ROVER by Tom De Koninck


Waste Underestimated

ROVER, the passion project by recently graduated furniture designer, Tom De Koninck, is the translation of his lifelong ecological awareness and commitment. 

ROVER is a collection of circular furniture designs that inventories and reuses residual streams from local industries. By seeking systematics in production, it becomes possible to reproduce the furniture. The project starts from what there is, which reverses the design process. The design flows from the nature and characteristics of the residual materials. 
ROVER's design creates awareness of our waste and carbon footprint & aims to take circular design beyond anecdotal one-offs
Inventory is an important part of the project. It shows which (residual) materials are produced. The furniture gives an indication of what the possibilities are with it.

The first ROVER collection consists of five different chairs, two lamps and a magazine holder. The furniture is made from various materials sourced from industries in Aalst, central Belgium, and neighbouring locations. Each piece shows the identity of the company it derives from and the uniqueness of the materials used. Apart from the furniture fittings, these pieces are 100% constructed from materials, labeled by the industry as residual.