Moseanic X Cup of Tea

The collection of sustainable furniture products, which we created with Brinas Studio, Lučkobučka and Moseanic, consists of an armchair, a lamp and a table made of recycled plastic and dried porcelain. The products are all unique, made from natural materials and covered in shades of pink. Moseanic is a composite material that combines a mineral base and washed-up pieces of marine plastic from the Mediterranean area.

Lučka, one of the members of the Moseanic team, got the idea for the name on the Greek island of Crete, where she lived and worked for several months. The name combines a memory of making mosaics, the word sea – sea and part of the word ocean. Lučka confides in us: “I thought that the two ideas came together so beautifully – the use of colorful small pieces that make up a new whole and the sea, where we collect this material and thus relieve it.”

The Moseanic team consists of Lučka Berlot and Ági Göb, with Lučka focusing more on the development of materials and processes related to production and Agi is in charge of product design and other visual materials. They cooperate with many external partners for the production, supply and processing of materials, cleaning campaigns… The biggest challenge of the company is the supply of washed-up plastic. The Mediterranean coast is mostly very rocky and on the southern and western coasts – where most plastic accumulates – difficult to access. At Moseanic, they strive to use micro and macro washed-up plastic of secondary quality, which means it is no longer suitable for recycling. Despite the fact that the collection of such particles is very time-consuming, it is necessary. Lučka and Ági describe: “every piece of plastic that we leave on the coast or in the sea will eventually break down into micro and nano particles, and will be eaten by marine animals and, ultimately, by ourselves. Did you know that a person eats up to 5g of microplastics every week (that’s the weight of one credit card)?”

The production of Moseanic material begins with a clean-up campaign, where in cooperation with various organizations and experts, such as Andreja Palatinus (Clean Coast, Institute of Chemistry), pieces washed ashore are collected. This is followed by inventory, sorting and cleaning. Next comes the dosing and preparation of the composite part. When the production part is completed and when the products are dry and impregnated, they are demoulded, inspected and carefully packed.

The first product created from Moseanic was a table lamp, that was eventually transformed into the Moseanic Tide lamp and can serve as an ambient or functional lamp. As part of the CZK Design Dining project, Lučka and Ági also developed a set of Moseanic Dine serving plates, and currently they mainly produce tiles of various sizes for architectural use. Smaller dimensions serve as decorative tiles or decor, and larger ones as coffee tables, small tables. The last project was the production of serving plates for the restaurant with the Michelin Green Star, Onyx in Budapest, and in the future they plan to design and manufacture the Moseanic Time wall clock.

The lower part of the Moseanic X COT coffee table is made of wood, and the upper surface is made of the described material. The table is 42 cm high. The main advantage and one of the wonderful characteristics of the Moseanic material is that because of it – a certain amount of (micro/macro) plastic no longer floats in the sea and does not burden the environment. At the same time, Moseanic products have a special aesthetic, they are extremely colorful, playful and attractive. The material is not heat treated, but the products can be protected with special water-repellent nano-coatings. Any broken or discarded products can also be ground up and used to make new products.

The Moseanic team advises: “it is good not to leave foods with strong dyes on the surfaces – if wine or something similar is spilled, wipe it with a damp clot as soon as possible. With intensive use (e.g. in a bar, restaurant), it is also good to renew the protective coating at least once a year.”

Lučka describes the Slovenian creative and design scene as lively and full of quality products, innovations and capable individuals and teams. As she says: “I am happy for the opportunity to connect, to cooperate.”

Thank you Lučka and Ági!