Thomas Egoumenides is a French designer and architect based in Tunis. His work focuses on the intersection of sculpture and social design, with a thoughtful approach to valuing and poeticizing waste and unwanted materials. Through collaboration with local actors and resources, he transforms and re-values discarded objects, bringing attention to their inherent qualities and worth. Rather than waiting for the recycling stage, Thomas intervenes early in the process, making minimal modifications to materials while respecting their history and current context. His creative vision involves reimagining the urban environment as a vast repository of materials and narratives, akin to a ‘matériotheque’. By skilfully weaving and reshaping these diverse material layers, he redefines our man-made world. In 2016, Thomas co-founded the design studio Flaÿou, providing him with opportunities to participate in prestigious Design Weeks in Paris and Amman, alongside fellow artists and creators. Moreover, during a residency for the Dream City Art Festival in 2021, he initiated the project Rascal, an ephemeral design and upcycling research laboratory. His remarkable work caught the attention of the Sharjah Architecture Triennial in 2023, where he was selected to participate.