Designs from Ro Plastic Prize to be exhibited during London Design Festival

Designs from Ro Plastic Prize to be exhibited during London Design Festival

Dezeen promotion: sustainable designs from Rossana Orlandi's Ro Plastic Prize competition will be exhibited at Istituto Marangoni London as part of this year's London Design Festival.

The works of winning designer Alexander Schul and other emerging creatives will be displayed at the exhibition, alongside pieces by renowned Italian architect Piero Lissoni and contemporary designer James Shaw.

The Guiltless Plastic exhibition will be held from 19 to 22 September at Istituto Marangoni London, located in the heart of Shoreditch.

Designs from Ro Plastic Prize to be exhibited during London Design Festival
Schul won the design category of the Ro Plastic Prize with his Substantial furniture collection

The Ro Plastic Prize competition was launched as part of gallerist and design curator Orlandi's Guiltless Plastic initiative, which aims to change the perception of plastic and ensure the material is used responsibly.

Held earlier this year at Milan design week, the second edition of this competition again challenged designers to develop new ways of recycling and reusing plastic.

Designs from Ro Plastic Prize to be exhibited during London Design Festival
Schul created each piece using sheets of recycled high-impact polystyrene

Schul won the design category of the contest with his Substantial furniture collection, comprising a chair, a lamp and a side table all made entirely from recycled plastic.

The German designer created each piece using sheets of high-impact polystyrene. The designs are intended to be universal, practical and easily manufacturable on a large scale, using efficient production methods.

Designs from Ro Plastic Prize to be exhibited during London Design Festival
Federica Cammarota's playful Rock rocking bin will be on display at the exhibition

The London exhibition will also include designs from other emerging talents including Sanne Schuurman, Federica Cammarota, Dylan Casasnovas, Miloš Ristin, Joseph André Szall, Massimiliano Adami, Ruben Carboni and Bailey Allan Fontaine.

The recycled plastic shingles designed by Overtreders W and Bureau SLA, which were used to build a temporary pavilion for Dutch Design Week 2017, will also feature in the show.

Each of the works offers a solution on how to process plastic waste in a more cost, time, and energy efficient way, and demonstrates the imaginative possibilities of fully recyclable materials.

Some designs also explore how to return contaminated plastics into the production cycle, as well as other innovative ideas such as creating outdoor bins from beach plastic waste or speakers from recycled plastic.

Designs from Ro Plastic Prize to be exhibited during London Design Festival
Overtreders W and Bureau SLA's recycled plastic shingles will also be on show at the exhibition

Each of the pieces that will be exhibited at the London school have been selected by Orlandi and Mark Anderson, director of education at Istituto Marangoni Milan.

During the design week, the school will also host a conversation between Rossana Orlandi and Dezeen founder and editor-in-chief Marcus Fairs, centred on the topic of "The Future of Plastic".

Designs from Ro Plastic Prize to be exhibited during London Design Festival
The Guiltless Plastic exhibition will be held from 19 to 22 September 2019

"This wonderful moment enables our beautiful London School to host exciting new conceptual design, curated and debated by a true leader of design innovation, Rossana Orlandi," said Charlotte Gorse, director of the London School.

"Our contribution to Shoreditch in the London Design Festival seeks to bring the best of the Salone del Mobile debate and thinking."

Designs from Ro Plastic Prize to be exhibited during London Design Festival
The work of emerging American designer Bailey Allan Fontaine will be presented among other recycled plastic pieces

Orlandi, an Istituto Marangoni alumna, launched the Guiltless Plastic project, formerly named Guilty Feeling, in 2017 in a bid to encourage a more sustainable approach to design by giving new life to plastic.

Over 300 applicants from 50 different countries took part in the Ro Plastic Prize competition. Entries were judged by an international jury, which included Fairs, trend forecaster Li Edelkoort and Google's head of hardware design Ivy Ross.

Designs from Ro Plastic Prize to be exhibited during London Design Festival
The exhibition will be held at Istituto Marangoni London in Shoreditch

"As the sole educational partner for the prize, Istituto Marangoni has supported this project both in its launch in Milan and now for the first London edition, reflecting the school drive and belief in environmental design, now, more urgent than ever," said Istituto Marangoni.

More information about the exhibition can be found on the London Design Festival website.