Great lakes district .IT 2017.2018 | Curated by Superuse on site | Photos 5500px available

An Italian villa is used as a teaching ground by Superuse on site to spread circular design tools, methods and thinking to Italian designers, architects, 

contractors and industry.


Thanks to the extension of Harvest Map in Italy over the previous year, the project culminated in waste materials from industries around Milan being up-cycled to design furniture for the 450m2 interior fit-out, which was designed and built on site in four weeks in ‘Furniture Jam Sessions’ with 14 international designers and builders.

The ‘Villa Maggiore’ project led by Superuse on site also used waste materials in the building renovation, minimal remodelling, and passive and zero energy systems to transform the disused villa into zero energy, circular holiday home to showcase circular design in Italy. 

As for music jam sessions, though materials and conditions were supplied there was no pre-defined plan or design. 




Featuring  design by: Superuse on site  |  Refunc  |  Superuse Lab  |  Co2R0  |  Studio Cifra | Mima Works

The project was extensively documented both with photography and film, here is a 4 minutes documentary created as a project report.

Below image slider: documentation from the material harvest around the villa.



Thanks to the rich industrial ecosystem of the region, 130 waste materials with potential for use in design and architecture were found over the following year in the region around Milan and were posted on ‘Harvest Map’, a web platform developed by Superuse to connect suppliers and users of waste. As a result of this project, the Italian version of Harvest Map was developed led by Elisa Saturno.


From behind the computer, the research brought to various contacts and led to several visits to verify the potential of the found materials. Harvest Map Italy was launched in March 2018 at ‘Fa’ la cosa giusta’ fair in Milan. Twentytwo of the waste materials found were used in ‘Villa Maggiore’.

According to the project's requirements and the client's preference, 22 of the 130 found materials were selected to be implemented in the Furniture Jam Session.


Next to resources given by the industry, the area resulted also to be rich in leftovers from commercial fair stands, which provided high-quality material for the fit-out of the interiors.


The selected materials include: waste metal frames, foam board sandwich panels, dead stock laminate, wooden roller blinds, silk,, wooden roller blinds, louvre doors, neoprene, engraved perspex, Black and White display boxes, MDF board, sheets of laser-cut metal waste, foam board sandwich panels, fire extinguishers and their hoses and nozzles, fire extinguisher trolleys, foam sheets, first split neoprene, metal post hoses and holders, lighting signs with cities names.


Some objects were chosen for their unicity, like the horse-riding jump pole for the SAO PAOLO FAVELLLA's room and the squared white marble piece which defined the design of the dining room table, realised by Studio Cifra with Larch wood from discarded school fence.

Image: Cèsare Peeren and Elisa Saturno sorting out the harvested hydrant hoses.

Below image slider: documentation from the material harvest around the villa.