Italian designer Paola Santilli’s studio Piloh has created a collection of lamps with felt lampshades.
The Piloh project was born to prevent old objects from reaching their cruel destiny: chipped coffee cups, rusty spoons forgotten over time in a box at the bottom of the basement awaiting a fate worse than death, old water tubes abandoned at the bottom of the garden, tattered lampshade material, are all recovered, “revived”, and coupled with new materials to create lamps, chairs, vases and unusable utensils.
Piloh rejects abundance and excess and uses the conflict as a recurring theme. The new opposes the old, the cold rejects the warm. The materials are opposites and live in one object, such as in lamps where felt is used with iron and cement; or in unusable utensils where the wool, like a parasite, slowly appropriates the cold surface of the object.
A creative process that foresees a dialogue between different generations of objects for the creation of one, unique piece. I vividly remember that day, when my mother asked me, with reference to my habit of collecting old items: “things don’t have an eternal life; sooner or later you’ll have to throw away the object you’re holding.”
Why continue producing when we’ve got endless existing items at our disposal?
Piloh is an eco-art design project but, above all, it’s the words and the actions built up around the old object that gives it a new lease of life. That’s when the meaning of an object that, in its day had a significance and a defined purpose, is now driven down a route where new production is rejected thus reducing the clutter around us.
Visit the Piloh website – here.