The useDesign logo says a lot about the objects it adorns. It says they’re rig­or­ously hand-(re)made and all-Italian. It pretty much guar­an­tees they’re good-looking, quirky and exclu­sive. It promises eye-catching colours and that vin­tage air of famil­iar things put to unfa­mil­iar tasks. And it cer­ti­fies low envi­ron­men­tal impact, since every­thing that comes out of the useDesign work­shop near Milan is crafted from indus­trial waste, unwanted stock or odds and ends picked up at a flea market.

Take two of the lat­est cre­ations: ceil­ing lights made with dis­carded pots; and table-cum-stool Colom­bina.

Given the nature of the mate­ri­als used, some prod­ucts are nec­es­sar­ily one-offs, some come in lim­ited edi­tions while oth­ers can be repro­duced in greater num­bers. They’re sold in a hand­ful of stores around Italy but you can always con­tact the guys at useDesign, young cre­atives who are also game for cre­at­ing stuff to order, set and stand design and even whole inte­rior design projects.

Founded by Luca Scarpellini - stage designer, mechan­i­cal engi­neer and no stranger to some of the cir­cus arts if I heard right — just over 3 years ago, useDesign has its HQ and work­shop at Made in Mage, a bustling cre­ative space and incu­ba­tor for sus­tain­able own-produced design in Sesto San Giovanni.

c/o Made in Mage
Viale Italia 548
20099 Sesto S. Gio­vanni (MI)
+39 339 1042325