ilVespaio is a network of free-lance designers with a focus on ecodesign and sustainability. A team of creatives, researchers and educators promotes awareness on social and environmental issues, organizing workshops, events, contests and educational exhibitions with companies, local authorities, schools and families.
Why ilVespaio? IlVespaio was founded by the graphic designer Stefano Castiglioni and the product designer Alessandro Garlandini in 2008, based on the idea of designing and producing promotional merchandise made of re-used production scraps and other materials. A circular promotional item unique and customized, instead than cheap junk imported from Asia. We called ourselves ilVespaio, the Italian word for wasp nest, because we were looking for a name from the natural world recalling movement, dynamism and creative chaos. Wasps are usually considered useless, annoying insects. However, they are very important for the ecosystem and for impollination, but, unlike bees, they proudly refuse to be tamed and don’t like to work for humans. They use attics to create their nests, instead!
Our first project was a production of bags for the Provincia di Varese made of reused non-woven banners, reclaimed along the race route during the Varese World Championship Road Race 2008. Since then, we did many projects all sharing the same approach based on interactivity, playfulness, and care for design and graphics. The team has grown: designers Sebastiano Ercoli and Clara Giardina and videomaker Luca Orioli joined ilVespaio and other collaborators are helping us on specific projects.
We strongly believe that citizens play a crucial role in the transition towards circular economy and that we need to focus on education especially of children and new generations.
We have developed projects to raise awareness on environmental issues and to promote conscious behaviours. Every medium is strategic to convey messages that are important to us: exhibitions, outdoor events, workshops and laboratories, digital projects, educational videos, installations, promotional products, toys and even murals with photocatalytic paints. Besides, every place is good to enhance awareness: web and social networks, museums, airports, hospitals, universities, schools, fairs, even food festivals.
ilVespaio has been focussing on plastic recycling recently. In 2018 we designed a school kit about plastic recycling for Corepla, which included a pack of cards with which you could play several games to understand plastic sorting rules and the importance of recycling; additional online contents help to know more and to reuse packagings to create toys for children.
Last year we joined the Precious Plastic community and we built two machines to recycle plastic, with which we can shred plastic packagings and transform them in recycled objects by injection. Together with Lusodsofici, The FabLab and Pietro Corraini Studio, we launched Plastic Fighters, a project which involves schools to collect and recycle plastic into objects designed by school children with the help of professional designers and produced at school by means of plastic recycling machines and 3D printers.
Finally, we are working on KiDS4, an online educational project born during the COVID 19 emergency to help families and schools. KiDS4 is a YouTube channel for children with educational and playfulvideos about global warming and circular economy. Besides, KiDS4 collects ideas, objects, toys, appsdesigned by children to solve the problems our planet is facing.
In a few words, we are trying to do our best to leave a better world to future generations.