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Unexpected Green, Repurposed Industrial and More from Buenos Aires’ Top Interior Design Show

An 1883 factory in the south area of the city is the scenario for this year’s edition, from which we bring some interesting ideas.

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Casa FOA

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The largest and most prestigious interior design event from Argentina, Casa FOA, is an unintended sustainable enterprise that combines charity and patrimony conservation: it was created in 1985 to raise funds for an Ophthalmological Foundation, and since then it functions bringing attention to unusual and decaying buildings in Buenos Aires, inviting architects and designers to revive them with the creation of conceptual spaces inside.

In its 29 years, it has become the spot to check out ideas from local creators, and it has incorporated green trends too, covering tiny apartments, eco-homes and shipping container spaces. An 1883 factory in the south area of the city is the scenario for this year’s edition, from which we bring some interesting ideas.

 Industrial I

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At one of the exhibition’s walls, recovered industrial parts were used as composition shapes for an installation slash 3D wallpaper.

Industrial II

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Costado, an interior design store, also went with this concept and created an ‘industrial installation’ using local and unconventional materials, iron and wooden pieces coming from the rail’s old days among them.

Coal as Design

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Even though coal is an environmental bad word, the use of the material as a decorative element in the exhibition’s restaurant is a lesson on how something cheap and ubiquitous can be transformed with a fresh vision. Designed by architect Julio Oropel.

Belts and Nets

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A living room designed by PLAN studio shows an interesting use of fishing nets and discarded belts covering the metal skeletons of lamps and chairs.

Modular Lenga

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Yes, Oui Si studio designed a beautiful playroom which incorporates a modular system created with sustainably sourced Lenga wood. It is based on a 60×60 centimeters (23×23 inches) panel to which different pieces of furniture (drawers, shelves, hangers) can be attached.

Paper Curtains

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At the same space, Yes Oui Si showed a softly lit set of paper curtains.

Pasturelands Rug

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A home office by Nidolab featured a lovely rug evoking disappearing Argentine pasturelands designed by Alexandra Kehayoglou with discarded materials.

Crayon Creativity

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Didactic-toys brand Chicos Perinola had a cute shop in which their products’ elements were used for the setting. Crayons from their drawing bags formed patterns and wall decorations.

Unexpected Green

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Indoor plants were placed in odd places: PLAN’s room presented a sort of trench with bags containing herbs, and a home playroom created by Luna/Medina incorporated a green wall in the bathroom.

Re-purposed Bags

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Lastly, design brand Carro presented new creations from their insanely cute line of bags made with alternative materials. These were confectioned with vintage fabrics recovered from a closing factory.

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