Apple produces some of the world’s most beautiful laptops, but what happens when those computers reach the end of their lifespan? Bologna-based design studio VicoloPagliaCorta is giving the computer keys from Apple laptops a second life by transforming them into tabletops, stools, clock faces, jewelry, and more. Much like Apple’s famed designs, these one-of-a-kind creations are minimalist, chic, and highly functional.
Inhabitat spotted VicoloPagliaCorta’s beautiful upcycled Apple key furnishings at Designers Block during the 2016 Milan Design Fair, where the tabletops were paired with the design duo’s LEGO tabletops, a more colorful alternative that also used upcycled materials. The design duo’s stylish furnishings were crafted as part of the 380|tiles project that used ten thousand discarded computer keys from Apple laptops. Each key was meticulously removed, trimmed, and cleaned before assembly into a mosaic of 20 rows and 19 columns.
The computer key mosaics sit on a sturdy oak base; the timber material provides a warm visual contrast to the white tiles. The mosaics were arranged in different patterns that follow one of three themes: letters, numbers, and symbols. VicoloPagliaCorta also produces other products from upcycled Apple computer keys and handles all aspects of the design process themselves, from production and packaging to promotion and distribution.
Watermarked images by Maria Novozhilova, others © VicoloPagliaCorta