Using sustainable design as a bridge between craftwork and the industry, this collection of earthy vessels combines low-impact materials and old world techniques to create durable, functional objects. Designed by Andrea Trimarchi and Simone Farresin of Formafantasma, the Autarky Vessels are handmade containers created using only natural materials and plant-based dyes that have been cooked at low temperature. Made from a biomaterial consisting of 70% flour, 20% agricultural waste and 10% limestone, these designs take a critical approach to sustainability, focusing in on an autonomous way of producing goods while rediscovering old techniques.
An exciting project using food, the containers’ gorgeous palette was obtained from natural dyes derived from cinnamon, paprika, beetroot and spinach! As with a pie, another kitchen basic — eggs — were used to add some brilliance to the containers’ surface. Crafty yet durable, the vessels have a natural waterproof coating that plays with the designers’ Italian roots. The project was developed in cooperation with a chemist’s studio and also pulls upon traditional techniques that were used during the Renaissance times.
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