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Kevin Rouff

MA work

This is Copper

Copper is ubiquitous to our world, and yet almost invisible. Hidden in devices and motors as coils, wires, and alloys, the metal is in ever increasing demand in the face of renewable energies and quiet cars. But there is much wider material story behind the metal and its production, with gargantuan amounts of byproducts left in its wake.

This project then is an investigation into the material backstory of copper and the uses of those materials. Through material experimentation, working alongside labs in Belgium and mining companies, I explore the potential to use existing processes inspired from the copper industry to give a new story to these 'waste' materials.


  • MA Degree


    School of Design


    MA Innovation Design Engineering, 2019

  • These days I focus on material driven design. I try to avoid 'silver bullets' that presume to solve problems. Instead opting for a discrete approach, with outputs that are modest in form and suggestive of alternative futures. In a word, I like to 'tinker'.

  • Degrees

  • BA Russian Literature, Stanford University, Stanford, USA, 2015; BSc Science Technology and Society, Stanford University, Stanford, USA, 2015
  • Exhibitions

  • Provoke Unlearn Change, Venice Biennale, Venice, 2019; The Model Room, Anagra, Tokyo, 2019
  • Publications

  • Nashah Hitti, From Wasteland to Living Room, Dezeen, 2019; Lynne Myers, The Red Mud Project Creates Ceramic Tableware from Industrial Waste, Designboom, 2019; Liz Stinson, Red Pottery is Made Fom Toxic Waste, Curbed, 2019; Natalya Kudryatseva, From Dirt to Riches ('Из грязи в князи'), Architectural Digest Russia, 2019