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02 August 2017

Polystyrene boxes? In Madrid they become plant vases

"Paraphrase", il progetto dell'Oficina Jorge Penadés, cita Max Lamb e investiga il rapporto tra letteratura e design


Is it possible to "Paraphrase" a designer? What's the relationship between literature and design? This is the question Madrid-based Oficina Jorge Penadés tried to answer. The studio recycled polystyrene boxes from everyday home electrical appliances  (TVs, laptops, microwaves, dishwashers and many others) and gave them a new life. In this case, as plant bases and vases. Why is this a paraphrase? Because in 2006, British designer Max Lamb already thought of reusing polystyrene, although he used it new and not recycled. According to Plagiarism.com, "to paraphrase means to include in your own work ideas or information from an original source, reformulating those ideas and information using your own words. The key to a good paraphrase is in using the lowest possible number of words from the original text - without changing the initial meaning - and in citing your own paraphrase. Without a proper citation, your paraphrase can be classified as plagiarism". 


Well, Jorge Penadés' project clearly has a sincere intention to investigate the relationship between literature and design (he believes to be a dissident designer and calls himself a dissi-gner). The project can also be interpreted as a small disclaimer addressed at an audience with a long memory, who could potentially see Lamb's idea in this new project. Anyways, the question about literature and design (nowadays profit-making but style-lacking literature) is everything but idle. It recalls certain excerpts from "Artist and Designer", book by Bruno Munari, idea to read in a quiet garden, perhaps enjoying your plants growing in expanded polystyrene vases.


by Roberto Fiandaca / 2 August 2017


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