The trophies awarded to ArchiCOTE prize-winners are made by the Gémeno-based company Carbon Blue, which upcycles waste plastic to make original objects
COTE Magazine readers will remember Carbon Blue and its founder Stéphane Testa, featured in our Spring 2021 issue.
This innovative company brings revolutionary ideas for recycling end-of-life plastics locally, in a short product chain. With their newly-invented concept of “plastic joinery” they produce high-quality, attractive furniture.
Stéphane Testa’s approach is eco-friendly in three ways: economy (recycling materials that would otherwise go to a landfill or incinerator), local ecosystem (short product chain, with workshops as close as possible to the source of the waste plastics) and a pragmatic, non-dogmatic ecology at the downstream end. At the social level, Carbon Blue prioritises education and training in tomorrow’s skills.
Carbon Blue has forged links with the design world (its Adirondack and Mistral collections for tables and coffee tables) and architecture (e.g. wall protection panels and access ramps). So it seemed natural to commission them to create the trophies for our architecture competition. Stéphane Testa and his team took inspiration from the famous Modulor designed by Le Corbusier in 1945.