The Brera district debuted a series of events at Milan Design Week this year, including several standout green-minded designs. These events, such as Orto Botanico and OrtoFabbrica, were held on old refurbished patios. These installations set the scene for a dream-like environment. Read on for our roundup of 10 standout designs from Brera Design District 2015.
The international foundation Be Open collaborated with Interni to launch the The Garden of Wonders, a journey through Scents. This exhibition, showcased at Orto Botanico of Brera, explores the theme of scents and the role of perfumes in the creative industry. The exhibition is part of the large event Energy for Creativity, organized by Interni for the Fuori Salone and Expo 2015.
The botanical garden was filled with flowers and plants that give off different scents, such as the intense fragrance of the Wisteria flowers that climbed the walls of the Accademia di Brera. Little pavilions designed by UNOPIU’ were hidden in the bushes and explained the history and reasoning behind famous perfume bottle design. This soft scented atmosphere was curated by Ferruccio Laviani to evoke dream-like scenery, which is complemented by gigantic reproductions of jungle animals.
Elephant in garden
A special pavilion was dedicated to the history of perfumes curated by Elena Vosnaki and Gérald Ghislain. The exhibit poetically explains techniques and raw materials used over time to create fragrances.
OrtoFabbrica is a concept lab by Studio GrassiDesign that pools together designers, craftsmen and companies with the aim of making sustainable future their area of research. Organized around four main themes – vegetable garden, garden, bistrot and ideas factory- these areas are inspired by the four elements air, water, earth, fire. In these designs, Nature becomes the real protagonist and is the essential element that inspires the furniture design.
In the VEGETABLE-TABLE by Studio Grassi Design, the iron structure is raw and naked to allow the climbing plants be the star attraction. The contrast between soft nature and hard industrial metal creates an unusual setting for diners.
The VEGETABLE-POCKET, also designed by Studio Grassi Design, centers around the Kenaf, a particular material made from an old African plant that nowadays is also cultivated in the Italian peninsula. This plant is especially good for this kind of structure because it absorbs more CO2 and it releases more O2 than other plants. In this design, the Kenaf is combined with Jute and other natural fibers to make this product soundproof and biodegradable.
This collection of tables is modernly shaped with raw materials and perfectly merges with the surroundings. They almost seem like part of nature and fit the raw look the designers wanted to convey.
Fire pits by AK47Design was created for a cozy outdoors experience. Zero is a wood-burning outdoor fire pit that allows users to enjoy a warm and soft atmosphere. Simple in shape but with a strong character, the Zero wood-burning outdoor fire pit allows people to naturally gather around the fire. The installation also has space for wood storage.
Ricette di Luce is a project by Maria Grazia Tosi inspired by the sustainable ethic of recycling party cutlery. These colorful dangling lamps shine in the context of the botanical garden, even on a rainy day. By absorbing light, the plastic knives flood its surroundings in a soft colorful light. Maria demonstrates how forks, knives and spoons from weddings or birthday parties can become a fun object to decorate indoors and outdoors with zero impact.
Speciale Wooden Bike
This special bike designed by Speciale is an extraordinary piece where traditional craftsmanship and sustainable materials are blended to produce an avant-garde design. Every bike is unique and skillfully handmade in Italy from timber. All the bike frames are treated with eco-friendly finishes.
This suggestive lamp named “Le Cinque” was created by ‘EETICO‘ and is made out of hand-molded metal meshes recycled from old roosts. Eetico created the project with the aim of promoting artisanal production in Italy.