On 24th November 2016 at 6.30 pm FAB Milano dedicates the fifth and final evening of the series of events “Le One Night di Fab” (Fab One Nights) to the eco-social designer Luca Gnizio, a prominent figure on the Italian and international creative scene and an exponent of an innovative approach to product design based on ethical and social principles and eco-sustainability.
Numerous international plaudits and prestigious collaborations with renowned leading companies like Levi Strauss (ForOCEANJeans seats and benches), Cosmave consortium (marble eco-synergies) and BMW, are a laudable yet also tangible expression of his vision, showing how he has grasped the full potential of design that strives to ennoble waste materials.
Eco-social designer Luca Gnizio's design philosophy is based on his desire to give new life to industrial waste materials, showing how recycling can be used to create useful products of real value. Taking waste materials from various manufacturing processes, and asking no more of the companies, Gnizio creates highly innovative items that respond to demands for ethical and socially aware design. These items generate new business, becoming symbols of the reduced environmental impact of manufacturing processes. At the same time, they uphold principles of social responsibility, as they are produced in partnership with organisations that provide support to the disabled and unemployed.
The evening will also present the Italian preview of an innovative, revolutionary material (patent pending) designed for BMW, a company that has always focused on innovation and the pursuit of avant-garde solutions. The collaboration between designer Luca Gnizio and the German car manufacturer began with the creation of the famous Escape armchair, which straddles the worlds of art and design and uses recycled carbon fibre - and continues today with his involvement in the design of i3 - i8 electric cars.
In acknowledgement of the link between the designer and the BMW car manufacturer, the event takes place under the patronage of the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany.
In the presence of Thea Campioli, head of marketing at Fiandre, architect Paolo Schianchi, director of the Floornature website who organises the events at FAB, and the editor-in-chief of Marie Claire, Antonio Mancinelli, the eco-social designer Luca Gnizio will describe the genesis of his original research and tell and how he succeeded in engaging different companies with a shared ecological and social agenda, expanding the boundaries of the concept of design.
FAB Milano will be all dressed up for the occasion with chiaroscuro-effect lighting chosen to enhance the selection of objects designed by Gnizio, which will be displayed on pedestals made with ceramic slabs by GranitiFiandre; on show, the carbon fibre fabrics used for the Escape armchair, plus the ForDesert chaise, constructed with a skeleton of iron strips and a tangle of nylon filaments made from scrap tyres, symbolising protest against the continuing desertification of the planet.
The FAB One Nights programme thus brings to a close a series of events that have animated the Milan exhibition space over the course of 2016: events that have provided the opportunity to present contemporary approaches to themes like communication, photography, architecture, video and design.
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