Now in its second year, designjunction EDIT is a must-see during the Milan Design Week. The show is held in the Palazzo Morando at the heart of the city, and features work from designers and companies from around the globe. It also features a special Green Room directed by UK Trade & Investment, which sets out to investigate eco-sustainable design. Many eco-efficient LED lamps, natural & recycled materials, and solid, long-lasting products are to be found throughout the exhibition. Read on for some of our favorite green designs from this year's show!
The white version of Dent 200, presented at EDIT 2014, uses LED lighting and is programmable. To ease and lower the impact on transport, the ninety panels of the chandelier are packed flat when shipped.
Design by Nico, set up in 2011 by Nicolette de Waart, is a bespoke furniture and furnishings brand. This year, they’re exhibiting the Leaf Seat set of stools, which are all handmade by British craftsmen in the UK, using sustainable materials such as wool and solid oak.
Founded in 1920 by Lucian Ercolani, Ercol makes classic and contemporary furniture in solid wood in a very sustainable factory in Princes Risborough. They have received awards for energy management, as well as for the quality of energy, sound, and light in their manufacturing facility.
Baroncelli presents numerous lighting designs by the company’s creative director, Giovanni Corrado. In this Saturno LED pendant, the metalwork is done in rich copper, while the glass is drawn in the traditional Venetian method. The piece is lit by a tape of low-consumption LEDs concealed within.
James Plumb’s exhibit is “The Suitcase Stacks”: a selection of old suitcases housed individually in antiqued steel and wooden cases, each tailor-made in Somerset. The individuality and character of the old suitcases ensures that each piece is a one-off. James Plumb was founded by Hannah Plumb and James Russell, two artists who work with the overlooked and discarded, using time-worn antiques and cast-offs to produce hand-made unique luminaries and interior pieces. This design duo has chosen up-cycling as the underlying principle of their quintessentially quirky work.
Paolo Uilian and Caterina DiMichele present Arianna by Zava: Made from an industrial sprocket for welding machines, Arianna is a spool-like lamp with an electric cable that can be wound or unwound, allowing it reach any corner of a room.
Resident presents Fiber Lights Bottle and Funnel by Jamie McLellan. The pendant lamps are made of ultra-thin carbon fiber strips that peel away from each other to create depth and volume.
The company’s policy on lighting is to use low-emission LED lighting exclusively.
The combination of four round legs and eight holes in each seat creates a stackable stool with an original, geometric approach.
Designed by Kyuhyung Cho, the Poke stools connect with one another to build up a stack, as legs from different stools can pass through holes in the other seats.
The Bramah small pendant lights by Michael Young for Hong Kong-based company EOQ are created from extruded blocks of solid recycled aluminum.
Aluminum was chosen due to its abundance, its low toxicity, and its ability to be recycled infinitely.
Magma planting bags by the Green & Associates’ Ooobject collective are made of fibers created from basalt stone (also known as magma).
Crushed basalt is melted and extruded to create filaments, which can then be woven into textiles. As they originate from volcanic rock, these fibers are fire-proof, and can be used in aerospace textiles.
The Transformed Stacking Vessels by Pia Wustenberg for Utopia and Utility are unique pieces that are handmade using only natural materials. Each vessel consists of three individual containers, all of which are formed with traditional craft processes. The ceramic and wood pieces are bridged by glass, which adheres to the other materials and creates a connective surface when heated.
Strips of paper-thin metal give rise to a dance between light and shadow in this playful exploration of geometry, materials, and manufacturing techniques. UNIT 24 by Scott, Rich & Victoria is made of steel and uses LED lighting that bounces across each polished interior surface, showcasing the beauty and refinement of its engineering.
Simon James’ Pick Up Sticks chair, released for the first time at the 2014 Milano design week, has a solid oak frame and an upholstered component that is produced separately for shorter lead-times. The chair is shipped and stored in a flat package to reduce environmental impact.
Tom’s iconic No. 1 Tripod is designed and hand-made in Cornwall from sustainably sourced wood, and finished with an eco-friendly, non-toxic varnish. Tom Raffield is a designer who crafts and shapes unique furniture and lighting with the belief that in our disposable culture, longevity is the basis for sustainability. He believes that in an ideal world, sustainability would be considered a by-product of good design, and that pieces should be cherished, enjoyed, and loved.
All photographs by Patrick Toomey Neri for Inhabitat