Cardboard Lamps Made in Tuscan Paper Mills March 01 2016

TRADITION OF MANUFACTURING

Eetico interior design | Recycled and sustainable cardboard lamps made in an ancient papermill in Colle Val D'Elsa, Tuscany, ItalyEetico interior design | Recycled and sustainable cardboard lamps made in an ancient papermill in Colle Val D'Elsa, Tuscany, Italy

Pictures of the interior of one of the historic mills of Colle Val d’Elsa. Paper production in Colle dates from the fourteenth century. Photos by Roberto Viciani.

The first project we present was born from the collaboration with the company “Packaging il Casone”, which produces packaging boxes since 1947 and it is the oldest manufacturer of the province of Siena. The design capacity meets the know-how and craftsmanship of the Val d’Elsa, where the ancient tradition of paper processing is dated back to the early 1300s.

HISTORY AND CULTURE

The paper industry in Colle Val d’Elsa has been very important for many centuries from both an economic and cultural point of view. Books of all kinds were printed since 1400, also on behalf of major universities, such as University of Pisa and University of Florence. Towards the end of 1700, there were up to 23 paper mills and for the following centuries some of them have had a monopoly in the production of stamped paper. Nowadays, paper production has been replaced by other industries, loosing the primacy of the past. With the recycled cardboard projects presented, we want to help keep alive this heritage telling a story about the tradition and the culture of our territory.

TERRITORIAL RESOURCES

Eetico interior design | Recycled and sustainable cardboard lamps made in an ancient papermill in Colle Val D'Elsa, Tuscany, ItalyEetico interior design | Recycled and sustainable cardboard lamps made in an ancient papermill in Colle Val D'Elsa, Tuscany, Italy

Pictures of the river Elsa and of the "Gore", the man-made canals where many industries were born along including various paper mills.

The development and flourishing of paper processing factories in the territory of Colle Val d’Elsa is closely related to local natural resources since ancient times. The creation of so-called “Gore”, a canal system dug from the main course of the river Elsa was a decisive factor for the local economy. It is a fine work of hydraulic engineering. The first section was built between the X and XI century and the second portion at the beginning of the thirteenth century. The Gore exploit the lowering of the river that falls by more than 50 meters while crossing the city of Colle. The driving force ensured by Gore supported the development of the paper industry in Colle Val d’Elsa.

RECYCLED MATERIALS

Eetico's projects are the result of responsible choices of materials, technology and functionality, with the goal to create products that can combine accesibilty and sustainability. The first project is a collection of objects made from recycled cardboard with a lamellar structure consisting of laser-cut sheets and assembled by hand. Cardboard is a poor, simple but extremely fascinating material. It is lightweight, easy to carry and assemble, eco-friendly because it is completely recyclable. Each project in the collection is manufactured respecting the environment, including the use of materials, the manufacturing process, the transport, the product's use and disposal.

eetico interior design | recycled and traditional materials into new designs. Upcycling design handmade in Tuscany, Italy
Eetico interior design | Recycled and sustainable cardboard lamps handmade in Tuscany, Italy

The cardboard we use has a core made of paper manufacturing scraps. The processing waste of the cardboard used to make the products of our collections are again recycled to build the inner core of a new cardboard panel. The second picture shows a phase of Italiana lamp production.

Italiana is the name of the line of recycled cardboard lamps, available in three variants and sizes. The design reinterprets popular and typical lamps of Italian tradition, that are proposed again but in a new shape through the use of an eco-friendly material like the laminated recycled cardboard.