During this year's international Design Week in Milan, many recycled materials were used by designers from different countries to create original pieces for everyday life. Working as a photographer for the biggest publishing company in Italy, Mondadori, I photographed the work of three designers whose work I particularly like, and I've put together a selection of my favorites for you to enjoy. These pieces are as stunning as they are functional, and can add a touch of earth-conscious beauty to anyone's home.
I’ll begin with the installation Animal House, sponsored by Marni and exhibited at Viale Umbria 42. This big and luminous open space displayed different animal sculptures of metal and bright colored PVC, made by a group of Colombian woman. Each handmade piece is unique and sculpted in different colors, sizes, and shapes to create animal forms such as rabbits, ducks, flamingos, donkeys, ostriches, and giraffes. Creating a real living space for the event, sunbeds, chairs, coffee tables and rocking chairs made of the same materials were also part of the exhibition. Marni—which will celebrate its 20th anniversary this year—has dedicated its entire last publication to this limited-edition charity project, which was such a great success in Milan.
The next designer is Alvaro Catalan de Ocon, who was born in Madrid, studied in Milan, and graduated from Central Saint Martin in London. His work has been exhibited at many well-known galleries such as OA and SimSum in Madrid, David Gill in London, and the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao. At Design Week, you could see one of his latest works at the renamed Spazio Rossana Orlandi. He has designed a range of wicker-style lampshades for his PET Lamps project, made by Chilean handcrafters from recycled plastic. The lamps were named after the handcrafters’ city, Chimbarongo, and were displayed at the gallery’s entrance to create a warm, inviting atmosphere.
Still on exhibition at the Spazio Rossana Orlandi, Giardini di Carta by Stefania Vasques has created a number of questions from the visitors. How could these cardboard outdoor pieces withstand wet weather without disintegrating? In fact, the recycled cardboard, which has the hardness of wood and a waterproof finish like PVC, is treated for outdoor use, and also gives each piece a beautiful, smooth surface.