Europe’s largest market, Porta Palazzo, spans an expansive 51,300 m², presenting a myriad of goods ranging from food to attire and household essentials. This vibrant marketplace not only serves as a commercial hub but also as a vital source of income for thousands. However, post 2 pm, as the vendors wind down, there’s a significant accumulation of unsold items and waste. The lack of differentiation in this waste renders it unrecyclable. Living and working in close proximity to the market, Riccardo Cenedella felt an intrinsic bond with it, and its discarded remnants soon became a fountain of inspiration for him.
For this particular endeavor, Riccardo decided to spotlight the potential of cardboard and paper waste. He innovated a technique where the cardboard is soaked in water and amalgamated with gypsum and PVA glue, resulting in a versatile material. Hand-dyed for an enhanced aesthetic, this concoction is then meticulously applied to a foundation made of wood and metal mesh. Upon drying, the creation is sanded to perfection and sealed with a wax finish. The culmination of this process is a stunning sculptural artifact, exuding a rich, stone-like texture.
The object can be customized both in colour and shape. Also, contact me if you wish to create some bespoke piece of furniture