Berlin watch brand Lilienthal Berlin has designed a watch with a case made from recycled coffee grounds, which the brand says makes it smell like coffee when worn.
More than 20 million tonnes of waste coffee grounds are collected each year in Germany alone, according to Lilienthal Berlin, leading the brand to launch Coffee Watch in an effort to reduce such waste.
To create the watch case, Kaffeeform uses waste coffee grounds that are collected by bike couriers from cafes across Berlin, then dried in community workshops and prepared for processing.
The floors then undergo a recycling process that transforms them into a material that is “traceable, environmentally friendly and tells a story”, said Lilienthal Berlin.
“With the Coffee Watch, we want to show how exciting a sustainable lifestyle can be. That it’s worth challenging the status quo,” the brand said.
“That it is possible to make a watch out of something as seemingly useless as coffee grounds – that beautiful accessories can be matched with superior quality and durability.”
Additionally, the color and texture of the watch has been designed to resemble the look and feel of coffee. Its bracelet is available in a range of colors, named Americano, Expresso, Latte and Macchiato, which range from dark brown to light brown.
Coffee Watch also features a minimalist Bauhaus-style dial that has a “subtle sunburst effect” and was designed to be sturdy and fully recyclable, the brand said.
The design goal was not just to create a “beautiful watch”, but to draw attention to upcycling.
“We also do more than just show off a nice watch here,” said Lilienthal Berlin.
“When it comes to lifestyle products, sustainability still doesn’t play a big role, unlike food, fashion, or many other products we see every day. In our industry, however, things move a little slower. And that’s exactly what we want to change.”
Coffee Watch is among the shortlisted projects for the Dezeen Awards 2022 in the wearable design category, where it will compete against projects such as Tenuto 2, a wearable vibrator designed to combat erectile dysfunction, and the Elvie Stride breast pump.