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Chiara Pasetti


I’m Chiara Pasetti a 24 years old product designer graduated at Politecnico di Milano. I’m currently enrolled in the Product Service System Design master.

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Material Qualities
Color: multicolor
Soft / hard: soft, elastic
Shiny / matt: shiny both thanks to the jelly and the aesthetic properties of onion peelings that have a kind of reective nature
Smells: a little smell, due to the pig jelly
Texture: smooth and soft
Others: semi-transparent , patterned
Material Recipe
- 12g pig jelly
- 40g water
- 2g glycerine
- onion peels

Coloured version:
- natural pigment
- dish soap
Material Application
Since the concept of this material is born to give value to
a raw material, that is considered to be poor, but hides
some unespected aesthetical properties, I think this material
should be used to embellish and decorate. On the
other hand the jelly is not a durable material, but it is possible
to take advantage of it’s perishability or substitute it
with a more durable, transparent, natural resin.
In this way the material could be used to create
- food packagings
- In my mind I find the patterns suitable for bathroom complements like tiles or soap caddy
- led lamps (the pattern can create nice light effects)
- kitchen complements like trivets
Material Narrative
I chose to work with vegetable peels because we all know that is one of the most interesting waste to recycle.
In particular, I decided to use onion peels because I noticed that the inner part of the peels reflects the light in an interesting way. So I wanted to try to use this aesthetical peculiarity to create a material that takes advantage of it. The final result is a playful patterned material, that is structured on different layers. It's possible to perceive the depth of the material thanks to the transparency of the jelly layers.
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MaDe, a project co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of The European Union, aims at boosting talents towards circular economies across Europe partnering with design and cultural institutions, Elisava, Ma-tt-er and Politecnico di Milano.

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