Stef Lemmens calls himself a Homo Habilis of the 21st century. Between 2,2 and 1,5 million years ago these men like beings were the the first to successfully transform their surroundings towards their own needs. They were able to look at the natural world while recognizing new possibilities and functions within it. Stef believes that we need to pick up this skill again in todays society in order to efficiently deal with the overproduction of objects that is currently overwhelming us. Waste objects are surrounding us everyday, they have become our 'natural' environment. If we can look at lost and forgotten objects in the same way the Homo Habilis looked at nature we are able to re-create these objects and give them a more unique value then objects of mass production.
"We often call todays society materialistic. According to the dictionary being materialistic means "giving great value to money or possessions". But what exceeds the materialistic? What if we don't give great value to possessions, but instead love them. What if we could be so attached to an object that we would strive towards keeping it alive. Each object has its destiny, its mortality. I don't want to turn my back towards the end of an object, but instead embrace it. It's decay is often given negative connotations such as poverty our sloppiness. But in my eyes this gives certain characteristics to an object. It shows that is has lived a formal live, which creates an underlying narrative which is more interesting then any new made object in our stores."