up­cy­cling

Another man’s trash is de­signer Paco Pili’s next mas­ter­piece

Scout - - CONTENTS - Paco is on In­sta­gram @pa­co­pa­copili. Fol­low his work at up­cy­cleph.tum­blr.com By MARTIN DIEGOR Pho­tog­ra­phy by CYRILL ARAGA

EV­ERY­THING IS DIS­POS­ABLE, but not ev­ery­thing has to be thrown away. No, I’m not talk­ing about your ex. En­ter Paco Pili, a self-taught de­signer who turns thrifted ob­jects into fur­ni­ture that would de nitely go to your dream room Pin­ter­est board. His port­fo­lio in­cludes wall mir­rors made from old ten­nis rack­ets, mini cab­i­nets with legs, and a split bath­tub sofa, among many other fas­ci­nat­ing things.

His process is up­cy­cling, the trans­for­ma­tion of old, used prod­ucts into new things with bet­ter qual­ity and value. (Still not your ex.) In the book The Up­cy­cle, de­signer Wil­liam McDonough and chemist Michael Braun­gart say that the goal of up­cy­cling is not merely the cre­ative re­use of ob­jects, but also the long-term re­design of our lifestyles to­ward sus­tain­abil­ity.

For Paco, it all started with an old suit­case that he turned into speak­ers. He stud­ied mar­ket­ing in univer­sity, but since dis­cov­er­ing his tal­ent for re­pur­pos­ing items, he de­cided to take it se­ri­ously and make it a way of liv­ing. “I never had for­mal train­ing in in­dus­trial de­sign. I learned ev­ery­thing I know in car­pen­try and de­sign from my dad and grand­fa­ther who al­ways had things to tinker with in the backyard. I just love to play with old stuff, mix­ing the old and new into one.”

Since, Paco has earned the at­ten­tion of no­table col­leagues in the in­dus­try, a spon­sored set of power tools from Bosch, and new clients. “My next pro­ject is to build my brand. I know it’s im­por­tant, and I’ll work on it se­ri­ously some­time soon.” Now, he’s con­tent with his home garage that his fam­ily has al­lowed him to claim as his stu­dio.

In the long term, he wants to be a house­hold name. “I want ev­ery space to have a Paco-made up­cy­cled cre­ation. I want to have a team that will de­sign and re­design old spa­ces. I also want to train our lo­cal car­pen­ters to im­prove their crafts­man­ship. It’s all in the de­tails.”

Paco Pili int his garage stu­dio in Que­zon City

Re­mas­tered Up­cy­cling isn’t only about turn­ing plas­tic bot­tles into plant pots. The Paraguay­based Orquesta de In­stru­men­tos Re­ci­cla­dos de Ca­teura uses in­stru­ments that are made from found ob­jects in the Ca­teura land­fill.

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