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SALONE DEL MOBILE.MILANO 2022 – ‘DESIGN WITH NATURE’ BY ARCHITECT MARIO CUCINELLA

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Published by Sugar & Cream, Wednesday 23 March 2022

Images courtesy of Salone del Mobile.Milano

In S.Project’s Pavilion 15, Salone: An Installation Represents Future Of Home Living (1,400 m2)

The 60th edition of the Salone del Mobile.Milano will once again explore the relationship between nature and the way we live, with a major exhibition/installation that will offer triggers for reflection on the future of design practice. From 7th to 12th June, S.Project’s Pavilion 15 will host Design with Nature: a project developed with the architect Mario Cucinella, which explores the themes of circular economy and reuse, starting with the idea that cities could be possible “reserves” of the future, where most of the raw materials used in construction could be sourced. Seen from this perspective, urban areas could become genuine, new opportunities to cut environmental impact.

Mario Cucinella

The installation channels three main themes: ecological transition, the home as the prime urban element and the city as a mine, ranging over a large area that turns into both a landscape and, simultaneously, a refuge for discussion, sharing, reading, reflecting and working.

It is a substantial piece, because, following the events of the last few years, we have rediscovered the value of sociality, although it does need to build a new equilibrium with what surrounds us, both the spaces we live in and the areas we occupy – on both a small scale (from homes to cities) and a large one (planet) – and with the resources available to us. Hence the vision of an ecosystem, as described by the founding architect and artistic director of Mario Cucinella Architects: “A large space mindful of design and the environment, dedicated to the new sociality. An installation in which the word “ecosystem” is fundamental and with which we aim to show that our vision of the future needs to be ecosystemic and capable of bringing knowledge, skills and technologies together for a new generation of materials and design. The final and specific goal of “ecosystemic know how” – if we can call it that – will be to make life better through a rediscovered respect for nature.

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Just as everything that makes up nature changes, has more than one function and more than one life, the same is true of the components of Design with Nature, an assemblage of forms and functions that will find new lives and new destinations: a small library for a school, a classroom, a chair for a public space, a table for a laboratory. The materials in this architectural structure derive from natural supply chains – demonstrating that ecological transition is already ongoing and that businesses can be the catalysts of this change – or from waste products upcycled and recycled. Cities are rich fonts of the latter, veritable reserves of resources and materials recoverable through circular processes.

Design with Nature will show, therefore, that we can find a different way of building and creating products in conjunction with nature, without continuing to consume raw materials, but by triggering virtuous ecological behaviours. By working with nature, we will rebuild a new, fundamental, and vital friendship with it.

Design with Nature. For new materials. For a new habitat. For a better city. (text by Salone del Mobile.Milano)

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