Nespresso’s parent company, Nestlé, has certainly come under fire for things like bottling water in California during historic droughts and sourcing water near Flint, Michigan in the past. While the company attempts to offset the environmental impact of its coffee business via a recycling program, Nespresso will also highlight sustainability through art.
Nespresso is bringing together four artists from New York, Los Angeles, Miami and San Francisco to create sustainable works of art for its flagship cafes. The company has chosen an incredible group of local artists to showcase their work and inspire action. Pieces will be put on display in Nespresso cafe windows and will only use natural and/or sustainable materials.
From New York, sculpture artist and expert in reimagining discarded materials Kim Markel is creating a fully biodegradable and carbon-negative display. Markel’s award-winning “glow” collection uses reclaimed plastics to create functional objects like chairs and home decor with stunning sea glass-like translucent colors.
Tanya Aguiñiga of Los Angeles is incorporating Nespresso’s coffee grounds into the boutique display, which will be the first work she and her studio partners have brought to life since the COVID-19 pandemic began. Raised in Tijuana, Mexico, Aguiñiga uses her artwork to inspire dialogues about identity, culture and gender, while also creating community. The artist’s style has helped museums and nonprofits throughout Mexico and the U.S. diversity their audiences.
Miami-based Morel Doucet will be fusing his identity as a Haitian immigrant with his passions for environmental justice with a piece titled, “Paradise.” Doucet’s work focuses on ceramics, illustrations and prints to examine things like climate-gentrification, migration and displacement within Black diaspora communities.
From San Francisco, Joseph Alessio‘s installation features Nespresso capsules and a variety of other recyclable items. The idea is to demonstrate the ability to create beautiful things while doing good work for the world at the same time. A typographic illustrator and animator, Alessio is also an accomplished art director and writer.
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