International designers, artists and students presented high-quality, handmade products from recycled materials. The exhibits included works of art and objects from the fields of furniture, fashion, jewellery, toy and machine design.
Upcycling means environmental protection and sustainability. It not only provides a strategy for moving away from the throwaway and convenience society, but also promotes an appreciation for materials, craftsmanship and individuality. Upcycled products are no longer merely a (market) niche and can now be found in almost all creative industries. Nevertheless, these products all too often go unappreciated.
The aim of the project was to show that, in today’s world, we can produce practically everything we need from recycled materials without sacrificing quality or value; these were not do-it-yourself objects, but instead high-quality, unique and exceptionally sophisticated pieces.
For the Special Exhibition “Learning from Africa”, we invited African designers who embrace a very inspiring approach through their use of different materials and skilled craftsmanship. By combining traditional techniques with creative design and unusual materials, they produce things that are not only beautiful and functional, but also thought-provoking. The exhibition presented Africa in a different light. The wasteful countries of Europe can learn a lot from Africa in terms of environmental awareness, the intelligent use of resources and creative work.
Margherita Marchioni Rome IT
Charlotte Ehrt Halle DE
Daria Wartalska Wrocław PL
Luise Wonneberger Leipzig DE
Alisea Vicenza IT
Anna Bormann Berlin DE
OS2 Designgroup Herford DE
Raphael Biller Leipzig DE
Hidden Rooms Leipzig DE
Transtruktura Berlin DE
Gerhard Bär Berlin DE
Massimiliano Adami Milan IT
Riccardo Casagrande Conegliano IT
Free University of Bozen-Bolzano IT
Faculty of Design and Art
Prey, Camerer, Cohen, Bonetti, Kaz,
Marabello, Maragno, Martorano,
Masturzo, Mattozzi, Simonelli
Roberto Bartolacci, Simone Bonetto,
Matteo Camarca, Stefano Ciri, Lorenzo
Colombo, Michael Costantino, Beatrice
dalla Muta, Michele Di Modugno,
Francesco Feltrin, Federico Fregni,
Juliane Hettich, Julia Heuel, Hornaecker,
Bianca Lampariello, Andrea Lascala, Eva
Loprieno, Hannah Kerber, Tim Kubitz,
Maximilian Maertens, Tobias Marsoler,
Alejandra Marti, Melis, Parpinello,
Poltronieri, Maximilian Rohregger, Alessia
Santoro, David Schmid, Desiree Senoner,
Ylenia Steiner, Tommaso Torri, Sabrina
Trevisan, Camilla Valli, Christian
Pfitscher, Theresa Fischer
Special Guest Africa
Selly Wane Senegal
Issa Diop Senegal
Chérie Yasna Koumba Marsanti Senegal
Ruth Abade Kenya
AfriEcoDesign Senegal, Kenya, Ghana
Promotors and Sponsor
Istituto italiano di cultura Berlino
CiCi Centro interdisciplinare di cultura italiana.
Institut Francais, Senegalese Embassy.
(SMOW), Giovanardi GmbH.
Dotgain.info (Daniel Poller)
Leipziger Volkszeitung 21 October 2016
Radio Bullets, design from upcycling by Gaia Manco 21 December 2016