Design, Citterio: “Thinking about material recycling means thinking about the end of product life”

For the architect and designer: “This is one of the great themes in the world of manufacturing, fashion and design”

“The collaboration with illycaffè and Kartell starts from the concept of sustainability. From this point of view, we have been addressing the issue of recycling materials for years, a reasoning that must necessarily start from thinking about the end of life of the product. This is one of the great themes in the world of manufacturing, fashion and design”. Thus, Antonio Citterio, architect and designer, on the sidelines of the inauguration day of the installation created inside the illy flagship store in via Montenapoleone and organized on the occasion of Milan Design Week 2023.

From 17 to 23 April, the store layout welcomes the fruit of the collaboration between illycaffè and Kartell: the Re-Chair seating collection, created by recycling illy capsules by architect and designer Antonio Citterio, and the new ‘Eleganza’ chairs designed this time by Philippe Starck.

“Recycling materials means defining an aesthetic perception that is probably different from the one we had previously – continued CItterio – as recycled products are made of plastic which, in order to be recyclable, must necessarily consist of a single component. A polyamide, in fact, cannot be recycled with a polypropylene, for this reason it is not possible to think of materials with two-components”.

Underlining the importance of the composition of recycled products, the architect Citterio then focused on the structure of the new Eleganza chair: “This chair has different structural sections compared to a chair made with a two-component. We can therefore think with a good dose of certainty that to balance technique with design, recyclability and design, there will also be changes in the aesthetics of the product”.