Buenos Aires' Feria Puro Diseño recently celebrated 15 years at the massive La Rural, and we were there on the hunt for the most curious and sustainable innovations. Featuring more than 350 designers from all corners of Argentina, the bustling annual showcase featured housewares, furniture, accessories and clothing, drawing nearly 40,000 visitors over the 5 day event. Read on for an exclusive look at some fantastic creations including Rusty Deimos' adorable robots made from assorted found objects.
Postigo Design also unveiled an innovative nest-like lamp made from fast growing Kiri wood and embedded LED rows. The system requires no cables at all — instead it works through stainless steel wires.
These Dolce di Luce lamps are crafted from cardboard cylinder boxes, a popular packaging used for Argentina’s most famed caramel Dulce de Leche. The lamps are sold with a DIY kit so consumers can customize designs to their individual taste.
Jujuy’s La Justa is known for producing beautiful, sculptural hand-felted hats, but this year they joined Sillones Sushi to make this comfy low seat from an old tire furnished with natural felt and stamped with Eucalyptus seeds and leaves.
Another designer using natural pigments is Diseños Naturales by Poupèe from Mendoza, who transfers natural dyes from local plants and found objects (like rusty chicken wires) onto unique artisan clothing.
We adore this off-white clothing line from Chain-Garcia Bello, including this flawless demolition-inspired coat, crafted from untreated canvas and floor-cleaning cloths.
We spotted Nakina’s sleek and simple wooden desk and matching stool, featuring a seat made from old, repurposed filmstrips.
In this social collaboration between the non-profit Matriarca and the Gran Chaco communities, all sorts of objects and clothes are fashioned from local plants like chaguar, caramillo, palm leaves, pilaga and carob trees, preserving both the environment and ancient crafts.
Gino Corrugatti´s sculptural lights are made from standard corrugated plastic pipes.
Crivos’ tiny, modular plant pots made from off-cut wood cubes are perfect for succulents.
This year the fair introduced a new initiative, an organic pop-up market organized by Sabe la Tierra, featuring all sorts of healthy food, drinks and cosmetics by local Argentinian producers.
Although there is always room for improvement–we´d like to see more process-based experimental design and low-impact technologies–it’s a great achievement for the fair to run continuously for 15 years, especially in a country with such an unpredictable and problematic economy. Congratulations.
Photos © Ana Lisa Alperovich for Inhabitat