Throughout his education, Neil Conley has been obsessed with the natural environment and this is reflected in his work both a designer and illustrator. Earn/Urn is the by-product of the Xendless project — Neil’s final year project on the 3D Design course at Northumbria University.

The aim of the project was to develop a sustainable carbon-fiber composite, as well as a manufacturing process that made it suitable for the design of fine products. The almost indestructible nature of this material has led to huge amounts of waste around the world. But recent advances in carbon-fiber recycling now make it possible to unlock the fibers from these objects, leaving fibers “as pure as the virgin material,” prime for re-use. It is these fibers that Conley used, alongside a plant based resin, in the production of his urns.

Neil will be exhibiting at the UK Design Event Mart October 22-24, at BALTIC Centre, Gateshead.