Milan 2018 – Can we conceive design without using any kind of material from animals? Erez Nevi Pana believes so, and proved it with Vegan Design – The Art of Reduction, a solo exhibition at Garage Sanremo in the heart of Milan’s more central design district 5Vie.
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“My researches and experiments have the purpose to fine-tune functional materials that are consistent with his ideas of creating life-friendly, extremely elegant, and beautiful objects,” explains the designer.
On show a design methodology which refuses to use any kind of product containing animal molecules, such as fabrics like wool or leather, or any other material which is normally used in design like rubber gloves, paint, plastics, resin and industrial glues.
The Salt project highlights the power of nature and time. The designer finished stools made with carpenter’s wood waste with a special glue he invented and then fixed them to the bottom of the Dead Sea, the lowest point on Earth where highly salty water prevents any kind of living-being to survive. “Probably the most vegan place on Earth”, says the designer.
Random crystallization on surfaces generates pure white foulings which give a new shape and thickness to the original objects with a layer of natural salt becoming a new skin for the original object.
The colourful Wasted baskets are made of poor materials like bamboo, seeds or any other kind of waste or left over to originate a “recycling cycle”. The baskets are polished with a special varnish coming from a blend of ground cashew nuts shells: a dark and shiny surface able to catch the eyes and stimulate touch.
It is possible to find animal traces also in some glue used to improve the sheet’s resistance and flexibility of paper. Nevi Pana’s vegan-paper not only contains vegetable-based elements but also its artisan process guarantees a product that is 100% vegan.
The Lot’s Wife collection of vegan-clay objects, on which Nevi Pana shaped salt sedimentation, recalls the notorious legend from the Bible – stands out as a challenge against modern society as well as its blindness and destructive actions, inspiring a reflection on our relation towards history and mythology.
Following the same idea, the clothes of Peace Silk are made in full respect of the world’s creatures: for their production, the designer awaits for the butterfly to exit the cocoon by itself and, only then, collects the silk deposited in it.
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