Pulp by Jo Meesters


Dutch designer Jo Meesters has developed a collection of vessels made from waste paper pulp.

Meesters combines the paper pulp with resins to make a water-tight material and moulds it around discarded pots.

Photos are by Ingmar Timmer. Here's a short statement from Meesters:


PULP is a collection of vessels made entirely out of paper pulp using discarded vessels as a mould. The collection started as a research searching for alternative materials made out of paper waste.

By combining other materials with pulp such as epoxy and polyurethane, a new material is born with it’s own characteristics leading to a series of vessels made out of paper that can hold water.


Posted by Rose Etherington

Posted on Thursday January 10th 2008 at 10:44 am by . Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • The Dutch do it again! From graphics to products to interiors, they keep coming up with wonderful, poetic concepts. Gelukwensen!

  • K. Rimane

    very nice. another beautiful dutch creation. Do we know if they’ll for sale soon, where and at what price ?

  • Amazing how designers as well as scientists can make strides towards sustainability. When will we be getting the color collection?

  • I really like the basic look of these items. Creative way to recycle waste paper!

  • Crusty the Clown

    Tiffany, polyurethane and epoxy are hardly ‘sustainable’ or good for the environment. Anyone who has worked with resins can attest to their volatility. If left the alone, the paper pulp would degrade much faster than when mixed with these resins.

    So if I mix my poop with epoxy resin and make a dining chair, is that reducing the waste stream? Give me a break. The whole eco-green-sustainable gimmick is getting out of hand people.

    Not to knock the artist, they make no such claims.

  • Side show Bob

    I agree with Crusty! and also the Japaneese have been producing exquisite paper mache vessils for centuries without adding nasty resins to them. I work with the resins she uses and they are not enviromentaly friendly. Taking the green issue out of the equation I dont like these objests, crude looking, No finess, Student fodder.

  • Green or not, nice “raw” look that would fit a patio with well chosen plants and flowers. Nice stuff.

  • Danno

    Judging by the smooth surface on the interior, I can assume that the work is formed around the outside of the prototype. My question is: How do you get the “discarded vessel” mould out of the finished product? I can only assume it must be shattered and removed piece by piece from the interior of the paper creation. So a vase or pot or whatever is destroyed to make a less durable vessel out of harmful ingredients. Nice.