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Marco Campardo designed George collection with reclaimed Alpi Wood and Seeds London Gallery work in progress
George collection, work in progress,
reclaimed Alpi Wood (12 essences), 2020
Marco Campardo designed George collection with reclaimed Alpi Wood and Seeds London Gallery
George (side table/stool), 320 x 320 x 500 mm,
reclaimed Alpi Wood (12 essences), 2020
George is a collection of furniture developed with Alpi Wood and master craftsman, Ivano Campardo
Marco Campardo designed George collection with reclaimed Alpi Wood and Seeds London Gallery
George (dining table), 2000 x 2000 x 750 mm, reclaimed Alpi Wood (7 essences), 2020
Marco Campardo designed George collection with reclaimed Alpi Wood and Seeds London Gallery work in progress
George collection,
work in progress,
reclaimed Alpi Wood
(12 essences), 2020
The wood is created using discarded materials from Alpi's veneer production
Marco Campardo designed George collection with reclaimed Alpi Wood and Seeds London Gallery work in progress
George collection, work in progress,
reclaimed Alpi Wood (12 essences), 2020
Marco Campardo designed George collection with reclaimed Alpi Wood and Seeds London Gallery
George (side table), 400 x 400 x 480 mm,
reclaimed Alpi Wood (12 essences), 2020
The process starts by selecting different essences from their warehouse in Emilia Romagna
Marco Campardo George collection with Alpi Wood and Seeds London Gallery work in progress
George collection,
work in progress,
reclaimed Alpi Wood
(12 essences), 2020
Marco Campardo designed George collection with reclaimed Alpi Wood and Seeds London Gallery
George (coffee table), 1100 x 1100 x 300 mm, reclaimed Alpi Wood (12 essences), 2020
Different layers of Alpi material are then glued together and pressed to form a single, thick piece of wood
Marco Campardo designed George collection with reclaimed Alpi Wood and Seeds London Gallery
George (side table/stool), 320 x 320 x 500 mm,
reclaimed Alpi Wood (12 essences), 2020
Marco Campardo designed George collection with reclaimed Alpi Wood and Seeds London Gallery work in progress
George collection, work in progress,
reclaimed Alpi Wood (12 essences), 2020
Each composition of wood is unique, made up of layered sheets in different colours and textures
Marco Campardo designed George collection with reclaimed Alpi Wood and Seeds London Gallery
George (side table), 400 x 400 x 480 mm,
reclaimed Alpi Wood (12 essences), 2020
Marco Campardo George Collection with Alpi Wood and Seeds London Gallery
George (side table, detail),
400 x 400 x 480 mm,
reclaimed Alpi Wood
(12 essences), 2020
This artificial wood is then used to create objects where the edges are carefully chiselled by hand
Marco Campardo designed George collection with reclaimed Alpi Wood and Seeds London Gallery
George (coffee table), 750 x 750 x 300 mm, reclaimed Alpi Wood (12 essences), 2020
This meticulous finish heightens the tension between the natural and the artificial
Marco Campardo designed George collection with reclaimed Alpi Wood and Seeds London Gallery work in progress
George collection, work in progress,
reclaimed Alpi Wood (12 essences),
2020
Marco Campardo designed George Collection with reclaimed Alpi Wood and Seeds London Gallery
George (dining table, detail), 2500 x 1000 x 750 mm,
reclaimed Alpi Wood (7 essences), 2019
George collection includes a range of furniture: stools, coffee tables and dining tables
Marco Campardo designed George collection with reclaimed Alpi Wood and Seeds London Gallery
George (dining table), 2500 x 1000 x 750 mm, reclaimed Alpi Wood (7 essences), 2019
George is a celebration of meticulous craftsmanship and the value of materials
Marco Campardo designed George collection with reclaimed Alpi Wood and Seeds London Gallery
George (dining table), 1400 x 1400 x 750 mm, reclaimed Alpi Wood (14 essences), 2020
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George collection
2019–ongoing

Reclaimed Alpi Wood, various dimensions
Available exclusively at SEEDS Gallery

What is the role of waste material in contemporary design production? How can designers rethink the value of objects, materials and processes considered as waste? George is a collection of furniture made from reclaimed sheets of Alpi wood, using pieces discarded through industrial production to create new hand-crafted objects. The discarded scraps – sheets made from different colours and finishes – have been glued together to form a thick block of wood. In this way, sheets that are usually used as surface veneer, become a structural element, inverting the relationship between form and function, decoration and construction.
TTreating this processed material as a block of timber,  the edges of the table were chiselled, as a tongue-in-cheek homage to the great master George Nakashima. These chiselled blocks form an appealing series of stools, coffee tables and dining tables, offering a new aesthetic alternative to solid wood furniture. Inverting the relationship between the natural and the artificial, waste and resource, this project subtly questions the way we value materiality in the digital age.

Available for custom-made commissions.

©2020
Marco Campardo Studio
©2020
Marco Campardo Studio
 
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Shaping materials .into domestic objects

Marco Campardo is a London-based designer focusing on production, research and teaching. He has a particular interest in making and material experimentation as a form of critical practice, using it to explore wider narratives about culture, materiality, identity and authenticity.
MMMarco’s work starts with hands-on experimentation and research to question the nature of contemporary models of production. With a keen interest in materiality, his research seeks to subvert or adapt industrial manufacturing processes to propose an alternative to standardised, mass production. The final result of this process are aesthetically and conceptually refined objects, whose final form is determined by the very process of making. Playing with high-end and lo-fi methods and materials, Marco’s projects can be seen as a commentary on the value of making and craftsmanship. Prior to starting his own practice in 2020, Marco’s approach to design was shaped through a decade-long work with M–L–XL and Tankboys, two multidisciplinary studios he co-founded in Venice, Italy.

Marco works with private and public clients, designing objects, exhibition design and site-specific installations. Among public commissions are Macro Museum in Rome, Tate Modern and various national pavilions at Venice Art and Architecture Biennale. His objects are also part of a number of private collections in Europe, and his work has been exhibited at the London Design Festival, Milan Design Week, London Design Biennale and Milan Triennial.

Keen on using exhibitions as a form of research, Marco co-curated exhibitions such as Masters of Disguise for Seeds London, 2019 and The Breakfast Pavilion during the Venice Art Biennale, 2018.
HHis projects have been documented across different design publications, including Wallpaper MagazineArchitectural DigestDomus magazineNew York TimesSight Unseen and the Financial Times. His project Elle received the Wallpaper* Design Award 2020 for Best Paint Job.

Marco Campardo Studio
18 Gervase Street
London SE152RS
United Kingdom

For studio enquiries, commissions or internships please write to studio@marcocampardo.com

For press enquiries: romain@mayconcepts.com
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Team: Marco Campardo with Rebecca Liu
Web developer: Andrea Serrani
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©2020
Marco Campardo Studio