Everything there is to know about Cooloo x Super Salone 2021


Everything there is to know about 

Cooloo x the Milan Design Week 2021


"Cooloo - leader in the development of finishes and coatings - together with a pool of Dutch companies working on reuse and virtuous recycling; together they tackle the circular economy theme in a scenario with natural accents."
"But what to do with the furniture that cannot be disassembled and recycled? The Dutch startup Cooloo has found an interesting solution. High-quality coatings are made from existing residual flows such as denim, coffee grounds, marble grit or leather."
"This top layer is sprayed over discarded furniture, which gets a new cool look from faded jeans or cork. At the end of the cycle, the eco-coating itself can also be recycled. With a concrete-like surface. Hard yet soft."
"The rooftop display offered an al fresco moment of respite against a part of the city prone to industry—a juxtaposition to the opulent, traditional palazzo setting that played host to more of Cooloo’s radical material innovations."
"Furthermore, it is possible to discover the sustainable coating solutions obtained by processing waste materials deriving from different industries conceived by the Cooloo Coatings company."


We believe that beautiful, high-quality design and art can be created sustainably within a circular economy. Shaping a better world by thinking circular! With our collaborators and partners, we bring people together and inspire international companies and designers to close the circle.

Waste materials from the leather, cork, linoleum, pearl-glass and even banknotes are being re-used to create unique and innovative art and design. Cooloo Circular Canopy shows how you can create stylish and durable products with the use of waste materials, and showcases groundbreaking technology of collaborators that allows to design out waste entirely. A new economy is on the horizon.

Cooloo and Thed Konings have brought together companies, institutions, designers, artists and architects who are already working on circular solutions. To challenge their thinking about what design can be in the future and to share this with the creative industry and society at large. Take a look at the collaborators page and get to know the companies and designers involved. Not all we do is perfect yet … but this group is leading the change to close the circle.

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic we are seeing, in a very brutal and confronting way, that our old globalized and linear models are not feasible for the future. We also have to steer away from the path of cheap outsourcing with large supply chains to gain small profits.

The Salone del Mobile has been postponed to September 2021 due to the implications of the pandemic on our interconnected world. This emphasizes our sustainable and circular message, in a more stringent way than ever before. We will keep moving forward to keep closing circles together.



After their first encounters during the Salone del Mobile and Masterly The Hague in 2019, Thed Konings was sparked with the idea to create a large exhibition based on the possibilities and philosophies that the Cooloo technologies hold. The Lyon-based interior artist invented his Wasted Mountains concept in which he boldly takes you for a dive in the waste we create.

This results in an inspiring collection of chairs and sofas made from waste materials. Like his Great Balls of Waste chair and the already iconic centerpiece called the One Billion Euro Sofa.

His limitless imagination, endless energy,  and sustainable message combine into fearless design that puts waste materials at its center. Thed Konings’ Wasted Mountains tell the story of how the notions of circularity and sustainability can be incorporated into art and design.



1. Palazzo Turati

Courtyard and Rooftop as part of Masterly The Dutch in Milano.

2. STECCA 3.0

As part of PLAYFUL, YOUNG, DESIGN by Isola Design District.

3. Fabbrica Sassetti

As part of Isola Design Community.

4. Bosco Verticale

As part of Isola Design District.

As part of Materialized Exhibition by Isola Design District.