Gallery: The Best Green Designs From Buenos Aires’ Puro Diseno Fair

Puro Diseno Fair could honestly do with a bit of curation, more good quality design and a better communication regarding what’s really important: sustainable design. It is a shame that as the years goes by the Fair seems to get closer to an indoors artisans market and further away from good design, because there is so much amazing Argentine sustainable design out there.

As soon as you enter the massive labyrinth of stands, you are met with Kuku‘s lovely little stand. You probably remember the plant pots made from old light bulbs from out Spring Greening Contest, but now Kuku has created a smaller version that glows in the dark! Standing next to a little machine the designer made herself for chopping the top off eggs was Kuku’s 6-pack eggshell plants. They are perfect for a sunny desk or a windowsill but unfortunately they were not up for sale, but just to add a little something to the charming decoration. Also designed by Kuku, are some tinted colored glasses made from wine and whisky bottles and a set of water-based, hand-printed handkerchiefs with writer Cortazar’s Instructions for crying. A very poetic idea for an object to keep always at hand, particularly as winter is just starting here in Argentina.

Kuku won this year’s Best Stand Design Prize (sharing the space –and price- with jewelry designer friend Marina Callis). Made from repurposed wood beams as shelves and builders’ floorboards as walls, all materials where lended by an architect friend. Kuku’s space stands out for its simplicity, cute factor and eco-friendly approach to a temporary exhibition space.


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  1. Ana Lisa Ana Lisa Alperovich July 2, 2011 at 7:40 pm

    Yes, that is right!
    ¨The Argentine version to American TOMS shoes, which are in fact a shoe design taken from Argentina’s gauchos, alpargatas, was also standing at Puro Diseno Fair under the name of Paez Shoes. This very basic footwear made from canvas and a jute sole are very comfortable, biodegradable and comes in a wide variety of designs.¨
    Thank you for raising the point and adding value to it!

  2. scbr July 1, 2011 at 7:49 pm

    “The Argentine version to American TOMS shoes, Paez Shoes, sells very basic footwear made from canvas and a jute sole.” Sorry you got it wrong. Those shoes (alpargatas) have existed in Argentina for centuries now. It has been the preferred shoes in rural environment because they are cheap, durable and comfortable. TOMS’ founder is in fact Argentinian and he ‘export’ the model to the US as a fashionable shoe.

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