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Bring NATURE to your HOME: It is possible thanks to MO.NAT, a project for YDD 2018

Italian designer Sara Vignoli, who really care about improving people’s quality of live, was searching for a way to bring nature home. She has found it and called it MO.NAT!

We asked her to explain us how it is possible and this is what she told us:

SOYC: “Sara, can you explain us how you made it possible to make our lives greener and more eco-friendly?

Sara: “Living and working with plants improve air quality, make people more creative, more productive, and reduce stress.
Pots and green walls are the most usual solution to bring nature in our lives, MO.NAT was born to create an innovative way to solve this problem.
Its system is based on two complementary elements, designed for plants and flowers in order to furnish your own “place” in a green and healthy way
MO.NAT: “Your Place, Your Nature”.

MO.NAT’s strengths are:

  • Modularity and simplicity: It allows free combinations of modules;
  • Flexibility and customizability: It allows connecting modules, potentially creating infinite combinations;
  • Sustainability: It makes everyday life ‘greener’ as it is made by recycled and recyclable materials.
  • “Smart” component: It is also possible to equip the elements with a lighting and irrigation system.  

“Modular Nature” allows creating different combinations that can be adapted to the particular needs of each customer because they are flexible and easy to use. 

The vision of MO.NAT focuses on sustainable design, for the choice of materials for each modular recycled and recyclable element and the whole supply chain.”

SOYC: “What is the importance of MO.NAT?”

Sara: MO.NAT ‘s vision is to bring well-being to people’s lives through a combination of the beauty of Made in Italy design and the nature of plants as a decorative element.
Modular Nature” wants to give to everyone the possibility to enjoy of green, even when limited time and spaces avoid taking care of it.
MO.NAT makes nature modular with the aim to be easy, adaptable, flexible and customizable, according to the needs and availability of everyone’s space.


You can see this and lot of other projects at The Youth Design Day in Osaka, Japan. To find out what the other projects are about and be up to date to the latest news, visit our website and our Facebook Page!

 

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Food Design: The Italian Food Heritage made sustainable for The Youth Design Day in Osaka

Let’s go on presenting the design projects which were selected to participate to The Youth Design Day in Japan 2018 and talk about the project by Vincenzo Sorrentino, an Italian designer who deals with concept concerning food. This kind of concept is called Food Design. What is it?

Food design is a recent term that encompasses the process of design studies and research leading to the emergence of new products related to food. This discipline is due to industrial design and deals with the design of food, parts of food products and products related to them in some way.

The Food Design project meets and mixes various disciplines such as biology, genetics, anthropology, psychoanalysis, food sociology, social research and social mediation, not least the history of kitchen systems and of forms of conviviality.

Below a short interview we had with Vincenzo, who we asked to speak about his design.

SOYC: “Hi Vincenzo! Can you explain us what your design project is about and how it is sustainable?”

Vincenzo: “Hi! So… I called my project ‘Next Pot’ and it is a set of experiential tableware made of clay, the production is based in an artisanal craft workshop and we developed the production of the collection by mixing different techniques that allowed us to recycle the clay during the production. Moreover, we based our model on demand production in order to be more efficient. Every product that we realized introduce new eating rituals.

SOYC: “And why did you decide to create your ‘Next Pot’?”

Vincenzo: “I decided to work with the food of my native place (Naples) and I re-create the eating experience of some iconic recipes such as ‘Caprese salad’ using new tools and plates that are made in collaboration with an artisanal ceramic workshop. My first goal was to promote the culinary heritage and local products with Food Design and another goal was to collaborate and empower traditional artisans with a new design and sustainable production.”

SOYC: “Where did you find the inspiration to create that design?”

Vincenzo: “I got inspired by observing the eating gesture of every day and after several reflections and tests on people around I developed new rituals and object. For example, the eating jewels were inspired by the facts that in Naples years ago people were used to eat with hands and so I recreated that gesture and designed something that was making that possible but without any contamination of food with hands.”

SOYC: “Vincenzo, we thank you a lot for explaining us your concept and we are sure the people who will visit the exhibition in Osaka will really enjoy your ‘Next Pot’!


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THE MILLENNIAL CHINESE CULTURE RENOVATES FOR THE YOUTH DESIGN DAY 2018 IN JAPAN

Making a thousand-year-old culture like the Chinese one new and sustainable? It is possible.
And that’s what these three young Chinese designers did.
Xijing XU
Tian WU
Yue LIU

They are Xijing XU, Tian WU and Yue LIU. They respectively are 23, 24 and 24 years old and all study at China Academy of Art.

Fascinated by the traditional production process of some typical dishes of their Country’s cooking, they looked for a way to build something that could, in a few simple steps, illustrate and physically explain in a new and sustainable way, how are produced some foods usually found on Chinese tables.

Their project has been proposed and welcomed by Switch On Your Creativity for The Youth Design Day 2018.

These are the words explaining from what does their idea originate:

For us the sensation of the taste is deeply connected with the other feelings, which influence our understandings of culture and even our relevant feeling to a special culture group.
This inspired us to present the traditional productive process of [..] into a modern ritual, which makes the eater (or in this context also audience) come closer to the food history.


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SUSTAINABLE MOBILITY: A KEY POINT CONNECTING MILAN TO OSAKA YDD 2018

Sustainable mobility is the mobility model that enables movement with minimal environmental and territorial impact.

