Can sustainable design help us develop new aesthetic possibilities?
One of our current production methods’ most obvious problem is waste. How does design deal with this issue? Waste is often hidden, or moulded into new appealing shapes in order to conceal its origins.
Generating different kinds of furniture by combining and re-contextualizing both industrial and urban waste, CastAway Furniture proposes and develops a new aesthetic language to embody the conceptual and physical implications of waste in our lives.
The result is a collection of challenging objects that comprises a critique of society, highlights the issues of waste production and disposal, but also offers a vision for change. The project research focuses on the hierarchies of values that society assigns to waste and how almost every material can be converted into new functional artefacts through the design process.
In CastAway Furniture the materials found always dictate the evolution of the design process; this approach offers a model that can be used in multiple circumstances and with different materials each time.
Inspired by Adhocism theories and design principles elevating necessity as the mother of invention, Bianchi’s furniture is free from prestructured aesthetics and inevitably proposes new, unexpected solutions.
Bianchi’s modus operandi is a never ending problem solving and creativity exercise, which has no design limits except for the ethical commitment to the recovery of waste. The furniture resulting from this learning through making process is revealed in three steps: re-appropriation of unused resources; selection and combination of materials; improvisation and flexibility in construction.