Beauty out of Waste: Scrap_CMYK @ Salone del Mobile

Rikako Nagashima uses discarded test print paper for Kinnasand Lab collection

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Beauty out of Waste: Scrap_CMYK @ Salone del Mobile
06/03/2019 - Making beauty out of waste, questioning existing viewpoints: this was the driving idea behind Rikako Nagashima’s design for Kinnasand Lab, which will be presented at this year's Salone del Mobile. Scrap_CMYK is a curtain collection created by the Japanese graphic designer, founder of the village® design studio, for the new collaboration. It comprises four designs and a plain base fabric made of 100 % recycled polyester.

With Scrap_CMYK, Rikako Nagashima takes inspiration from, and gives new life to, ‘waste’ test-print paper sheets and their accidental patterns. These are produced during the off-set printing process when fine tuning colors. Nagashima’s project fit perfectly with Kinnasand Lab’s vision of offering a platform to give space for new interpretations within the Kinnasand universe Scrap_CMYK by Rikako Nagashima for Kinnasand

Scrap_CMYK by Rikako Nagashima for Kinnasand

Nagashima commented: ‘I often consider how I can use the concept of upcycling in my work, giving something that was once considered waste, new value. For this collaboration with Kinnasand Lab, I took scrap papers from various projects at my graphic design practice and highlighted the ink stains and print errors as a serendipitous design pattern’.

The collection unites the aesthetic, graphic expressions of the paper sheets into a digitally printed series of curtains, which are characterized by surprising designs and intriguing rhythms. Scrap_CMYK by Rikako Nagashima for Kinnasand

Scrap_CMYK by Rikako Nagashima for Kinnasand

The marks left by the printing machines vary in intensity, depth and precision: some are virtually invisible or bleed organically; others are more clearly defined blocks and stripes. Curiously, this imbues the designs with an almost painted expression, as well as a particular dimensionality and depth. Scrap_CMYK by Rikako Nagashima for Kinnasand

Scrap_CMYK by Rikako Nagashima for Kinnasand

The woven ground material for the curtains is made of specially developed 100 % recycled polyester, which is produced from used plastic bottles. Scrap_CMYK by Rikako Nagashima for Kinnasand

Scrap_CMYK by Rikako Nagashima for Kinnasand

This has a crepe-like character reminiscent of matt, sandy paper and chimes with Rikako Nagashima’s concept of transforming end-of-life into new life.

The color concept for Scrap_CMYK precisely matches the inks used in the off-set printing process: Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Key (black). Each of the designs is solely linked to one of these specific color settings.

The collection will be on display at the Kvadrat stand at Fiera Rho during Salone del Mobile.Scrap_CMYK by Rikako Nagashima for Kinnasand

Scrap_CMYK by Rikako Nagashima for Kinnasand

Scrap_CMYK by Rikako Nagashima for Kinnasand

Scrap_CMYK by Rikako Nagashima for Kinnasand

Scrap_CMYK by Rikako Nagashima for Kinnasand

Scrap_CMYK by Rikako Nagashima for Kinnasand

Scrap_CMYK by Rikako Nagashima for Kinnasand

Scrap_CMYK by Rikako Nagashima for Kinnasand

Scrap_CMYK by Rikako Nagashima for Kinnasand. Salone del Mobile installation

Scrap_CMYK by Rikako Nagashima for Kinnasand. Salone del Mobile installation

Scrap_CMYK by Rikako Nagashima for Kinnasand. Salone del Mobile installation

Scrap_CMYK by Rikako Nagashima for Kinnasand. Salone del Mobile installation

Scrap_CMYK by Rikako Nagashima for Kinnasand. Salone del Mobile installation

Scrap_CMYK by Rikako Nagashima for Kinnasand. Salone del Mobile installation

Scrap_CMYK by Rikako Nagashima for Kinnasand. Salone del Mobile installation

Scrap_CMYK by Rikako Nagashima for Kinnasand. Salone del Mobile installation

Scrap_CMYK by Rikako Nagashima for Kinnasand. Salone del Mobile installation

Scrap_CMYK by Rikako Nagashima for Kinnasand. Salone del Mobile installation

Rikako Nagashima. Ph. by Pizco

Rikako Nagashima. Ph. by Pizco

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