Pieces of Venice: Italian Social Design
Born out of love for the city of Venice as a circular economy project, Pieces of Venice is the brainchild of Luciano and Karin Marson. The couple's commitment to sustainability through the “Save Venice one piece at a time” program was rewarded with the prestigious Compasso d’Oro Award for Social Design.
Based on the concept of circular economy, with a short supply chain, their production starts from the city of Venice, from the reclamation and recycling of discarded materials. Each of these pieces is given new life, turning them into unique souvenirs or useful objects. All the designed items are dedicated to Venice, starting with their names inspired by local cultural institutions: each “piece of Venice” contributes to draw a map that leads the tourist to discover the city’s hidden treasures.
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In the midst of the abuse and banality of contemporary souvenirs, this is a designed base around material and cultural reclamation which conveys identity, history, irony and authenticity.