FOIL

DesignerTiziana Lorenzelli
Prize3rd Place in Sustainable Living/environmental Preservation / Residential Sustainable Design
Entry Description

FOIL is a multiuse object conceived as a versatile and innovative vase for flowers and Ikebana. It exploits technology to the essential and shows how low cost mass production could pursue conceptual and social value. FOIL is constituted by a bi-dimensional geometric shape given by the designer, who becomes a volume through the intervention of the user. The plan is not absolute or definitive but it takes structure thanks to the aesthetic perception of the customer, assuming his identity and personality. The long search and the design development have brought to this extremely malleable material that maintains the shape desired once filled up with water or other. The sheet is composed by different layers of aluminum, a polyethylene foil and external varnishing and it is made by a complex engineering process that only a few international companies are in a position to realize. Delicate thin aluminum mirrored and decorated sheets, are coupled and glued with sophisticated technologies that don’t damage the different side patterns and successively a superficial paint is applied to protect it for longtime. The user creates the container to hold flowers and other, in Zen terms we plan the empty. This material is not only recyclable but also re-usable, because can be re-invented many time.

About Designer

Tiziana Lorenzelli was born in Lecco, Italy, in 1961, where she actually works and lives. Registered architect trained at Milan’s Polytechnic, she graduated magna cum laude at Milan Polytechnic in 1984, where she started teaching assistance to Prof. Marco Zanuso. Architect and designer, has been professor of Industrial Design at the Milan Polytechnic since 1997.She has taught Industrial Design at U.C.L.A. , University of Cincinnati and at the Art Center College of Design of Pasadena and Europe, lecturing at Sci Arc Switzerland and Technion in Haifa. A freelance journalist, she is the author of essays on design and architecture for magazines like Abitare, Domus, Interni and Ottagono. Author of book on architecture and design, she makes research and books about naval construction for Costa Crociere. Since many years she works as industrial designer, and some of her products are patented. Her projects have been winner and mentioned in different competitions: among them she won the first prize Green Living 2010 by Whirpool and Elmar and the first prize of MYDA 2009 by Seatec.