Gallery: Zona Tortona Flourishes with Green Designs at the Milan Furnit...

Designers Valeria Cifarelli, Matteo Prudenziati, Davide Rampanelli, and Alessia Zema make up the experimental, participation-based design collective, Controprogetto. Always using discarded, scrap materials, Controprogetto puts into practice the “retraining of unusable materials and resources” to create a number of different products and projects, including furniture, interiors, temporary settings, and structures for public spaces. With the objective to share knowledge and educate people the potential capabilities of scrap materials, these passionate, young designers are playing a key role in changing the way we look at our fading resources.

The MIKA, by Berlin-based furniture designer Stephanie Jasny, takes its inspiration from a conventional painters trestle and adapts the concept brilliantly to comprise the base of a glass table. Using eight wooden laths connected by extra-strength magnets resulting in ideal weight distribution, the MIKA allows space at the ends to comfortably seat four people for a spacious yet intimate dining experience. With its flat-pack packaging and regionally harvested timber, this table is sustainably delicious.

Designed by Portuguese architect, Jose Melo Ferreira, the Spleen collection of furniture has an understated, timeless aesthetic. Its sculptural beauty overshadows its perplexing structure and ingenious engineering. Made almost entirely from locally manufactured plywood, Spleen uses less than a millimeter of wood veneer, allowing the production of hundreds of furniture pieces from just one fallen tree, without compromising the intended design.


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