Hand Tools by Giulia Soldati

“The development of technology appeared in our kitchens filling them with machines that are supposed to work for us and save us time and energy for a high quality final product; but a distance between us and the material has been creating. The physical contact is no longer part of our relation with food, we are losing the connection with the food material and its preparation.
I designed a set of tools that reduces the distance characterizing the current preparation of food, acting as a bridge between food and our hands, being supportive to the hand without overruling it.”

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Edible Packaging by Scoby

SCOBY is a biological, fully edible packaging solution that aims to reinvent the old food conservation techniques.
SCOBY is a product of bacterial fermentation, similar to products in the food industry like Kombucha or Nata de Coco, which are already mass produced and have been eaten for ages.

Imagine if you could use food packaging for health and soil nutrition purposes. With our bacterial fermentation solution, which is nutrient-rich and fully edible, we’ll make that possible and reach what the future of packaging should be: 100% zero-waste.

Growing Is The Future of Production
SCOBY is a fast renewable resource.

It is grown vertically and does not require sunlight or expensive resources.
Water and nutrition from collected waste recirculate, closing the loop of production which makes SCOBY sustainable for our planet.

SCOBY is a fermentation product with health benefits for both the human body and soil.
We know that food is a joyful experience – so look: we’re green and tasty!
Or you can just feed the soil, guilty-free!

Decentralized Production and Waste Management as Key of Circular Economy
Our process is circular, which means all resources are used and help connect the food industry with packaging production.

Aiming for the Future
As an interdisciplinary team, we want to offer a truly innovative solution to face modern world’s problems – the single use of plastic, food waste, poor soil and lack of healthy bacteria in the food we eat.

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Remolten by Great Things to People

“Chile has the second largest and most active chain of volcanoes in the world. Throughout the Chilean mainland, there are at least 2,000 volcanoes. Of these, only 500 are considered geologically active; 60 have a recorded history of eruptions in the last 450 years, with a total of around 300 eruptions for that period. Currently, 43 are being watched by the National Network of Volcano Monitoring (Red Nacional de Vigilancia Volcánica) of the Chilean National Geology and Mining Service. The most active are Villarrica, Llaima, Calbuco, Chaitén, Láscar, Michinmahuida, Nevados de Chillán, Lonquimay, Copahue, and Azul-Quizapú.

Close to volcanoes and on their slopes, you can find traces of eruptions such as large rocks expelled many kilometers from the crater and petrified Lava Rivers. Both phenomena involve the same material: a large black porous and lightweight rock called basaltic andesite (Andesita Basáltica), more widely known as the “volcanic lava of the Los Andes.” This material has great potential given its extensive presence in northern and southern Chile.

What if we transform it to its original state?
What if we make it Re-Molten?

“Remolten” (“Re-molten”) is the second collaboration between the Chilean studio gt2P and the New York-based gallery Friedman Benda. It is mainly a practical research project to develop a physical parametric methodology (Paracrafting) for the production of pieces in “Remolten” volcanic lava.
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Peel Saver

Fries companies produce a lot of potato peels waste. The idea of ​​this project is to use this waste material in order to create a street food packaging. The potato peel is made up of starches and fibers components, which after maceration and natural drying, acquire the ability to bond with each other and harden. The obtained material is completely made of production waste and is 100% biodegradable. After being used, the packaging can be usefully re-inserted in the biological cycle becoming animal food or fertilizer for plants.

Concept, prototyping, photography and post-production by Pietro Gaeli, Simone Caronni, Paolo Stefano Gentile

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The Forest of Kaldbakur

Into water / Under the lip
“In a collaboration with Dröfn Sæmundsdóttir and Gísli Hilmarsson I tried to invent a new way to utilize the forest of Kaldbakur inYtri-Rangárvallarsýsla. We decided to use herbs from the forest and designed two ways to use them in an interesting way.
“Into water” are teabags that have the shape of a tree and arrive in packaging that is possible to transform so it is easy to serve the tea and it stands nicely on your table. On the tree-teabags is a stamped picture of a birch-tree, but the idea was that edible ink made from herbs would be used. You’re suppost to get the feeling that the packaging is the soil and you take the tree by the roots and put it in your cup, but the roots return the power ofthe herbs into the water.
“Under the lip” is supposed to meet the bad habit to put tobacco under the lip (snus), but the difference is that you put healing herbs under your lip instead of the unhealthy tobacco. The healing power of the herbs is suppost to flow straight into your bloodstream through the mucosa under the upper lip.
We then designed three sorts that would be possible to get both into water and under the lip. Their names are: Bætir (improver), Vætir (wetener) and Gætir (guardian), and that are the effects that they have on you body.
The shape of the bag allows it to hang on the edge of the cup, and the power from the roots go into the water.
Teabacco or „tebak“ is a new and a better alternative for those addicted to snus (tobacco you put under your lip). And also a new way to enjoy the effects of tea/herbs, when you don´t have the time or space to heat up water. You can use teabacce whenever and whereever.

We made stamps so the farmer could just use almost any paper packages and stamp his tree or his logo on it. For the fun of it, this tree, Birch, is the farmer´s favorite.”


