Hatch is an eggshell lighting pendant designed created from eggshells collected from two months of egg consumption. Playfulness and optimism play a major role in the studio’s projects: stories are told and objects are brought to life through forms and materials that bring joy and surprise to the everyday.
Eggs are one of the most versatile kitchen ingredients. The average person consumes 161 eggs per year. (Food & Agriculture Organisation FAO database, 2018). Discarded eggshells are one of the most common form of food waste contributing to over 250,000 tonnes per year in landfills.
Each egg contains around 5 grams of eggshell - made of calcium carbonate crystals, which comes from a bio-mineralization process from the hen's bones to form the shell to physically protect the egg yolk during incubation.
After collection from local homes & bakeries, the eggshell is isolated from its organic membrane for use. Despite their fragility, eggshells are extremely thin & strong with a semi-permeable structure and unique light permeability properties.
Known as ‘nature’s ceramic’, the extremely thin eggshell pieces are delicately arranged by hand & bonded with resin to create the light diffuser. Suspended by three fine cables, the semi-translucent eggshells provide a unique light scattering effect when illuminated.