A little more about More.

Marten van Leeuwen – Founder 

 

I was born in the Netherlands and grew up on the Coromandel in New Zealand. I had an interest in sustainability from a very young age but never knew what to do with it. 

After working at a factory where all of Amsterdam’s waste is burnt for 4 years, I was inspired to do something different and decided to use my engineering skills to add value to materials instead of burning or burying them.

 

Back in New Zealand I saw how much plaster material was being thrown away and focussed on this waste stream. It took a full year of development to be able to recycle plaster (Gypsum) waste into a nice strong material. The pureness and good strength encouraged me to carry on and create something good!

Testing started in the kitchen, but after many crazy scenarios it was time to scale up to the garage. 

All the machinery to process the material was found at low cost and engineered to make a perfectly functioning system – with lots of room for improvement. This improvement is now happening as we are working on a much better scaled up process.

Back in New Zealand I saw how much plaster material was being thrown away and focussed on this waste stream. It took a full year of development to be able to recycle plaster (Gypsum) waste into a nice strong material. The pureness and good strength encouraged me to carry on and create something good!

Testing started in the kitchen, but after many crazy scenarios it was time to scale up to the garage. 

All the machinery to process the material was found at low cost and engineered to make a perfectly functioning system – with lots of room for improvement. This improvement is now happening as we are working on a much better scaled up process.

It took another year to develop the Archy light pendants. Although the form is simple, that doesn’t mean it was easy to make them! Lots of testing, adjusting and a lot of persistence resulted in a now very sleek and smooth light pendant that shows the beauty of this wonderful material.