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."

veuve Tom Dixon photo light

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.

RD21 cohda chair photo
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.

recycled bookcase photo

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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