Elisava has just signed an agreement with OiKo, a product design office focused on the transition to a circular economy dealing with the common good. The agreement will allow the School to continue deepening its work around the concept of design and circular economy from a point of view that takes the matter into account.
This is a fundamental alliance to generate synergies between the academic research in materials and design, in which Elisava is a reference, and the industrial and market realities posed by the new circular economy promoted by OiKo.
According to Javier Peña, General Director of Elisava, the concept of circular design is currently a step forward because it "goes from the idea of linear growth to the idea of a regenerative and lasting sustainability that keeps the original value after its use". According to him: "It's time to move from design for recycling to design from recycling" and "Design and science go hand in hand. This is a great opportunity to put it into practice. "
OiKo is directed by Jose F. López-Aguilar, industrial designer and ecologist, and Salva Codinach, engineer and product designer. The study designs from the research of the matter and the perception of the user to solve new realities and offer more competitive products for the companies. It is more sustainable for the planet and more emotional for the user.
Along with product development, OiKo lives the field of design from its different aspects such as research, teaching and dissemination. Only in the last year, the studio has received numerous awards, such as the Red Dot awards, the Green Product Award, the Delta Award and the Ibero-American Design Biennial Award, besides reaching a finalist place of the ADI-FAD Delta with products designed from recycled plastics.