Another edition of Buenos Aires' Feria Puro Diseño just came to an end and we have selected what we think are the exhibition's 20 most inspiring designs. Held at the massive La Rural exhibition space, the fair featured approximately 400 Latin-American exhibitors showcasing their latest creations, from lightweight bags made from parachutes to wearable designs that raise awareness of endangered local fauna. Read on for a look at the best and brightest the fair had to offer!
Matias Vinograd upcycles old tires into colorful Sillones Sushi, adapting his low, comfy seats to any customer’s needs.
Estudio Brana‘s wonderful tables feature hand-woven tops made from dried plants (Palm leaves and Isipó) on rusty metal bases.
Brilliant brand Modesta melts colorful plastic bags into a textile, which is then used to make envelopes and bags as well as hats.
A classic sustainable design brand from Buenos Aires, Neumática, was also present, showcasing nearly indestructible bags made from recycled inner tubes.
Another young trio carrying the sustainable design flag was Planar, which is well known for biodegradable felt homewares and accessories. This year, they presented a new recycled puzzle-like trivet line called EVA .
Estudio Bondi melted tiny plastic toys into colorful trays.
Created by the same studio, this weird and wonderful Florenkenstain vase was created from old, unwanted, and rejected 3D printing blueprints which were sent to Estudio Bondi by designers and architects.
Pomada’s stools are made from cardboard tubes reclaimed from the graphic design industry and covered with upcycled fabric. The legs and lid are made from recycled wood, so the stools can double as storage pieces.
A design studio from Mendoza, Trova makes unique leather-free shoes from knitted textiles and a non-woven recycled material designed for insulation.
Coming from the other side of The Andes Mountains, Chilean Puro Cobre combines hand-woven horse hair with copper for delicate jewelry with anti-rheumatic properties.
H2POT is designed for people who forget to water their plants. Made from discarded glass bottles, it features a cotton thread that sucks water into the soil to keep it damp.
Within the fair’s 40,000 square feet, there was a whole area dedicated to kids’ stuff, including this fantastic plastic robot by Corriente Alternativa.
Last but not least is a design by Cozlip that adapts to a child’s growing body: made from shredded recycled carton, this fantastic cot can easily become a sofa.
All photos by Ana Lisa Alperovich for Inhabitat