Rashid the Recycler

An interesting project was showcased within the recently concluded Milan Fashion Week, that is, an exhibit entitled “Tra la bricole di Venezia”, initiated by the Italian furniture manufacturer Riva 1920. The main and praiseworthy goal of this exhibition was respecting and supporting ecological features of modern production as well as using and converting raw materials, in this case an exceptionally interesting component. ”The briccole” are chestnut oak posts from the waters of picturesque Venice, which have until recently served as docking berths for the famous Venetian gondolas. The wooden elements were taken from the rough waters of this Italian city, partly obsolete due to corrosion of materials caused by the constant ebb and flow, and offered as main construction elements to world-famous designers and artists, whose mission was to reinterpret them into small works of art.

Twenty-two Italian and world artists were invited to share their ideas on how to redesign woodwork into original furniture; Mario Botta, Missoni, David Chipperfield, Luisa Castigloni, Matteo Thun, and the inevitable Karim Rashid, to name but a few. The product of the latter is an interesting wooden structure, a combination of both a chair and a table, which bears the somewhat recognisable shape of Rashid’s touch, but in the monochromatic wooden edition exudes simplicity and coloristic minimalism, as opposed to traditional products derived from Karim Rashid’s “factory”, almost always recognisable by glaring and varied colors.

*Karim Rashid

*Matteo Thun