Ventura Lambrate strives to be known for responding to modern trends and for questioning pressing cultural, social, and technological issues. As such, the Ventura projects are represented by an unmistakable balanced medley of exhibitors from a wide range of international backgrounds. For the 2015 Milan Design Week, you can experience their latest developments in design, whether it’s an exploration of new technology and biological processes, prestigious installations, or joint initiatives. We've selected 12 of the most fascinating pieces from this year's exhibit, so read on to check them out!
ENESSERE Hercules Wind Generator is a vertical axis wind turbine that converts kinetic wind power into clean electricity. Titanium, wood, carbon fiber, and marine-grade stainless steel were used to create a design via the combined efforts of wind engineers and expert craftsmen. It has a power output of 5kW, an optimum height of at least 7 meters, and is suitable for the electricity consumption of an average family household.
Jesper Jensen Recycled Glassware
Jesper Jensen makes beautiful sustainable drinking glasses without burdening the environment. Each glass is hand-made in their studio in Berlin. Every morning the team bikes around to collect empty bottles, which are then washed, cleaned, cut, shaped and fire polished into drinking glasses, jugs, and vases in all shapes and sizes.
Gravity Stool, by Jòlan Van Der Wiel
Jòlan Van Der Wiel uses magnetism to create his designs. In fact, he made a special magnet machine that’s similar to a tensile machine, and it facilitates a vital first step in chain production. From a generated magnetic field, the designed item rises from a bowl of liquid plastic mixed with iron filings. The stool’s form is characterized by pointed and organic shapes that reflect natural forms.
Silk Leaf, by Julian Melchiorri
In the Silk Leaf project by Julian Melchiorri, a synthetic biological leaf is created; one which can absorb water and carbon dioxide and produce oxygen like a plant. The material is suitable for use on extremely large-scale projects, and has the potential to serve at various levels of design from architecture to long-term space rides.
Spijkerbrij, by Leonie & Lois
Armed with their passion for rupurposing waste and fascination for craft, Leonie Vlaar and Lois Stolwijk set out to rejuvenate old, worn jeans into “Spijkerbrij”. The fibers are ground and mixed with glue, and thereafter the so-called “Spijkerbrij” mixture is pressed into a mold to shape it into various forms. So far, the duo are focusing on accessories (such as bowties) and interior products (lamps and seats), but the potential extends to furniture and even flooring.
The Terra Project, by Morgan Ruben
The direct result of merging biology and designs is The Terra Project; a series of terrariums that contain miniature plants. From orchids to the tiniest carnivorous plants, these natural elements are preserved within several design objects. These pieces are made with materials such as borosilicate glass that’s hand-blown by the artisans of the glass workshop of the Utrecht University, brass with integrated LED or OLED lighting, and wood such as chestnut for the base. Most of the plants originate from tropical rainforests, with others hailing from tropical wetlands and moist savannahs; places that are rapidly disappearing or changing because of human influence.
Rope Hope Lamps
Rope Hope aims to spread the story of reclaimed rope weavers around poor shipping areas in the Philippines. Old ship ropes are reused to create a continuous livelihood for local recycling communities. Those materials are commonly sold to fishermen and farmers, and the ropes are meshed into fishnets or used for assorted household farming equipment. Old fans are purchased in junkshops and are combined with traditional weavings by local craftsmen. The rattan materials provide a natural touch to the products and connect them with a rich culture of wicker industries. The Rope Hope lamp is formed the shape of a traditional Philippine Sarok hat.
Cocoon II is a contemporary investigation and large-scale model of how to develop and construct a bamboo building with arbitrary double-curved forms. The main shape of the construction is digitally formed and consists of two twisted columns constructed by woven split bamboo. The project is a follow up of a real building, Cocoon I, which was designed by students at the Aarhus School of Architecture and constructed in collaboration with students at CARE School of Architecture under Professor Vijaykumar Sengottuvelan with local craftsmen in South India during the Inter 2014/15.
With its organic, vegetal appearance, Thermophores continuously changes colour on its surface through temperature fluctuations in the atmosphere. When heated a few degrees more, a beautiful motion begins, which changes the organism’s colour. After cooling down, it slowly returns to its original colour. Thermophores will be available in various ranges of custom design, colour and sizes.
We Make Carpets
We Make Carpets, a collaboration between designers Marcia Nolte and Stijn Van Der Vleuten and visual artist Bob Waardenburg, was invited by Organisation in Design to present its work at Ventura Lambrate. We Make Carpets creates temporary 2D installations from everyday materials and objects.
Stool, by WITAMINA D
WITAMINA D is a brand that came up with the need to create durable, simple, and beautiful things. They are two designers that cooperate with local producers and craftsmen who primarily use solid oak wood. They try to exhibit its unique features: beautiful wood graining, warm colors, noble character. The wood comes from the Polish State Forests and is FSC certified (Forest Stewardship Council). This ensures that the raw material was obtained in a sustainable manner, according to the rules of the appropriate management of forests. WITAMINA D is represented by Crowdy House.
The Cylinum Cones project presents a production line that uses living organisms to grow geometrical objects. The approach is part of a research project from two German designers, Stefan Schwabe and Jannis Hulsen, who use bacterial cellulose to explore our perception of new biotechnological materials. Bacterial cellulose is characterized by high purity, strength, mold-ability, and increased water-holding ability. With this material the designers grow a substance that can ultimately be used to create sculptures and products.