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Amplify your music with Filofono: Sustainable project For The Youth Design Day in Japan

Alessio Gentile is an Italian artisan who, working in the Restoration and Craftsmanship Association Laboratorio Ennio Gentile, had the idea of creating a 100% sustainable tool which can amplify the music reproduced by our smartphone. Its name is “Filofono” and below you can find the short interview we had with its creator.

SOYC: “Alessio, can you please talk about your project, explain us how does it work and focus on its sustainability?”

Alessio: “Filofono is an acoustic speaker for smartphones. There are no cables or wireless systems, the sound of music gets louder and warmer just because of the shape and the materials that we use: thin wood, water based colors, nails and glue. The production is completely handmade, it takes a week of work to complete one Filofono. The project is focused on sustainability for two main reasons: Filofono is a great choice to listen music in a domestic environment without buying a wireless/bluetooth speaker. That means, of course, energy saving. The second reason is the material: wood is a good alternative, especially when it comes from certified forests, if we want to reduce our plastic use for technology tools with low-life term.”

SOYC: “Where does the idea of Filofono take its origin?”

Alessio: “The idea was to build a beautiful object, with a vintage touch, meant to be useful and not only decorative. Only at the end of the creation we realized that Filofono had this natural feeling of a non-invasive design; a good, colored, sustainable alternative to the black bluetooth speakers that we see everyday. A natural amplifier that will never run out of energy. But also a nice item that invites everybody to play with it.”

SOYC: “Why did you decide to create that tool?”

Alessio: “Because I wanted to create a peculiar object, completely handmade, to represent the local craftsmanship and to celebrate the spirit of the people that are working there. I think that we need to start again to care about the importance of manual work and to understand how it can be useful to answer the urgency of finding new solutions for a sustainable design.”

SOYC: “What did inspire you and your idea of creating ‘Filofono’?”

Alessio: “Filofono is built following the shape of the old theatre speakers of the ’30’s. These models were huge, because they were meant to spread the sound of the first talking motion pictures. The horns were positioned behind the screen, so the effect must have been very impressing. We reduced the size and studied how to adapt the width of smartphones inside the speaker, keeping attention to balance the weight of the Filofono with a semi-circular foot. The shape reminds, also, the old gramophone bells, and that’s very close to the sound effect that generates.”


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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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BAMBOO: SUSTAINABLE MATERIAL FROM THE YOUTH DESIGN DAY IN JAPAN 2018

Technically a grass, bamboo has been used in decorations and many other assortments, but has only recently been used on a large scale for very different uses. Perhaps thanks to the sustainable movement, the material has become increasingly popular.

The benefits of bamboo are many fold. This material is a very fast growing, renewable and easy-to-grow resource. It is an extremely versatile material with countless uses including construction, clothes, food and fuel. Moreover, bamboo has anti-bacterial properties and is water resistant that makes it a great building material.

There are over 1000 species of bamboo. This amazing plant grows in tropical and temperate environments and is very hardy, not needing pesticides or herbicides to grow well. It is a type of grass and grows from its roots, when it is cut it quickly grows back with most species maturing in 3-5 years.

Some facts about the sustainability of bamboo are:

  • It is grown without pesticides or chemical fertilisers
  • It grows rapidly and can be harvested in 3-5 years
  • It produces 35% more oxygen that an equivalent stand of trees
  • It is a critical element in the balance of oxygen and carbon dioxide in the atmosphere
  • It is an excellent soil erosion inhibitor
  • It grows in a wide range of environments
  • It’s production into fibres has lower environmental impact than other forms of fibre, especially synthetic ones.

Two are the projects which were inspired by the great sustainability features of bamboo and that will be presented in Japan during The Youth Design Day 2018 edition.

Both the two projects were selected because of their purpose, which has always been dear to Japan and its culture: using sustainable material to create something useful to people and to planet.

One of these projects is by two young Czech Design students:

Daniel Skoták and Patrik Rešl

Daniel Skoták
Patrik Rešl

Daniel is 21 years old, while Patrik is 26. These two guys project uses bamboo as the main material of an object which takes up a very important space in our daily lives.

Here what they told us while talking about their project:

Bamboo was chosen as the material because it is fast-growing, which lessens the negative impact on its environment. It is also carbon-neutral, because it absorbs carbon dioxide while it grows. We want to support and join the ever-growing movement of sustainable design, as this is an element of products that consumers are increasingly looking for.

 

The other project is by a group of Irish and English designers:

Jack Lehane, Jason Ladrigan, Seán Conlan-Smith and Alastair Brook

From left to right: Jack Lehane, Jason Ladrigan, Seán Conlan-Smith and Alastair Brook

They are 24, 24, 26 and 26 and the founders of the DSGN movement, which is a new project pioneered by an international network of student designers. Alongside their sister organisation, MEDS Meeting of Design Students, they have brought creative students from across 45+ international countries together, labouring with love on architecture, design, art, film, photography, and media projects at their annual workshops.

The design which won the competition and which DSGN are implementing and constructing in Bali is by two Polish Architecture Students:

Ewelina Andrecka and Hanna Haczek

Left: Ewelina Andrecka, right: Hanna Haczek

This is what they said about their projects:

The […] is designed in such a way that it gives the impression of a perfect balance with the surrounding nature. It is divided into three sections by mobile walls- frames filled with bamboo, a sustainable material. […] Simplicity is key here and usage of local building materials and plain environmental solutions play a significant role in achieving harmony with the environment.


