Agostino Allegris is the owner and founder of Origami Furniture, a unique brand creating sustainable furniture, from Bergamo, Italy. Agostino takes pride in the fact that he manufactures honeycomb cardboard furniture that is made entirely from recycled materials and is itself recyclable. He is passionate about design and is extremely sensitive to environmental issues, such as sustainability. Agostino also formerly worked within the digital printing and display advertising industry before establishing his own firm. So we are proud to bring you the Designer Insights of Agostino Allegris.
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1) In your own words describe your unique style and creative aesthetic?
Our brand aims to produce long lasting furnishing items of high quality using a sustainable material, such as recycled honeycomb cardboard. We’re not disguising its real nature, on the opposite: we strive to underline its features.
2) When starting a new project, what is your creative process?
I usually rely on young designers to conceive new projects. We share ideas and test together their technical feasibility as well as their aesthetic value. When a project meets both of them, then we convert it into reality.
3) Out of the creative people you have worked with, who is it that you respect and admire the most?
Among the designers with whom I’ve been working to create innovative and environmentally sustainable furniture items I had particular empathy with the Italian architect Giancarlo Zema. We shared the same excited zest for the new project from the very beginning.
4) When looking for inspiration is there a particular thing you do to get inspired?
Sometimes at work I’m really under pressure and I need to relax. So I take a long ride on my bicycle, and it usually works: I let my thoughts flow freely and I can see everything more clearly.
5) What has brought you to this point in your career? And what is your advice for people looking to follow in your footsteps?
Environmental issues are a major challenge for the new generations: problems are not easily solved, but all we can (and must) contribute. I felt it was right to accept the challenge and work hard in this direction. We can not expect things to change if we are not the first ones to change, trying to give the best of ourselves.