As an ongoing project by Actually Existing, the Edit series investigates sustainable practices and challenges the concept of luxury. The project aims to re-educate the consumer by providing hand crafted, considered accessories, constructed from waste materials in our Melbourne workshop. Each piece is made using traditional craft skills to ensure exceptional quality and longevity; we produce small runs and one-off pieces depending on the supply of materials. The Edits investigate the beauty of imperfection and transformation, implying that luxury is a concept grounded in creative openness and adaptation.
The Edit project is a creative response to the structural problem of mass production and waste.
Each piece is hand crafted from pre-existing items, or the surplus materials of local manufacturing. All of the materials that would otherwise be destined to become consumer waste have been edited to grant them another existence. The reinvented physical object thereby functions as a symbolic enquiry into the notion of accumulative consumption.
We seek to reimagine luxury through exploring traditional craft(wo)manship. We’re interested in design’s capacity to create desire through the interaction of the common and the discarded with the peculiar and the unique