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Assessor Cristina Tajani on SOYC 5th edition

Within the 5th edition of Switch On Your Creativity, we are pleased to inform you that the project is sponsored, again this year, by the Municipality of Milan.

Cristina Tajani, City of Milan assesor of Labour Policies, speaks about Switch On Your Creativity and The Youth Design Day in Japan.

Switch On Your Creativity was born as an Asian Studies Group production in 2013 and was presented as an intercultural and international contest. It promotes the creativity of young artists following The Charter of Values For Youth Creativity guidelines, born during the contest’s second edition.

The contest has become in its third edition an accelerator of creative projects with the aim of supporting the creation, the promotion and the realizations of artistic contents by Europe and Asia.

This year edition’s theme is Design and Planet and will see the participation of Design projects selected by Asian Studies Group within The Youth Design Day in the Italia Amore Mio Festival, which is the biggest Italian Festival in Japan.

Brand New Youth Design Day 2018 participants!

Let’s go on discovering new Youth Design Day in Japan 2018 participants. Those of today are two groups and two single designer.

All the four design projects are linked, even if in different ways, to the “Sustainable Interior Design” theme we talked about a little while ago.

We will talk extensively about their projects in a few articles. Now, instead, we are focusing on the partipants. Let’s start from the single one:

 

Christian Carlino

Christian Carlino

Christian is 33 years old and he’s from Italy. He earns a Degree in Information Technology and Web Design.

Here what he told us about his project:

What inspired me can be found in the power that the energy fields and the frequencies have on us as human beings. Every vibration, every color, every object, whatever is present on this planet influences our lives.

 

Alessandro Azzolini

Alessandro Azzolini

Alessandro is 20 and comes from Italy.  He studies Architectural Design at Politecnico di Milano.

Below his words describing the design concept:

The concept originates both from the idea of regenerating waste in a way to get a newly usable product and also from the do-it-yourself movement.
In every city, especially in industrial or retail areas, lots of […] are thrown away after their single use. I wanted to do something with them and give them a new life before they are headed to the recycler.

 

Emanuele Matteucci, Giovanni Silvestri and Michele Tunzi

Emanuele Matteucci
Giovanni Silvestri
Michele Tunzi

Emanuele, Giovanni and Michele are all 20 years old and come from Italy. They are university colleagues and study Design of the Industrial Product at Alma Mater Studiorum in Bologna.

These are the words they told us while talking about their project:

This way we save resources both on material, because there is no waste, and industrial treatments.
Furthermore, we built […] starting from a scrap of metal found as a reject in a mechanical workshop, therefore we can say that it is 100% recycled from other processes’ waste.

 

Dario Ivone and Monir Kazemian

Dario Ivone and Monir Kazemian

Dario and Monir are a couple. He is 28 years old and Italian, she is 31 and Iranian. Dario has a Degree in Management Engineering, while Monir a Degree in Architectural Design.

This is what they told us about the project they have developed together:

The elegant geometry and cutting leading to characterize the three shapes, giving new interpretation and defining them as a set of design icon which will elevate the atmosphere of your place and would give your room a modern vibe.


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Sustainable Interior Design: one of the main themes of The Youth Design Day 2018

Within the numerous design projects we have collected for The Youth Design Day in Japan 2018 edition, there are some which can be categorized under the theme of “Sustainable Interior Design”. But how can Interior Design be sustainable?

Sustainable interior design creates interior spaces using design principles such as functionality, accessibility, and aesthetics and expands the focus to include environmental considerations.

For example, sustainable design projects are influenced by such factors as planning efficient use of space, choosing materials with low environmental impacts, and reducing energy consumption, pollution, and waste.

Sustainable interior design aim is that to balance aesthetics and functionality with choices that reduce the environmental impact of their designs.

From a sustainability perspective, it’s very important to pick materials and products with the lowest environmental impact. Organic materials (e.g. wood, wool, natural stone) seem the obvious choice, but we mustn’t forget that natural resources need to be treated responsibly. Choose materials that are quickly renewable (such as fast-growing bamboo), and are extracted in an environmentally responsible way.

The environmental impact of materials and products must be evaluated throughout their entire life cycle — from extraction, production, transportation and processing, all the way to how they are discarded after use.

Interior designers have a lot of power in their hands when it comes to waste reduction, and at the same time, a big responsibility to act sustainably. The planet’s precious resources are limited, so the mentality of discarding products as soon as they go out of style and replacing them with those that are currently trendy is no longer justifiable.

Fortunately, the world of design is becoming increasingly aware of the need for sustainable thinking and is experiencing a growing interest in sustainable trends, such as recycling, upcycling and repurposing. Instead of discarding ‘’old-fashioned’’ objects while they are still functional, designers can (and should) come up with creative ways to give them a new life.


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THE YOUTH DESIGN DAY IN JAPAN 2018: INCOMING NEWS!

From next Monday, you will discover the names of the designers whose projects have been selected to participate to our contest The Youth Design Day 2018 in Japan!

Their works will be officially presented during the Italia Amore Mio! festival in Nagoya.

The names, together with the projects concept, will be showed every week.

All the designers will be presented with their works through video-interviews, images, and lot of other contents.

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