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Studio Periscope are the winners in the professional category of the Victorian Design Challenge: The Waste Challenge. The Live Pitch at the NGV included many great ideas and we’re honoured to accept the award.


Our concept “Rollie” is a hot composting system for primary schools that combines education with play, to keep food waste out of landfill and transform it into a valuable resource.

Rollie is a giant hamster wheel that enables children to aerate compost in a new way, a task that is traditionally difficult and strenuous. It also encourages students and teachers to monitor and balance ingredients to achieve the ideal hot composting conditions.

Rollie uses aerobic (aerated) ‘hot’ composting, a method that is faster than anaerobic (not aerated) composting. It is also capable of breaking down more types of food waste and reduces methane gas production.

By making it easier and more enjoyable for children to get involved, Rollie helps to teach the techniques and value of composting while having a direct impact in the War on Waste.    


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We love working with Austral Plywoods. Not only is their material beautiful, it also uses Hoop Pine - a sustainable resource that is 100% plantation grown. However, working with plywood poses a challenge when it comes to managing thickness variations for production. The material variations are due to the natural irregularities in timber and moisture absorption in different climates. 

We believe it is the industrial designers, not the manufacturers, that are responsible for understanding and catering for possible variations during cnc routing or laser cutting.

With FromWoopWoop's T-stool we're adapting the connections to achieve a tight accurate fit in one direction allowing the material thickness to vary naturally in the other direction. Allowances for both thin and thick sheets are essential to ensure consistent and dependable production runs. Designing with these considerations requires a process of thorough testing and intelligent design thinking.

Studio Periscope’s ply challenge is on. Let us know about your next plywood project, we'd love to collaborate!


Joost serves up new eco-cafe

When it comes to coffee and lunch, Studio Periscope is spoilt for choice with so many iconic Melbourne foodie laneways just minutes away. This week the choice became a lot greener.

Artist-eco-advocate Joost Bakker has opened Silo ‘zero-waste’ café in Hardware Street. Sitting at the recycled timber/plastic composite bench, it is clear that every process and square millimeter has been meticulously designed: containers of produce are stored below your stool; refrigeration units are custom-made to fit holding crates; the minimal food scraps are composted and then returned to growers for use; and all food storage containers and crates are returned to the producers to be re-filled.
“I’ve designed the café in reverse" explains Bakker. I’ve started at the end; assessing the waste production, and worked back from there. My dream has always been to build restaurants that create no waste and we are excited that Silo is achieving this,” 

But Silo is no cold utilitarian shrine to process; in typical Joost style the atmosphere is warm and just a little bit quirky. Breads and pastries made from freshly-milled grains come on terracotta glazed plates. The coffee comes in matching terracotta cups that impersonate the shape of a classic latte glass, with the white glaze playfully overflowing like over-filled froth.

Silo is an impressive commitment to process and demonstrates that embedding sustainability can produce something beautiful (and delicious).


Send a bottle of wine through the post

Studio Periscope is excited to launch post-safe gift packaging for wine!
Designed and produced by Studio Periscope, The Traveller is effortlessly stylish while protecting your bottle. We were even awarded a City of Melbourne Small Business Grant to assist in The Traveller’s journey.

Our aim to combine innovative form and function resulted in a product that is both design registered and innovation patented. The hexagon form is structurally strong, easy to handle and creates visually striking displays. Constructed from a single piece of fluted cardboard, The Traveller fulfils a complex set of functional requirements simply through folding and tabbing.

The initial range of patterns includes iconic Melbourne scenes From Fed Square to The Forum and Southern Cross Station; non-cringe-worthy Australiana Gumnuts FromWoopWoop and the ever-elegant Candy Stripes. Many thanks and credit to Mika Klabi for his gorgeous photography of the Melbourne scenes.

These patterns and prints are just the first sip! The Traveller is a customisable packaging solution. This means we can add your own logo or print a pattern to make The Traveller your own.

Additionally, we wanted to make The Traveller a total gift solution that combines gift-wrapping and card into one. A gift card panel sits above the display window to write your personal message whether that is happy birthday, missing you, congratulations or simply - cheers!

The Traveller is compact, flat-packed for bulk delivery and produced from recycled board, using a minimum 95% post-consumer waste.