Istituto Marangoni London & Rossana Orlandi: Sustainable & Conscious Design
Istituto Marangoni and Rossana Orlandi have come together to form a unique partnership for the project ‘Guiltless Plastic’, an important initiative that supports the drive to be environmentally conscious and encourages a more sustainable approach to design, through the call to take immediate action to reduce pollution caused by plastic. This is followed by an exclusive talk with Rossana Orlandi and Marcus Fairs, Founder & Editor in Chief of Dezeen on ‘The Future of Plastic’.
An Alumna from Istituto Marangoni as well as internationally respected gallerist and design curator, Rossana Orlandi launched the ‘Guilty Feeling’ project in 2017 seeking to enlist the world of design in meeting the challenge of giving new life to plastic. This initiative has today evolved into ‘Guiltless Plastic’ thanks to the ‘Ro Plastic Prize’, an international competition that rewards sustainably conceived work made of recycled and recyclable plastic.
As the sole educational partner for the Prize, Istituto Marangoni has supported this project both in its launch in Milan and now for the first London edition, reflecting the School drive and belief in environmental design, now, more urgent than ever.
Over 300 applicants from 50 different countries took part in the ‘Ro Plastic Prize’, whilst the judging panel which involved professionals and industry experts such as Giulio Cappellini, Isitituto Marangoni ambassador and Marcus Fairs and included Istituto Marangoni alumni and student, Terence Coton and Marco Ripani.
For the first time in the UK, pieces from ‘Guiltless Plastic’ will be uniquely exhibited at Istituto Marangoni London, in the heart of Shoreditch, during London Design Festival 2019. The School will also host a brunch and talk with Rossana Orlandi herself on ‘The Future of Plastic’.
The selection of pieces that will be showcased at the London School has been curated by Rossana Orlandi and Mark Anderson, Director of Education at Istituto Marangoni Milan, the School of Design. Mark Anderson has previously participated in the RO Round Table in Milan with renowned international designers to share ideas and thoughts on how to tackle the question of sustainability and plastic recycling.
The exhibition will include works from renowned artists and designers Piero Lissoni and James Shaw, and also includes emerging designers such as Sanne Schuurmaan, Federica Cammarota, Dylan Casasnovas, Milos Ristin, Joseph Andrè Szall, Massimiliano Adami, Ruben Carboni, Hester van Dijk, Alexander Schil and Bailey Allan Fontaine.
The eclectic projects will offer solutions and present creative research on how to process plastic waste in a more cost, time, and energy efficient way. Design works will demonstrate the imaginative possibilities of fully recyclable materials with continued high design expectations on aesthetics, haptics and functionality. Pieces also explore how to return contaminated plastics into the production cycle, as well as other forward thinking initiatives such as creating outdoor bins from beach plastic waste or speakers made out of recycled plastic.
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