E-Side, the UK's definitive online destination retailer for innovative, modern and sustainably designed furniture for the luxury and commercial space, recently collaborated with Italian architect Giorgio Caporaso. Together they presented the Lessmore range at London's designjunction, a collection of sinuous iconic modular pieces that showcase contemporary luxury sustainable design at its best.
The collection is identifiably Caporaso's signature work and demonstrates his love affair with marrying honeycombed cardboard with natural materials like wood, stone and lichens. The combination of materials creates a curious exploration of visual and tactile textures.
The designs blend natural materials in aesthetic harmony, with a simple structural makeup that allows elements to be easily and deliberately deconstructed and removed - whether for repairing, recycling or to change the ‘skin' of the furniture to follow mood or the latest design trend.
Iconic pieces from the collection include the X2 chaise longue chair. Crafted entirely from 100% cardboard and FSC wood, the design is defined by a continuum of smooth clean lines. With removable external side panels, the chaise longue has interchangeable finishes of teak, oak so its overall look can be changed to various visually striking effects. It also uses just half the material required to make a similar chair from other less sustainable sources. With an uncompromisingly strong structure, the piece can equally be flipped over and used as a high-backed chair, and its large inbuilt holes can be used for storage if desired.
Clean lines and tactile surfaces come to play again with Caporaso's More Bench. Honeycombed, corrugated cardboard contrasts with hard, sleek, polished wood culminating in a deeply modern yet elegant finish, while the More Plus Desk follows the same aesthetic - cardboard flanked by smooth panelling - but is finished off with a clear glass top surface, making this a simple, modern, practical piece for the creative workspace.
Alessia Civettini, founder and design hunter of luxury eco and sustainable furnishings retailer E-Side comments: "Cardboard in fact is becoming the new cashmere. As well as its very unusual and unique aesthetic, such sustainably made and ‘low toxic' eco designs are becoming the choice of a lot of forward-thinking companies and brands who want eye-catching, standout pieces that have the look, the green credentials and the versatility."