According to Rossana Muolo, manager of the five-star Italian resort Torre Coccaro, part of the pleasure of a luxury holiday must come from knowing that your vacation is not creating any unnecessary waste or damage to the surrounding environment. For the hotel's show at this year's Milan Furniture Fair, Muolo asked a batch of designers to transform everyday castoffs into new objects and furnishings that could be placed within the different areas of the hotel. Items ranging from newspapers, magazines, wood from broken chairs, and even old, damaged crockery were given a new life as beautiful designer objects that could enlighten guests on the potential of recycling. Click ahead to see all the highlights from the show, which filled the beautiful library halls of Santa Maria Incoronata Church in Milan.
Dutch artist Johan Peter Hol chose to re-use old, broken crockery, mounted onto a cardboard structure, to create an ornamental decoration.
Savino Corvasce created an entire furniture collection by using recycled cardboard. He also collaborated with Spanish fashion designer Agatha Ruiz de la Prada to create a second series. Above is the basic Vimini model.
By recycling empty pens, Paolo Ulian – a young designer with a penchant for recycling – created the Anemone lamps. The lamps form a natural, organic shape, providing a nice contrast to the industrial product it uses as its medium.
Brazilian designers Fernando and Humberto Campana have created the Favela armchair out of a load of wood scraps thrown together casually and fixed with a few nails. Produced by Edra, it takes its name from the Brazilian shack building technique.
Next to it are two stools created by Marco Ferreri. The stools are made simply with daily newspapers rolled up and bound together by elastic bands.
Even the hotel’s bathrooms need a sustainable touch. Bathtub Ofurò has been designed by Matteo Thun and Antonio Rodriguez, and produced by Rapsel. The tub is built from natural, untreated larch wood. Next to it are cork stools by Anna Deplano, and beneath it a bathmat is made out of old tractor inner tubes.
‘Exploring’ is a piece of artwork create by Alfredo Gioventù. The artist assembles stones and wood scraps he finds along the seashore.
This old piece of wood has been modeled and worn down by life in the sea. The piece can be mounted to the wall like a beautiful piece of art.
These incredibly sturdy, trunk-like stools have been made by binding different color magazines together.
Even the beautiful rooster sculpture sitting at the entrance of the exhibit has been cleverly crafted using everyday scraps found on the hotel premises.