OFFCUT

About OFFCUT

Since 2013, OFFCUT has been bringing together people who are committed to the creative reuse of materials, while networking like-minded people and sensitizing people to ecological design. In our materials markets, we collect used, leftover, and surplus materials that would otherwise end up in the garbage. We sort, store, and sell them as raw materials for new projects, thereby extending their useful life. OFFCUT is a creative response to the ecological challenges of our time. We appreciate the value of existing materials and inspire people to adopt a sustainable lifestyle.

All our materials markets are independently organized and, at the same time, part of the OFFCUT co-operative.

For more information: write us a message at info@offcut.notexisting@nodomain.comch or visit us at one of our materials markets.

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OFFCUT was launched in 2012 by its founders, Simone Schelker, Tanja Gantner, and Lucas Gross as a pilot project. Since 2013, there is our “Materials Market for Creative Reuse” in Basel. In 2014, following a pilot year, it moved to its current Dreispitz site.
At the beginning of 2018, the second OFFCUT materials market opened in the former SBB repair shop on the Werkstadt Zürich site. Key team members: Maurizio Degiacomi, Mirja Fiorentino, Livia Krummenacher, Silvan Kuhl, and Anna Pfister.
In June 2018, we founded the OFFCUT Co-operative as an umbrella organization. Back: Silvan Kuhl, Mirja Fiorentino*, Simone Schelker*, Dominik Seitz*, Susanne Roser, Maurizio Degiacomi, Livia Krummenacher. Centre: Salome Thommen*, Anna Pfister, Tanja Gantner*, Volker Schnarrenberger. Front: Maren Stotz, Annina Massaux-Roost, Matthias Wehle, Simone Steinegger. (*Board OFFCUT Co-operative)
In summer 2018, we organized a summer party in Zurich to celebrate the opening and expansion of our network.
In early 2020, the third OFFCUT materials market will open on the Meinen-Areal, our premises in Bern. On around 500 square metres, there is enough space for studios, workplaces, and meetings in addition to the materials market. Sibylle Schelling, Mariann Oppliger, Matthias Nydegger, Nicole Fuhrer, Lilo Fritz, Franziska Hochuli, Claudia Meyr (from left to right).
Central Switzerland also has some highlights to look forward to: OFFCUT Lucerne is due to open in 2020. Their team of five is currently looking for premises. Nicole Küttel, Alessandra Degiacomi, Mirjam Küttel, Felicia Schäfer und Bigna Suter (from left to right).

OFFCUT was launched in 2012 by its founders, Simone Schelker, Tanja Gantner, and Lucas Gross as a pilot project. Since 2013, there is our “Materials Market for Creative Reuse” in Basel. In 2014, following a pilot year, it moved to its current Dreispitz site.

Materials with Creative Potential

Our materials are as varied as their origins: companies donate us their production surpluses and defective products. Private individuals give us their unused materials. Theatre, film, and exhibition makers give us reusable materials from their projects. The result is a rich and constantly changing stock of materials – providing inspiration for future creative work!

Visit one of our material markets, let yourself be inspired by the wealth of available materials – and find the unexpected, or long sought-after items for your next project.

Various Inspiring Activities

Our inspiring collection of materials is the starting point for a creative dealing with ecological and sustainable topics. With a wide range of craft and design workshops, private guided tours, and co-operative formats, we encourage you to discover the variety of materials and critically question the current use of resources. Our approach is based on sensual experiences and creative processes.

Our activities are aimed at families, school classes, associations, and organizations – in short: at all those who like to design and get involved in new things.

Donate us your materials and boost the recycling process.

Support and encourage us with a financial donation as a patron.

Get involved as Benevol member in one of our material markets.

The OFFCUT Schweiz project and, with it, the development of the national OFFCUT network is sponsored by: