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Milan, Milan 2014, Milan Design Week, Ventura Lambrate, Cheese, Cheesemaker

Studio Makkink & Bey designed a cheese maker for Imperfect Design, which consists of 9 different elements crafted of wood, ceramics, copper, and iron, respectively. The designers worked with different craftsmen in India to create the piece, which is now being used in a program that helps to help empower and educate women and children in the Jaipur region.

Milan, Milan 2014, Milan Design Week, Ventura Lambrate, Rattan

A group of Australian designers known as Field Experiments worked with hand-woven Indonesian rattan to create unique coverings for recycled plastic bottles.

Milan, Milan 2014, Milan Design Week, Ventura Lambrate, Paper Lamp

Dutch designer Pepe Heykoop added a new product to his range of paper accessories: a lamp that can be flat-packed for transport and storage. He now provides work for 62 people who live in a Mumbai slum.

Milan, Milan 2014, Milan Design Week, Ventura Lambrate, Chia Shan Lee

London-based textile artist and designer Chia Shan Lee makes crocheted coasters and placemats from yarn made of recycled newspapers. In her eyes, newspaper yarn can be used as a “storytelling material”, especially since the stories held in the papers is literally re-knit into new tales.

Milan, Milan 2014, Milan Design Week, Ventura Lambrate, Living Hemp

Using just hemp and no chemical additives, these rocking chairs are made by compressing the material in a mold. The chairs’ designs are by Henry and Co, and the pressing technology is by Canapalithos.

Milan, Milan 2014, Milan Design Week, Ventura Lambrate, Noelle Mulder

The surface of this table is made of many tiny wooden sticks: When an object is placed on the table, it leaves a dent. By Noelle Mulder.

Milan, Milan 2014, Milan Design Week, Ventura Lambrate, Beza

“Patches”, by Polish design studio Bezaprojekt, makes broken furniture (or any other object) whole again.

Milan, Milan 2014, Milan Design Week, Ventura Lambrate, Sawdust Chair

Danish designer Johanna Riedl used the sawdust from the chair frame’s production to form the seat and backrest of what is now known as “The Sawdust Chair”.

Milan, Milan 2014, Milan Design Week, Ventura Lambrate, Olive Wood

When the old olive tree in Anna Lize De Lorenzo’s garden was felled, this Australian designer claimed the log and created 100 unique products using its wood.

Milan, Milan 2014, Milan Design Week, Ventura Lambrate, Stik, Stik Chair

“Stik” is a chair that’s made of a bundle of natural sticks that are tied together and cut with precision. Designed and created by Johan Jeppesen and Jesper Su Rosenmeier .

Milan, Milan 2014, Milan Design Week, Ventura Lambrate, Felt Lamp

This felt lamp is made by Danish design duo Iskos Berlin, without the use of any glue or resin.

Milan, Milan 2014, Milan Design Week, Ventura Lambrate, Wallflower, Macrame

The Australian collective Supercyclers is making plans to recycle hundreds of thousands of used straws. In this macramé room divider, straws serve as tiny vases for flowers and plants.

Milan, Milan 2014, Milan Design Week, Ventura Lambrate, Wood

The folks at Studio by Color are fascinated with natural aging processes, and are using wood of different ages for their decorative and jewelry pieces.

Milan, Milan 2014, Milan Design Week, Ventura Lambrate, DeVorm, Chair

De Vorm uses a unique compressing technique to transform masses of PET bottles into seatings for chairs. They are currently working with designers Laurens van Wieringen and Benjamin Hubert.

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