Nowadays there are very different kind of transport vehicles we can choose between to move around the city. We can go to school, to office or wherever we want to go by car, bus, underground, motorcycle, taxi and so on.

All these kinds of vehicles contribute to pollution level’s growth.

Mexico City

The challenges associated with growing traffic, especially in cities, are significant and threaten to become insurmountable. And despite the wide range of ways to get around, there have never been so many people who lack access to transportation or the means to use transportation.

Yet another impact was an increase in sedentary lifestyles, causing and complicating a national epidemic of obesity, and accompanying dramatically increased health care costs.

As the interest and the sensitivity towards pollution problems and sustainability are increasing among society, much are the less polluting solutions that were born (car and bike sharing to mention some).

Sustainable mobility is the purpose which guides Clementina Chiarini and Nicolò Cellina in the project they presented us for The Youth Design Day 2018 edition.

Clementina Chiarini and Nicolò Cellina

Clementina and Nicolò are 24 and 25 years old and are two Italian Architecture students.

The two young students are very glad for the opportunity that we gave them to bring their project in a country which has always considered the theme of sustainable mobility as something truly necessary for the planet’s need to reduce pollution.

In fact, Japan was one of the first countries to internationally highlight the importance of adopting more eco-sustainable behaviors.

Here what they say about their Sustainable Mobility project:

A […] is what you need to move around the city: no traffic, no pollution and no sedentary people! It is special because it is craft made. It is a prototype based in a digital model that you can customize according to your body and your tastes.


Continue to follow us to discover how Clementina and Nicolò developed their idea of Sustainable Mobility to make it more accessible!

Broken Nature: The XXII Triennale di Milano Statement

Let’s speak about Broken Nature, theme which animates the XII Triennale di Milano and that is the concept from which The Youth Design Day originates.

Broken Nature is also the theme from which it develops the bond between design and sustainability that guide The Youth Design Day 2018 edition.

Broken Nature celebrates design’s ability to offer powerful insight into the key issues of our age, moving beyond pious deference and inconclusive anxiety.

Paola Antonelli, curator of the XXII Triennale di Milano exhibition

The statement Broken Nature: Design Takes on Human Survival” seeks to start a reflection on the role design has on the research for a new balance between Man and Nature.

That balance which is composed of complex and numerous connections that we have damaged as the time goes by, particularly when we talk about natural environmental resources.

They are connections that must be recovered; in this, design can be a fundamental element not only to provide creativity but also to develop strategies in order to reconsider our relationship with nature.

We have heard in the last decades, in all fields of design, terms like “organic”, “green”, “eco-friendly”, “sustainable”. But the goal Broken Nature exhitibion has gave itself is that designers can give these adjectives meaning and ability to act , encouraging new behaviors.


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LET’S DISCOVER NEW YOUTH DESIGN DAY IN JAPAN PARTICIPANTS!

Let’s go on discovering some of the other names that will participate to the Youth Design Day 2018 in Japan. Today’s artists are both Italian and deeply sustainability driven in the projects they will introduce to us.

They are Sara Vignoli and Alessio De Stefano.

 

Sara

Sara Vignoli is 31 and comes from Sardinia, Italy. She has an International II Level Master’s Degree in Architecture.

These are some of the words she told us when speaking about her project:

Living and working with plants improve air quality, make people more creative, more productive, and reduce stress.  Pots and green walls are the most usual solution to bring nature in our lives, […] was born to create an innovative way to solve this problem.

 

Alessio

Alessio De Stefano is an Italian artisan ad he’s 30 years old.

Here what he told us about his project:

The idea was to build a beautiful object, with a vintage touch, meant to be useful and not only decorative.
[…] 
A natural amplifier that will never run out of energy. But also a nice item that invites everybody to play with it.


Do not miss the others and continue to follow the Switch On Your Creativity Facebook-page for constant news and our site for more deepened information about participants!

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LET’S DISCOVER THE YOUTH DESIGN DAY IN JAPAN PARTICIPANTS!

As anticipated last Friday, here are unveiled the names of the first two participants in our contest The Youth Design Day in Japan 2018:

They are Florian Van De Voorde and Vincenzo Sorrentino, two young designer who deal with subjects that are very different from each other.

We want to leave you hanging a little more, so we won’t tell you all about them. You will discover it by continuing to follow us.

 

Florian

Florian Van De Voorde is 22 years old and comes from Belgium. He studies Interior Design at the LUCA School of Arts in Ghent.

Let’s find out what inspired this young artist in his design and sustainability project, which will be presented in Japan. Here are his words:

“Last year – from august to october 2017 – I did my internship in Onbetaalbaar. This is a community of craftsmen (and women) who like to invite people to think about a more sustainable way about throwing away things and redefine what is thrash and what could be re- or upcycled.  During this internship I got the chance to develop my first prototypes. This formed the base on which I made these pieces.”

 

Vincenzo

Vincenzo Sorrentino is 25 years old and he’s Italian. He has a Bachelor in Design & Communication and a Master in Food Design.

Here, instead, is what inspired Vincenzo in his project on the theme of sustainable design:

“Everything started with this question: can the shape of the plate change my eating behaviours and my approach to food? My reflection and my research drove me to the conclusion that in the world different culture eat different kind of food but in the same round plate and so I experimented new shapes trying to re-create new rituals.”


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