Above photo: Fabro. Photos in the extended: Paula Alvarado.
Even though initiatives that embrace green design concepts continue to grow in Buenos Aires (remember we had our very own Sustainable Festival last year), the economic limitations and the fact that these subjects are not as extended in society make it hard for creators to produce and sell their items in regular stores. But fortunately, new spaces are coming up to change this.
The latest and coolest in walking this way is Fabro, a design store conceived with a focus in professional design with an Argentine identity that features many of the green products from Argentina we've seen at TreeHugger over the years.
Keep peeking in with us through the many photos in the extended.Fabro is located at Palermo neighborhood (4677 Nicaragua st.), in a building that used to be a Chinese supermarket refurbished by Hampton Rivoira architects. The shop was founded by a group of professionals from different backgrounds: businessman Gustavo Fabroni, economist Diego Gentile, ecologist Luciana Rossi, and psicologist Valeria Mazzia. Nicolas Kneler later jumped in as talent-hunter for new designers.
Their focus was to offer a space for new product development by offering its shelves to new and upcoming designers that don't have a spot to show their work, but with a high expectation for quality: "Our focus was to create a space to show Argentine design with a modern feel but, most of all, with great quality and responsibility behind the process. We want to give a positive, professional image of Argentine design," say the founders.
With those ideas in mind, the store ended up gathering many of the green design initiatives in the city.
Some of the products you can find at Fabro include Baumm's banner bags, Minima Huella's cups and reusable bags, Gruba's bonded leather bags, Eloisa Cartonera's books, Carro's bags from recovered suits, Maminas fabric dolls, Vacavaliente's bonded leather accessories, and Cristian Mohaded's benches, among others.
The products are accompanied by tags that explain the origin of the design and materials involved.
Apart from design store, Fabro also functions as an art gallery and a point to encourage new design production, with regular exhibits of products by design students that otherwise wouldn't have nowhere to sell or show.
If you're traveling in Buenos Aires or planning to, Fabrois a must stop for a peek in. See more photos below, and find more green design in Buenos Aires at the bottom of the post.
The front of the store in Palermo neighborhood.
Advertising banner bags by Baumm.
Bonded leather toys by Jugables.
Green benches by Christian Mohaded (left) and Minima Huella (right).
Bench by Designo Patagonia.
Glasses from recovered bottles by Minima Huella.
Reusable shopping bags by Minima Huella.
Robot from reclaimed wood by Laboratori.
Fabro's official website
Via Direct contact with store