Jun 3, 2024
Open Lab at 110 Mallorca
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Blaire Dessent
Open Lab at 110 Mallorca
Jun 3, 2024
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Blaire Dessent
Open Lab at 110 Mallorca
Jun 3, 2024
by
Blaire Dessent
Open Lab at 110 Mallorca
Jun 3, 2024
- By
Blaire Dessent
Open Lab at 110 Mallorca
Jun 3, 2024
- By
Blaire Dessent
Open Lab at 110 Mallorca
Jun 3, 2024
- By
Blaire Dessent
Roberto Paparkone & Juan Palencia of Isla. Photo: Xim Izquierdo
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n Saturday, June 1st, 110 Mallorca hosted Open Lab, a 1-day experimental presentation of work by several multidisciplinary designers working on the island. Organised by Chiara Ferrari, designer and founder of 110, Open Lab brought together designers to explore themes around waste + design, waste + fashion and food + design. As Ferrari noted: “The common thread between the Lab participants is their answer to the topic of “adapt-ability”: How to adapt waste materials? How food adapts to design and vice versa? How do we adapt to nature? How do we adapt to culture, lifestyle evolution and technology?”

Based in Inca, 110 is housed in a renovated leather factory originally built in 1934. Since 2023, after extensive renovations, 110 serves as Ferrari’s private home and studio, and a ground floor space intended “to gather, celebrate and discuss, for makers, designers and the wider public on the island”, through special events.  

Cecilia Sorensen, designed special lab coats for each participant. Using former hotel bed sheets, a project she recently explored with LOOP, each jacket had distinguishing stitching, embroidery or patterns that were part of the original white sheets. It created a unifying connection among the people involved and reinforced the experimental and creative approach to this event, particularly the idea around waste + fashion: “Waste is the source material for projects, challenging many creatives on how we adapt it into the making of wearables. Where the level of adaptation to the human body (or objects) + the media adds an extra challenge,” as Ferrari explains. 

Xim Izquierdo photo on 2 Monos stool. Photo: Xim Izquierdo
New collection by Llanatura. Photo: Xim Izquierdo

In addition to presenting a collection of chairs and benches recently exhibited at Pep Llabres gallery, 2 Monos Studio presented small metal plates and chopsticks that resembled elongated cutlery alongside a range of small ceramic plates, bowls and storage jars from Paparkone. Placed across a long table, the work spoke to ideas of mobility, simplicity and experimentation around food and design.

Llantatura, whose factory is just around the corner from 110, presented a new collection of blankets with a slight ombre pattern, along with pillows, bags and stylish slippers made from recycling wool from old mattresses and overstock fabrics. Photographer Xim Izquierdo presented several surprising new photographs all created using AI, a tool that he has recently begun exploring. Islas Studio designed three functional pieces made entirely with materials found in and around Inca. The star material was the reuse of small cement cylinders, which functioned as the base for a bench, portable shower and portable standing lamp. 

“The common thread between the Lab participants is their answer to the topic of “adapt-ability”: How to adapt waste materials? How food adapts to design and vice versa?"
Table displaying pieces by Paparkone & 2 Monos. Photo: Xim Izquierdo
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