ECAL MILANO 2023: Junkyard Diving, 17–23.04.2023, House of Switzerland, Milano

ECAL MILANO 2023: Junkyard Diving
House of Switzerland, Milano

Craftsmanship, Furniture

On the occasion of the Milan Design Week (17-23 April 2023), ECAL presents Junkyard Diving at the House of Switzerland. Under the guidance of the designer Philippe Malouin, ECAL’s Bachelor students in Industrial Design invite us to question our consumption habits, the role of designers and the world of tomorrow.  

The shortage of energy and resources that many countries are currently experiencing or anticipating, raises several questions about supply alternatives and ways of limiting consumption. According to studies, the cumulative number of metals to be produced in the coming years would exceed the cumulative amount produced since antiquity to the present day.  

In the wake of forthcoming legislation on the right to repair products, energy and resource consumption, design, as an innovation discipline, must play a key role. 

Junkyard Diving questions our consumption habits, as well as the role of designers in the world of tomorrow. "Form follows function" is a maxim attributed to the modernist architect Louis Sullivan. In industrial design, if this statement is sometimes at the heart of reflections, it can also be reversed, in which case the form determines the function through a creative process based on existing elements.    

During a week-long workshop with designer Philippe Malouin, Bachelor Industrial Design students adopted this latter approach: seeking new functions inspired by forms found in a metal recycling center. Through this process, unexpected associations and discoveries are made, generating a new vocabulary of forms.    

« With resources dwindling, it is essential to challenge the way we generate new ideas: combining or altering existing forms and elements can lead to new discoveries in product design. Other people’s trash can definitely be our creative treasure », says Philippe Malouin. 

Junkyard Diving highlights the existing - yet under-exploited - opportunities for recycling that design provides. 

Presented at the House of Switzerland, Junkyard Diving is part of the group exhibition Urgent Legacy, which proposes innovative and sustainable Swiss design responses to the urgent challenges of the present, in collaboration with the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia and Presence Switzerland. 


10am - 8pm


House of Switzerland
Casa degli Artisti – Corso Garibaldi 89A
20121 Milano


House of Switzerland


Paul Carluy , Hugo Duport , Charlotte Dubois , Frederik Buchmann , Timothée Lehmann , Alexandre Margueron , Léonie Sammons , Christophe Ascençao , Noé Chassot , Gabriel Hafner , Lucie Herter , Anaïs Lehmann , Alex Nguyen , Annick Persechini , Sven Odermatt , Virginie Lienhart  Nicolas Honegger , Sam Lombardo , Antony Gallay , Marco Renna , Dario Aguet


Philippe Malouin


Stephane Halmai-Voisard


Silvio Rebholz

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