Can sustainable design thinking help us develop new furniture aesthetics and possibilities?


Generating different kinds of furniture by combining and re-contextualizing both industrial and urban waste, CastAway Furniture proposes and develops a new aesthetic language to embody the conceptual and physical implications of waste in our lives.

The result is a collection of challenging objects that embodies a critique of consumerist society and highlights the poignant problems related to waste production and disposal that our current system generates.

In CastAway Furniture materials always dictate the evolution of the design process and this approach offers a model that can be used in all sorts of scenarios.

Bianchi’s modus operandi became a never ending problem solving and creativity exercise, with no design limits except for the ethical commitment to the recovery of waste; her research found its pivotal point during her Master in Furniture Design at Central Saint Martin.


Ilaria Bianchi is a furniture and product designer from Pisa, Italy. She developed her interest for sustainable design while studying at the Polytechnic University of Turin. She continued her researches by travelling all over Europe and living and working in Sweden, Spain and Great Britain; she has worked for design studios (Fredrik Paulsen, Kristoffer Sundin, U.A.U. Studio), international design brands (BoConcept) and major arts and cultural centres (Somerset House, Victoria & Albert Museum).