demode is a forward thinking Italian designer of kitchens. This year in Milan, they launched Meccanica, a system that, aside from being very
good-looking, is also eco-conscious thanks to its "dematerialization" (a concept of design that reduces the amount of material used).
Totally modular, it is made from iron tubes that can be assembled and reassembled by the consumer - in fact, to encourage the DIY process, two prices points are set, one including assembly, one without. No glues are used and side panels are not necessary to support the structure, reducing both the amount of materials used and the complexity of construction. It consists mainly of the metal skeleton, strong but thin glass shelves and big drawers or doors for sections requiring hidden storage. The key visual elements of the very elegant, minimal design is lightness, slimness and an embrace of open space.
Optional doors are available in metal, several finishes of Pine, and, most interestingly, a high tech elastic fabric that is removable, washable and stain resistant (thus making it well suited to kitchens). The compatible countertop is made from recycled used paper and a natural resin that is the byproduct of sugar cane production.
The system, designed by Gabriele Centazzo and engineered by Valcucine, is flexible over time, too. The concept is that the consumer can adjust it as needs change by resassembling in a different configuration or by adding new pieces to create more (hidden or not) storage as needed. It is absolutely created to be reused (and we can definitely see this system being used in many non-kitchen spaces as well), but if for some reason one is seeking recycling, demode guarantees that they will take it back, thus closing the loop.
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