: Homage to the Shell by Rania Elkalla

Instead of just recycling it over and over, reasons designer Rania Elkalla, how about we move toward phasing plastics out entirely?

View of London Design show with blocks of Shell Homage material

It’s certainly an ambitious notion, yet one that Elkalla’s “Shell Homage” concept addresses head on.

Palette of new egg and nutshell material, different samples

The product is made of egg and nut shells, which are ground to a fine powder, processed with vegetable dyes and biodegradable resins, and fired into rigid or semi-flexible sheets or blocks that can then be sculpted into accessories, light fixtures, furniture, wall panels… the applications limited only by one’s imagination.

Clock made of Shell Homage material
wall hooks

The wall hooks pictured above look like they’ve been carved straight from some quartz-like monolith on Mars, but in fact they’re simply the egg and nutshell formula referenced above. This particular product won first runner-up in the 2022 Pure Talents contest at IMM Cologne.

Shell wall hooks detail

Rania is currently hard at work developing the concept into a full-fledged commercial brand. In the meantime, Shell Homage has not escaped notice by the design world. It’s won or been selected for the Green Concept Award, Recycling Design Prize, European Product Design Award, A’Design, and Surface Design Awards.

Another view of London Design show

Shell Homage also participated recently in the Material Matters show at London Design Week. The multi-colored material pictured above demonstrates its powerful design potential.

Detail of material

See Shell Homage to find out more.

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