I'm Riccardo Cenedella, Italian Maker and Furniture Designer now based in East London and recently graduated from MA Material Futures at Central Saint Martins. I am dedicated to creating bespoke, handcrafted objects inspired by the stigma of waste excess.

In the era we are living in, the Anthropocene, humans become consumeristic machines on a planetary scale. But what if, in a speculative near-future we cover the Earth in trash? In this scenario, all the professional figures will cross their boundaries and designers become makers and alchemists. For these reasons, my practice is led with a hands-on approach to research the possibilities to transform waste into functional objects.

As a maker with a sustainable ethos, I see design as a tool to create awareness about overconsumption and waste production. Narration is an essential component in my design output. The observation of the environment that surrounds me and the waste informally related to it in combination with material exploration and making skills meet into the realization of collectable design artefacts. Process and narrative come first and the form follows. 


2021: Material Futures, Material Fund - winner

2021: The Art Foundaion Fellowship Award, Material Innovation - finalist


2021:  TM Lighting Gallery - Made in Art London

2021 Dutch Design Week - United Matters

2021: London Design Fair- Green Grads

2021: MA Material Futures Graduate Showcase

2019: The Everyday Martian - collaborative project between MA Material Futures and the Design Museum.

2019: Yksi Eindhoven - Rethinking plastic 


2019 - 2021: MA Material Futures, Central Saint Martin, London UK

2014 - 2017: BA Product Design, Polytechnic University of Turin, Turin IT

Work experience:

2017-2019: Workshop assistant, Studio Nucleo, Turin IT

Image credit: Marine Renaudineau

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