Elos is a project by Souhaïb Ghanmi, in his final year as an industrial design student at Switzerland's ECAL. Ghanmi started by identifying a ready source of materials:
"In the meat industry in Switzerland, there are more than 230,000 tonnes of waste each year from slaughterhouses. I am looking into the recycling of agro-food waste, in particular bones, which pollute by their disintegration, and thus use the maximum of the animal. Bone is, for me, a forgotten and untapped material despite its many properties."
"Elos is a range of switches and sockets using bone meal for its electrical insulation properties."
"The socket is inspired by the articulation of the femur head allowing the cable to be accompanied thus avoiding wear and the organic shapes of the switches are inspired by the cutting of long bones."
"Added to the family, a cover variant combining a cable reel and a telephone charging station."
Pretty creative use of material! Ghanmi is now a minted industrial designer working for a home décor brand, and I hope he's able to convince them to use bone. I think the material is beautiful.
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