Recycled, Native, Socially Aware Eco Design from Argentina at Sustentable Festival [PHOTOS]

Benches and trainers at Sustentable Festival in Buenos Aires

Photos: Paula Alvarado

Argentine sustainable design was on the spotlight last week, when the second edition of Sustentable Festival took place in Buenos Aires featuring more than 100 products in an exhibition. Some of them familiar, some newish, we pick some of the objects and designs that called our attention in these 13 photos. Take a look inside the post.

The picture that opens the post features a little bench from reclaimed wood, covered with a pillow made with natural cotton died with water based inks. It's a design by Laboratori+Kom.

Also in the photo, a pair of trainers from recovered tires by Mariano Dabul.

Lamp from dead leaves at Sustentable Festival in Buenos Aires

The lamp above is made by Designo Patagonia (run by Manuel Rapoport) from the dry leaves of a flower called Lunaria annua. These are collected in Autumn, when the flower naturally dries, and therefore there are very few, limited editions of the lamp every year.

Recycled wood chair at Sustentable Festival in Buenos Aires

Made with recycled wood from pallets, the chair above is built by unemployed people from shanty towns in Buenos Aires. The project is called Amistad o Nada and run by Miau Miau studio.

Jewelry from dry seeds at Sustentable Festival in Buenos Aires

These necklaces from the brand Humito are made with dry seeds and fruits collected from the ground at Misiones province, in the north of Argentina.

Recycled wood table and wool felt cushions at Sustentable Festival in Buenos Aires

The night table above is made from a recycled desk cabin and wood, and also features an incorporated light. It's made by Proyecto Re.

Next to the table, the cushions -by our previously featured Planar- are made with wool felt and printed with water based inks. They come empty so that you can stuff them with old fabrics you may have around at home.

Necklace and Furoshiki at Sustentable Festival in Buenos Aires

Necklace made with milk plastic cartons by Sandra Tamborini. Next to it, a Furoshiki in natural cotton printed with water based inks by Ana Lisa+Kom.

Cardboard chair at Sustentable Festival in Buenos Aires

From our previously featured Diseno Cartonero, a new really cool chair from recycled cardboard, exhibited here with the classic bench by the firm.

Wood puzzle at Sustentable Festival in Buenos Aires

Also by Designo Patagonia, this puzzle is made with wood from a naturally fallen tree. The idea is that through the visible rings of the wood you can tell how old the tree was.

Natural wool weavings and wool felt slippers at Sustentable Festival '09

Above, some 'vases' made with knitted natural wool by previously featured at TH Gabriela Horvat; and next to them, a pair of slippers from wool felt also by Planar.

Recycled tire bench at Sustentable Festival '09

The little bench above is made with leftovers from tires by Uau studio.

Recycled tires swing at Sustentable Festival '09

Also from recycled tires, this swing with a sea-horse shape is made by a project called Potencialidades, which seeks to keep kids out of the streets in poor neighborhoods of Buenos Aires.

Bicycle for handicapped people at Sustentable Festival '09

Last but not least, a bicycle for handicapped people made by the firm Rodamax.

Apart from the exhibition, the festival also had presentations, conferences and workshops. It was organized by DiseƱo Sustentable.

More on the festival:
More Argentine Eco Design:
Shipping Container Home Prototype in Buenos Aires
Simple and funky cardboard bench by Proyecto Cartoon
Really Cool Chair from Reclaimed Window Blinds + Table and Benches from Recovered Materials

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