Can we imagine design products made of materials purchased on the base of their environmental impact and completely dependent on local resources?
Agricola is a series of design products based on criteria of low Co2 emissions and use of available local resources. The products are made of waste coming from the production and consumption of fruit, vegetables, cereals. By using a selection of that medium, treated with different natural bonds (asuch as latex, dammar gum and gamboge) it’s possible to produce clean and mouldable materials that would last in time and quality between 8 and 10 years. After this time frame the product will normally biodegrade and decompose in a composter, becoming nutrient for trees and vegetables. The first collection consists in a series of lights, proposed in different shapes and sizes and it represents a first example of design products that offer clear purchasing ethic parameters to the consumers.
The materials of nature and their perpetual change express in fact the unique value of agricola. The colors of the fields change every season, offering discarded materials that once dried highlight a color range that goes from the light green to the brown, passing via tones of light and dark yellows. Thus, together with all seasons materials it is also possible to investigate ‘seasonal’ colors, completely dependent on the local agricultural waste produced from each period of the year. Each product refers to the provenience of the specific material, informing also about what it is, when it has been collected and who produced it, communicating itself an artistic function that speaks through a material, a color and a smell.