Argentinian designers are transforming known materials into something new, sustainable and beautiful.
'I am more excited about the things yet to come than the things I've done,' says the upbeat and inventive Patrizio Lix Klett, a founder of La Feliz. The name—the happy one—also refers to the nickname for Mar del Plata (Sea of Silver), the area of Argentina that Klett hails from, considered to be a city of light.
La Feliz is a 14-strong industrial design business centred on material experimentation. Every project has the same beginning, transforming known materials into something new. 'The material responds to the challenge we put in front of it,' says Klett. They create projects that can be scaled up from smaller prototypes and industrialised for largescale production.
Klett's newest fabric is a laminate made from a recycled leather core with a wood veneer. It takes its cue from the 1940s, when leather fibres replaced cellulose to form leatherboard in place of cardboard. The effect is a bendable wood that uses recycled materials to make it durable and sustainable. 'The versatility of the material dictates how many things I can do with it,' says Klett.