Sustainable setups: the most popular materials

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Also in the sector of event, museum and temporary exhibition’s setups, sustainability has become a key aspect increasingly requested by the client, inspired by the principle of “Good and Beautiful”, meaning that beauty should always be accompanied by moral values and that, vice-versa, ethics is strictly linked to aesthetics.

Today, going in this direction, sustainable furnishings, mainly talking about components made of recyclable materials, present characteristics, besides economic efficiency and functionality, also of high aesthetics. Just think, for example, of cardboard, recycled material par excellence, which today has become a material used even in cult design objects such as the Wiggle Side Chair by Vitra produced using about 60 sheets of cardboard.

Another example of creative recycling is wooden pallets that have recently become very fashionable in the event industry. Just think of their use as chairs in shabby chic weddings for instance, to the point that they have even become protagonists of the book “Alles Paletti” (It’s all made of pallets!) by German interior designer Claudia Guther.

Among others popular recycled materials lent to the world of design we can certainly mention recycled tyre rubber that can be reused for baskets or chairs, as well as plastic, perhaps among the most versatile material. Just think of the beautiful project “Gardening The Trash” by Bonotto, a company that has always stood out for its great attention to sustainability, that has recently launched a collection of clothing and home textile produced with recycled plastic bottles.

Finally, recycling can become a work of art itself as it happened with the installation of Alejandro Aravena (in the above photo) for the Architecture Biennale 2016 realized (and “fabricated” by Tosetto Allestimenti) with 100 tons of materials recycled from Art Biennale 2015, including 14 km of aluminum structures.

This “Good and Beautiful” philosophy is fiercely supported by Tosetto in favor of a circular economy able to create Beauty from waste also in the interior design industry.

Ph. by Luke Hayes