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Lost & Found for Flowers for Slovakia

To tell the stories of Slovak heritage in the language of masses

Lost & Found is an original set of furniture and interior accessories. The basic creative process of the selected students this time was linking the traditional Slovak folk furniture types with unmistakable aesthetic of Vitra elements.

Benches, tables, storage cabinets, or even a cradle underwent a thorough renovation so that they could be not only be visually appealing, but above all functional. The perceptive observer will recognize, however, in non-traditional connections also working tools, originally designed for the processing of hemp and flax, winding of yarn, churning butter, kneading dough or butchering.

Poetics of Slovak folk art and craft is thus materialized in unique authorial “ready mades” carrying message of everyday object being used more than 100 years ago. Through a sensitive and intelligent intervention the selected new pieces acquired a new, current meaning and at the same time they did not stop telling a story. It is becoming more and more attractive even for a global-minded user who is hungry for added value in order to be able to establish a long term relationship with the given object and thus to establish the reason to retain him in his/her home as long as possible.

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Pass it On by Flowers for Slovakia

Lucia Tomaschová – The Untouchable

The collection “Pass it on” outlines historical timeline of Slovakia through evocative objects, telling stories of both bygone and today’s outstanding personalities, who contributed to changing their era. Young designers, architects and jewellery makers pay tribute to outstanding characters of Slovakia.
The objects represent achievements and tell life stories of pioneers from diverse fields ranging from art, architecture, politics or music to sports. The collection puts together selected fragments of Slovak history, since the year 820 till nowadays. You will learn that a Slovak can become the king of Madagaskar, or invent a parachute, discover a comet or get nominated for Nobel Prize for literature.

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Silvia Gálová – The Pump
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Wellspring & New Manantial by Martín Azúa

Manantial and the Wellspring are an invitation to discover and get to know natural processes. It proposes the reproduction of an ecosystem by means of soil, stones and plants able to give back to water its natural balance. It is not an easy task, it takes time and dedication, maybe a whole life.

“Like water drops which fall in the interior of a cave purified and enriched by the life cycle of water”

Designed by Martín Azúa and made with the collaboration of the ceramist Marc Vidal.

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Auto Assemble Food

Creating what you eat: a table with standardised food elements (walnuts, dates, figs, pommegrante, ham, cheese, bread) is set up. With no systematic guidelines or diagrams the elements are freely assembled in palm-scaled hors d’oeuvre, each piece experimenting with taste as much as with form.
The compositions are then photographed, documented and instantly printed as a reference for future re-creation. Reverse Autoprogettazione.
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Oltu by Fabio Molinas

OLTU is like an organism that takes advantage of the heat produced from the back of a fridge, which in today’s fridges is wasted energy, and uses it to help to cool the “totem” of vegetables via cooling by evaporation.
The heat rises and affects the double wall of the clay containers, which, with the help of the water contained between their walls, is able to lower the temperature thanks to the heat extracted from their interior, recreating the ideal atmosphere for the needs of each group of vegetables.

OLTU is also a sustainable product because, as part of its functioning does not depend on energy, costs are minimal and, most importantly, each item is kept fresher. It is an industrial product with a strong educational component for the user:

Each person can now know about the needs of vegetables and preserve them in a more responsible and natural way.
Are we sure we are storing our food properly? How many times have we thrown rotting vegetables away?

Nowadays we are obsessed with storing everything in the fridge, but what few people know is that this is not always the best way to keep food fresh.

Fruit and vegetables require a set of conditions which, according to their needs, help to keep these products fresher for longer.

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Taste of Wood by Antonio Arico

Taste of Wood is a funny eulogy to olive oil, to olive wood, and to wooden furniture and the artisanal techniques used to finish and preserve it. As we all know, olive oil can be used to polish and preserve the olive wood as well.

Sitting beneath an olive tree, you can dream of tasting some incredible Calabrese olive oil, but not only! You can also think about your furniture and start polishing it with passion.
Tasty Chair plays with the iconic ideas or archetypes of kitchen furniture. It represents a traditional kitchen stool with a detachable back that can be used as a chopping board. The little accent on the side can be used to take off the back or to hang your bag or your clothes on.
A little teaspoon, a soft sponge, an oil dispenser… a tender family of products dedicated to serving olive oil, to you, your table or your chair. The collection Taste of Wood plays on the theme “eatable materials” but without losing the essential ideas of utility and quality in all the products.
The glass container reminds us of an industrial but somehow natural oil can. Generally used to preserve a big quantity of good oil, the glass oil can could also be displayed on the table in your living room.

An aesthetic mix between an oil cruet and a bottle with a glass funnel to decant olive oil.

The tasting glass is blue for one practical reason, to hide the color of the oil so the judges and the consumers aren’t influenced when it comes to the tasting. The glass dispenser has a little beak on the side to make it easy to pour the oil. A frosted glass cone protects the oil from dust and light. An upside down pierced funnel made of glass and textile becomes an elegant sponge, useful to polish wood with the olive oil.

Material: olive wood and glass

words and images by Antonio Arico

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