Kami pots by Ett La Benn
Milan 2011: German designers Ett La Benn show these vases made of biodegradable cellulose as part of Poetry Happens at Ventura Lambrate in Milan this week.
Called Kami, the pots are moulded by hand and left to air-dry.
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Here are some more details from Poetry Happens:
The 'kami' collection of pots/vases/home lighting encourage a new way of thinking in eco-friendly lifestyle products.
Made from 100% biodegradable cellulose, an enormously solid and light material, 'kami' transforms this most abundant natural raw material into objects for daily use by simple air drying.
Charles Bukowski: ‘Poetry is what happens when nothing else can.’
Design as a creative discipline always floats between pure culture and an applied profession that fulfills industrial needs.
Our exhibition project emphasizes the experimental ‘making’-oriented cultural path of design. As every year, Milan is the best place to showcase these new concepts and researches. Our exhibition POETRY HAPPENS displays authentic, archetypal projects, prototypes and installations with a narrative design quality. Poetry as a headline gives every invited designer, architect and artist the freedom of his / her personal approach and interpretation of his / her work related to poetry.
Poetry transferred into the world of design can be: The poetry of making by emphasizing the personality of the maker or the unique and individual strategy of the creator behind an object.
The poetry of collages combines readymades or parts, principles and mechanics of existing ‘everyday’-products into hybrid objects with a new life-cycle that, unlike standard industrial production, also shows signs of usage. The poetry of prototyping: process models, mock-ups and regular prototypes generate the story and evolution of creating – a narrative quality with often a bigger impact than the final product.
The poetry of materials and technology experiments is the engine of the continuous evolution of design. The history of design would be blank and just a formal discipline without the quantum leaps in materials and technologies.
The poetry of spaces and installations expands the pure object’s existence into space and environments which finally every object has to deal with.
The poetry of sustainability begins when design objects tend to achieve an archetypal long lasting quality with a maximal visual continuity: classic pieces and long runners in the market won’t absorb new resources.