Bulky trash, waste, cheap materials: pure gold! At least in the eyes of many active designers. Pure Gold – Upcycled! Upgraded! explores the subject of rubbish.
But we are not offering ways of reducing the amount of waste or issuing warnings to producers and consumers about recycling it. Instead we want to present approaches to using the rubbish, with the aim of creating valuable products.
The materials used in the presented examples are nearly all easily available anywhere and more or less “free” – and yet they are often seen as “trash” with little value. The same is true for the techniques used to rework them, the artisanal knowhow that in many cases is based on traditional methods and bears the stain of the backward. The aim of our exhibition is to disarm all the bad names that reuse has, and to achieve a new notion of raw materials and thus also a new appreciation of these products.
We place this issue within a framework defined by ethical behaviours, responsibility, internationalization and joint creation, and we take the discussion to questions of added value and appreciation in different contexts. Here, Europe is not the focus from where the periphery is defined. Instead, this exhibition identifies various centres and points of common interest.
WAVE GOODBYE LONDON!
Explore Pure Gold in the
This ifa exhibition is thematically embedded within this year’s London Design Biennale focus on Emotional States.
THANK YOU, BANGKOK!
Explore exhibition and workshop
in the TCDC!
The exhibition took place from 17. May to 22. July 2018 in the Thailand Creative and Design Center TCDC. Thanks again to everyone involved for the fantastic support and this great start of the world tour in Southeast Asia!
WAVE GOODBYE HAMBURG!
See what happened
in the MKG!!
The exhibition at the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, the Museum of Arts and Crafts in Hamburg, Germany (September 2017 - January 2018) was the kick off of the touring exhibition. Here the 76 selected design objects have been presented in this compilation to the public for the first time.
What materials are the objects made of? And what techniques did the designers invent or use to create them? You can find a selection of exhibits explained by the designers themselves here. Visit the exhibition to see all of them!