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Giorgio Caporaso at Milan Design Week

By Chere Di Boscio
It must be tough for furniture designers to stand out during Milan Design Week–the best and brightest from the world’s design capital are all present and competing for the spotlight. But Giorgio Caporaso stands out from the crowd for his smooth lines, unique materials–and strong dedication to sustainability.
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Displayed at Fuorisalone this year is his unique, eco-friendly furniture range, fashioned from cardboard. This surprisingly strong material is especially flattering to curved lines, and Caporaso showcases this beautifully with softly rounded edges to his lounge chairs, stacked shelving and tables.

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The designer, who hails from Varese, Italy, studied architecture initially but later specialised in Industrial and Interior Design. For over a decade, he has given his work an environmental slant through the creation of eco-friendly products, such as his first interiors line, called MORE.
This project won the British European Design Group’s competition at the ‘100% Design Futures 2008’ in London, and since then, he has continued his ecological focus, showing his green furniture at events such as the XIII International Architecture Biennial in Venice and the XCIII Compasso d’Oro, where he was put on the Honours List.
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Unlike natural wood furniture, Caporaso’s systems aren’t high maintenance at all: each piece of furniture can easily be repaired at a low cost, and when it’s beyond repair, it can be fully recycled. This concept has proven especially attractive to consumers, and the 2ONDE chairs are now so well known, they have been selected to go through to Phase 2 at FoID’s Product Design Competition that will take place in Dubai.
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Cardboard’s flexibility and durability has also encouraged architects to use it–Shigeru Ban is particularly fond of the material and has used it to create everything from offices to cathedrals. What we’d like to see is a 100% cardboard house with 100% cardboard interiors. A Ban-Caporaso collaboration at the next cycle of Milan Design Week would surely prove beyond a doubt that cardboard is King when it comes to sustainable design.


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