Cardboard as a mouldable material

Focus on the Ecodesign collection by Lessmore

11/09/2014 - “Cardboard as a mouldable material”. This is Giorgio Caporaso’s peculiar vision. We asked him to talk about the Ecodesign collection he created for Lessmore and his vision of sustainable design.

At LDF14 you are going to present the Less Chair and More Plus collections. Can you tell us about these new products?

In keeping with the motto ‘Less is More’ the approach to the new Lessmore products continues to pursue the search for essential silhouettes, research and modularity. Likewise, the new “Less Chair” features an elemental and linear shape, assembling just a handful of elements. It is extremely practical, easy to stack, shaped to adapt to all spaces for multiple uses.

The development of the assembly of the Mattoni modular system is also a new feature in the “Giorgio Caporaso Collection” by Lessmore, which is fun and easy to assemble like a game, and provides ample opportunity to put together smooth and dynamic shapes. It can also be supplied with a special module to house plants.

Worth mentioning as part of the new products is the Tappo illuminated coffee table. A new version is now available with an anti-bacterial purifying filter and a room essence diffuser. It can contain live lichens.
At DesignJunction we’ll also present the bench from the “MORE” line, with its clean-cut linear shape, and the “More Plus” desk/table, a multi-purpose storage surface of the utmost charm.

How do you approach cardboard in your Ecodesign collection?

I like to imagine cardboard as a material to 'mould' – enhancing the value of its peculiarities and textures - like clay in the hands of a sculptor,despite the huge difference between the two materials.

The functional uniqueness of the furniture in the “Giorgio Caporaso Collection” by Lessmore precisely lies in cardboard, exploiting its physical and sustainable characteristics, and its sensory appeal. Furthermore, experimentation of materials and their combination is one of the reasons for Lessmore products’ special appeal. These aspects are assessed from the onset, from the concept through to the product completion.

How do you think design is evolving in terms of sustainability?

The design world has understood for some time that sustainability is not a niche, but rather an essential approach towards achieving a better future.
Like me, a lot of people are now asking themselves whether it still makes sense to distinguish between design and ecodesign. The 'eco' component should be a given. With this in mind, I believe eco-sustainable design shouldn't be limited to simply imitating normal furniture. Rather, it has matured considerably and is now truly in a position to create innovative and original objects.
I am happy to say that today sustainable objects are no longer a dream shared by a handful of people, but are becoming a widespread reality.


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