Draff Studio

Originally from Marboz in France, Aymeric Renoud is a Dundee-based designer and fabricator. His career in 3D manufacturing began at Moissonnier where he began his training as a traditional cabinet-maker.  He relocated to Scotland in 2013 to study at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design and after graduating in 2015 with a BA (Hons) Design, he remained within the art college as the Designer in Residence for two years.

With a passion and interest in eco-conception, as well as the distilling and brewing field, Aymeric started to explore the possibilities of reusing the wastage from alcohol production as a material. Whilst it can be used as a supplement in animals rations, Aymeric hoped to be able to give this by-product another function.  His process involves drying the spent grain straight after the mashing process before combining it with a water and alcohol-based, eco-friendly binder; then subjecting the mixture to high pressure and heat. After several years of testing and development, Aymeric has now refined the process of turning the spent grain and other botanicals into a stable material.

Aymeric subsequently opened ‘Draff Studio’, a contemporary design practice based in Dundee that specialises in sustainable furniture. Working alongside Lee Johnstone they focus on the fabrication of simple, contemporary designs with particular attention to detail and material. Examples of this furniture will be shown in the exhibition alongside samples of the stages of manufacturing the draff material.