Fucina Frammenti is a collective formed by Clara Accebbi, Elia Venturini and Alessandro Zannoni, three designers who graduated from the Iuav University of Venice. FF aims to search for applications in noble waste resulting from industrial production and handcrafted processes. The research starts from the production context in Northeast Italy, to seize the opportunity of direct contact with local laboratories and companies.
For Fucina Frammenti, “noble” waste means a finished or semi-finished product, which may be part of an object made by a company or which is part of its production cycle. The identification of the possible presence of the “noble” waste can be done by studying and thoroughly understanding each production process.
Once identified, waste can be part of a design process to become a new product (from unique pieces to installations or series) – taking in consideration the uniqueness of the source material or its production cycle. Fucina Frammenti considers, in agreement with the company, a possible intervention on the ways in which the waste is produced, in order to facilitate its use in the subsequent phases. By adopting this method and thus concluding the production cycle of the object, reducing waste, the company approaches “no-waste” realities, managing to communicate its ethical path to the public. Below you can find a selection of Fucina Frammenti’s projects that describe their method.
Galotte is a collection of four lamps, created using the waste of glass blowing, the galotta. Each model has its own context of use and a different material to support the glass (another waste from other artisanal production processes). The four models always maintain a unique language dictated by the same galotta glass. The project is part of the ADI Design Index 2020 selection. “For us, this result represents the value of reducing waste in the glass production cycle” says the team.
Idra FF is a collection of incense and candle holders completed with a travertine, wood or ceramic base. The great variety of colors and textures of Idra NasonMoretti’s glasses, in addition to their constant production, has allowed FF to structure their approach to “noble waste” with a view to seriality and reproducibility.
For 1.87, Fucina collaborates with Small Caps and FallaniVenezia for the recovery of high quality prints and papers damaged by the high tide of November 2019. The recovered prints take on new life as covers, sewn together with Favini recycled papers, creating unique and unrepeatable sketchbooks.
Last but not least, Testane, in collaboration with Pontoglio 1883. FF uses the testana – a particular scrap of the textile production process – to create a series of products that focus on the uniqueness of this waste. At the moment, the team is prototyping more complex models, which can return a homogeneous product, balanced with respect to the visual and constructive charcteristics of the material.
Fucina Frammenti shows us how it’s possible to “specialize in waste recovery”, from glass, of which Venice is very rich, to fabric, up to prints and papers. A clever approach that challenges the normal conventions of the project, and also gives us a hope, to improve our production processes and make them more sustainable. To find out more, visit Fucina Frammenti and follow them on Instagram!
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Cover Galotte, ph. credit Francesco Marongiu