Villa Maggiore

Villa Maggiore


We are pleased to inform you about the recently completed transformation of a dis-used villa in the northern Italian Lakes district.

The ‘Villa Maggiore’ project led by Superuse On Site used waste materials in the building renovation, minimal remodelling, and passive and zero energy systems to transform the disused villa to zero-energy, circular holiday home to showcase circular design in Italy. Part of the villa transformation was the 450m2 interior fit-out from waste, designed and built on site in 4 weeks in ‘Furniture Jam Sessions’ with 14 international waste designers.

You can download the extended press release in both English and Italian here

An Italian villa is used as teaching ground by Dutch waste architects to spread circular design tools, methods and thinking to Italian designers, architects, contractors and industry. 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 4 weeks in ‘Furniture Jam Sessions’ with 14 international waste designers. 

Curated by: Superuse On Site & Harvest Map Italia featuring Refunc, Studio Cifra, Superuse Lab, Cro2o and many other.

See the extended photo reportage by Denis Guzzo.

Enjoy more insights by visiting FURNITURE JAM SESSION in progress at Villa Maggiore IT

VIISI LABS Circular Office Design

VIISI LABS Circular Office Design

Between 2015 and 2016 pioneer architect Césare Peeren designed and realized part of the new interiors for VIISI ‘s headquarter, an ambitious and innovative  company based in Amsterdam. At the end of 2016 the project won the Desko Circular Design Award powered by Desko.

A worn out bowling alley floor, dead stock Trespa table tops, vintage lamps, and heraklith acoustic system ceiling panels were redesigned to give a sustainable yet classy looking ‘living room for academics’. The space is used both as lunchtime canteen and evening seminar room.

Following the scouts and the makers during the different steps of production, this portfolio shows the process behind the scenes: where the materials came from and how they have been treated and upcycled.

Divided in #11 main photo series this reportage highlights the Superuse design practice with an accent on the craftsmanship of these amazing makers: an homage to the master of crafts, their dedication, their ability to transform something that was discarded into innovative and beautiful designs.