Above: a piece from the Lifeguard collection. Photos: Courtesy of Leo Battistelli.
In 2002, Argentine artist based in Brazil Leo Battistelli began working with the remains of a porcelain factory. During the following eight years, he has experimented with the discarded materials in sculptures, installations, utilitarian objects and prototypes, and has even built his whole studio with the furniture the factory threw away and worked with the venue's production chain and materials.
Salt and pepper shaker from the 'Chinese' collection.
This year, he showed his nine collections with discarded materials in an installation called Reconstruction - 'Rancho Palido': the first word in reference to an incident in which 200 of his pieces were torn apart by two other artists, and the second as a tribute to his grandfather, who introduced him into recycling and DIY and whose workshop was called like that.
The show won a prize at the Design Salon Award in Rosario, one of the most important cultural cities in Argentina, and will also be exhibited in Curitiba, Brazil.
The Branch collection: set of plates discarded for imperfections hand-painted.
Detail of one of the plates.
His nine collections are:
Lifeguards: utilitarian pieces for the home, office and dinnerware with deformed pieces of the factory.
Wave: a set of dinnerware hand-painted with unique lines that create a feeling of movement related to water.
Lucid: reinterpretation of a vintage collection of the factory with interventions in the surface.
Gauchos: toys and ludic pieces made with scraps and discarded products from the factory.
Branch: once again, a tribute to the work of his grandfather, in a set of dinnerware discarded for imperfections and stains.
Segments: multiple-use pieces from scraps of the porcelain factory, hand painted.
Chinese: another ludic line from imperfect products from the factory.
Floricultor: dinnerware discarded for imperfections rescued and hand painted.
Herb: more dinnerware from deformed products discarded in the production stage.
One piece of the Segments collection.
More from the same line.
According to the artist, his whole production, whether artistic or utilitarian, generates minimal waste, which is 100% recycled again afterwards.
His pieces can be ordered through direct contact with the artist.
More Recycled Dinnerware:
Recycled Ceramics and Dishware from Sarah Cihat
Recycled Dishes and Cups at the London Design Festival
Recycling Old Tea Cups Into Light Fixtures