Milan Furniture Fair Day 1: Veuve Cliquot Champagne Box Sofa and More


Couch made out of recycled Veuve Cliquot champagne boxes by Front Design. Photo: Courtesy of Veuve Cliquot.

Is this couch made out of recycled Veuve Cliquot champagne boxes comfortable? Here in Milan the 2009 Salone Internazionale del Mobile is now in full-swing (Check out our green product preview slideshow), and last night, at Veuve Cliquot's debut of its Designbox series, the designers at Front Design said, "surprisingly so."
Photo Left: Tom Dixon's light via Veuve Cliquot. Photo Right: The new champagne box, via Veuve Cliquot.
Better Packaging: An Eco-friendly Champagne Box
The DesignBox event--also including a light by Tom Dixon and a cellar by 5.5 Designers made from recycled Veuve Cliquot champagne boxes--celebrates Veuve's launch of a new eco-friendly champagne box.

Fabricated from paper sourced from Forest Stewardship Council-certified wood, with no plastic lamination, the box incorporates minimal inks, glues and solvents (less than 5 percent of the total weight of the product), making it easier to recycle without pollution.

While we suggest trying to buy your bubbly without a box if possible, we like that Veuve is looking at greener pastures, and these are also some great ideas for savvy DIYers.

Photo left: Cohda Design Limited
The RD21 Chair by Cohda Design Limited
Earlier in the evening I stopped by Plus Design Gallery, and checked out the wild RD21 chair made of recycled plastic by Cohda Design Limited's Richard Liddle. The hand-woven plastic comes from recycled domestic plastic waste.

Shipping Container Bookcase by Studio Elmo Vermijs
In clusters around gallery--located in what is called Milan's new art district Lambrate--several other designers showcased wares, including Studio Elmo Vermijs, which debuted a modern bookcase that belies its recycled roots: run-of-the-mill shipping crates. From houses to towers, it seems there's a lot that can be done with a shipping container.


Photo: via Studio Elmo Vermijs.

The night ended at what is apparently the after-hours spot, where the designer and architect patrons spilled out onto the street, Fragolinis in hand (drinks made of strawberries, champagne, and sugar). If I could remember the name--Bossi? I'll be there again tonight.

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