If you’ve been nurturing a sourdough mother or cross-stitching complex Renaissance paintings this past year, you’ll understand the lockdown craving to create. Sure, some of us never finished that 1000-piece puzzle or started that dog clothing line, but others took their caged pandemic creativity and channelled it into now flourishing side gigs.
One such productive Sydneysider is Mikey Gould. While maintaining his full-time role as a business manager, Gould launched an online store, Offcut, in March 2021.
Offcut sells an assortment of marble and stone slabs, glorious in all their jagged, chipped rawness. Gould sources them from stone masonry businesses that would be discarded, if not for Offcut’s intervention. Prices for the upcycled, one-of-a-kind pieces start at $20, and you can scroll the online shop for specific shapes and colours.
“These otherwise unwanted pieces are used to enhance the beauty of everyday objects. You might use a slab of travertine as a cheeseboard, jagged black marble beneath beeswax candles, or terrazzo in place of a coaster,” he says.
Gould stumbled on the idea while at work, where they use stone and marble to display retail products. When he went looking for similar home decoration he struggled to find suppliers who specialised in these kinds of products, particularly those that were affordable. So, he decided to become what was missing.
He’s also introduced a line of curvy acrylic mirrors in fun shapes, such as clouds, blobs and moons, all $35. “I feel like you can never find cute little tabletop mirrors – they’re always really big or quite expensive. I saw these and just thought they’re really cool as a little add-on.”
While reclaimed items are the core of the business, Gould is also keeping the logistics of the operation as sustainable as possible. Offcut deliveries come via carbon-neutral Sendle, which offsets delivery emissions by supporting projects like forest regeneration, community beekeeping and energy efficient tech.
“It was really important, when I started Offcut, to be sustainable. Other than a plastic film on the mirrors, everything that I source and ship to customers is plastic-free.”
Down the line, Gould says he could see Offcut moving into other marble-focused home decor avenues. So, if smooth surfaces and natural rivets of colour catch your eye, stay tuned.