Pure Gold

Tapiwa Matsinde Pure Gold Upcycled Upgraded Cover


“Global industrialisation and ever greater levels of consumption make upcycling an urgent matter, and ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen) is therefore addressing this issue in a design exhibition, a platform, workshops and conferences” – Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen


The processes of global industrialization and mounting consumerism produce so much refuse on a daily basis that upcycling has become a hot topic of vital importance. Designers take a different view of the things that some people discard as useless: bulky waste, rubbish, cheap materials—pure gold! The book Pure Gold: Upcycled! Upgraded! explores the subject of rubbish and presents ideas for processing refuse to create valuable products. Working with seven curators from Europe, Latin America, North Africa and the Middle East, East Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, and South East Asia, ifa brought together a total of fifty-three designers for the exhibition and had them explore value creation as a form of appreciation in a range of different contexts.

Texts by exhibition curators: Volker Albus, Adélia Borges, Axel Kufus, Tapiwa Matsinde, Divia Patel, Bahia Shehab, Eggarat Wongcharit, and Zhang Jie.


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  • Publish Date: October 2017
  • Paperback: 388 pages
  • Publisher: Spector Books; Bilingual edition
  • ISBN-13: 978-3959051729

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