• Prize
    Honorable Mention in Furniture Design
  • Company/Firm
    SPADE Studio
  • Designer
    Marco Hemmerling
  • Other Credit
    Tizian Rein (3D-Print)
  • Photo Credit
    Tizian Rein
  • Location
    Milan, Italy
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Tappodario is a 3D printed light object that turns old plastic bottles into customizable designer lamps. The project combines the re-use of old objects with the creation of something new. The 3D-printing process and the assembly of the light object are an essential part of the “user journey”. This involvement of the user in the creation process of the Tappodario generates a strong identity with the product, which contributes to a hopefully long relationship between user and product. In addition, each Tappodario reduces plastic waste on our planet before it enters the waste management, by motivating people to collect bottles and screw caps directly after use in order to upcycle them. The open source project enables everybody to contribute to the reduction of plastic waste while at the same time creating an individual product for their own. As such the motivation to participate in the reuse and upcycling of used plastic bottles is accompanied by a personal creative process. Revaluing a used product by placing it in a different context could encourage people to think of similar solutions and motivate them to change their position from a passive consumer to a responsible prosumer.