How do you envision your design practice in a world of limited resources?

I started to create installations and limited editions of objects by upcycling material because I can find great material for a cheap price, so it was a two-way win as it’s good for the wallet and good for the planet. In terms of creative process, it’s a great opportunity too, I like to work with what I find without too much choice. It helps me be more clear and focused. You just work with what you have and try to make the most out of it. It’s a great stimulus.

Coco Brun, founder of Forget me not design studio, during her residency in Parco dei Sesi in Pantelleria.

How do you select the materials for your creations?

It depends on the project but the environmental concern approach is more and more present in my work. As I work in small series, I adopt an upcycling approach for my creations: I often select offcuts from luxury brand productions. I am not looking for perfection, I like to introduce the element of surprise that working with an unexpected material produces.

Doppio, a series of covers for vases, made of recycled leather, to place on a glass or a simple water bottle.

You use motifs coming from different traditions. Can you tell us about the role they play in your work?

I have done a lot of artist residencies in recent years and everything about it is inspiring: the places, the smells, the colors, the materials... During my residency in Mexico, I worked on a tapestry project that will be released at the end of the year and met several textile craftsmen. I discovered the methods of natural dyeing and weaving, the latter consisting of mixing locally available wool and cotton threads to create a mottled effect.

Installation by Coco Brun in Parco dei Sesi in Pantelleria.

Forget me not reference 1: Mexico architecture.

Tijuana Cultural Center.

Forget me not reference 2: Josef Albers.

Josef Albers, Round, Woodcut on wove paper, 1933. Credit the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation.
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In conversation with: Forget me not