“Our grandmothers would never throw anything away. They grew up in difficult times, when it wasn’t that easy to get new stuff. Everything was treated sparingly and with care to make things last as long as possible. It’s strange how now we are reconsidering this attitude from the exact opposite approach: we try to avoid being overwhelmed by the waste of consumerism.” – Elisa Cavani interview
There’s isn’t a lot to read about Manoteca, but what there is, is somehow enough. The work of Italian designer Elisa Cavani there is an immediate refreshing and humble nature in their approach; Manoteca is a little house in a park, a lab where old and abandoned things are hosted among with recycled materials, reinvented and reassembled. Everything handmade and a one-off, the pieces echo the spirit of experimentation without the signs of trial and error. At the same time they demonstrate a love captured in the thought that went into making them, as well as in the history and reverence that connects them to something old. Whether it’s an old door as a table top or a combined tricycle, lamp and bookshelf, the materials blend naturally together to create a harmonious rather than thrown together recycled aesthetic.