Established in 2007, studio Jens Praet is a design studio based in Panzano in Chianti, a small town near Florence, Italy, run by Belgian designer Jens Praet. Praet studied Industrial Design in Florence and attended master classes at the renowned Design Academy in Eindhoven under Droog Design’s co-founder Gijs Bakker.
For Industry, Praet has created the “Shredded Collection,” pictured above. Praet was disturbed by the huge amounts of wastepaper produced in offices and endeavored to find another use for it, turning this abstract concept into a reality. The studio thus transformed discarded paper into valuable and useful objects. To achieve this end, confetti from shredded paper and resin were mixed together and placed into a mold, where the mixture hardened to become a rigid object.
“What started as a research project,” says Praet, “turned out to be a continuously growing furniture collection that ended up transforming seemingly useless documents and leftover magazines into useful objects. Paper waste returns to our living or working area as usable furniture.”
Studio Jens Praet works from a conceptual angle on topics of contemporary culture, out of own initiative and on consignment. The studio has an intensive approach towards traditional handcrafting in combination with avant-garde techniques. Praet has a strong passion for everyday objects, honest materials, finding inspiration in unexpected details and daily issues which often become the starting point in developing new concepts.
Studio Jens Praet’s work has been exhibited at important international venues and has been featured in many major design publications and newspapers world-wide. Praet’s work is also in the permanent collection of the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh.