Tuttobene returns to Milan this year, presenting the work of eleven Dutch Designers under the general umbrella of "sustainable design."
The displayed work ranges from concrete vases, a porcelain cupboard, and horsehair curtains, to a robot made of scrap metal. The common factor is the sustainable character of the designs, which are produced in a way that is ecologically and socially responsible. While sustainability is a hot item in the design business, good examples are often lacking. In its group presentation, Tuttobene shows collections of work from the front lines of sustainable design.
Marjan van Aubel's Foam China is a highlight of the show. The designer developed a way to create an open-cell porcelain, looking and behaving much like foam but handling like regular china—for example, it's glazeable. The resulting objects are lightweight and appear gooey, with an Atelier van Lieshout/Great Stuff vibe (we mean that in a good way).
It is suggested that these pieces be stored in a China closet made of the same foam, taking this process beyond tabletop vessels and into furniture. We wonder how much stronger and lighter the open-cell material actually is, and what else it might be used for?
Tuttobene will also release a special magazine during the Milan design festivities: Connecting the Dots is (more or less) a guide to all the Dutch designers and firms presenting in Milan this year, with interviews, studio visits, and exhibition maps. The publication will be handed out at strategic locations throughout the city, so if you see one, pick it up!
Click through the jump to see lots more from the rest of the Tuttobene exhibitors.
KLFK's Hosting Parasites: Jewelry that question our views on esthetics
KLFK's Defensive Mechanisms for Urban Being: a set of two bags and one skirt that can help its wearer to cope with her phobias
KLFK's For the Birds: Edible lamps for outdoor events that will last a summer before the birds have eaten them
Sjoerd Jonker's Neolastic: His series of vases and tableware made from plastic appear to be no less than ceramic. The ancient appearance of his work adds to the appeal of the designs.
Emma Product Design's Puzzled Table: The puzzled table is the ideal solution for every household or office. On the one hand it is a stylish wooden table, on the other it is a storage solution and game in one. The table consists of different parts of wood that can be shuffled around like a puzzle. Underneath the wooden puzzle parts there is enough storage for candles, tableware, magazines, napkins and more.
Bo Reudler's Haute Bamboo: Olav Bruin. Reudler selected together with Olav Bruin a rare mutated Bamboo, called "Bambusa Ventricosa", to create a curvy and sensuous black successor of the slow white-series. The glossy black linseed-oil paint is a direct referral to the Asian lacquered furniture and underlines the origin of the material.
EventArchitecture's Spaces: With Spaces EventArchitecture succeeded to design the ultimate solution for any type of storage. The individual building blocks of wood can be used "Lego"-style to create walls, bookshelves, kitchenfurniture, tables and more. Spaces can be used to drastically change or reform the function of any room or space.
Lisa is dedicated to promoting the American contemporary design scene. She keeps herself busy as the co-founder of the Object Design League, an association of independent designers in Chicago, and design practice Smith&Linder, both co-founded with Caroline Linder. She also teaches foundation research studios at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.