The concept of sustainability begins with the creative use of what we have, what we produce and the environment in which we live. Rethinking our habits and the context in which we operate is a first step towards becoming sustainable.
But inspiration can also come from history, from the past, from the place where we live. An interesting example comes from the tradition of the ancient masters of Rolo's inlayers, who represent the precursors of recycling.
In the late 19th century, the village of Rolo gained fame throughout Europe for its precious artifacts made through inlay. About 7,000 tables were produced each year, decorated with figurative motifs, geometric designs and historical themes using seasoned precious wood.
One of the interesting characteristics of this ancient art was the parsimony in the management of processing waste, which was recovered and integrated into the work itself. The Rolo masters demonstrated recycling skills even before it was a widespread concept. This approach to resource reuse was common in pre-industrial societies.
Drawing inspiration from the Rolo tradition, Nestart partially follows this philosophy. By using laser-cut sheets that would otherwise be melted, they are able to transform them into precious works through an improvement process. Their production is also unique and not replicable in the same way, just like Rolo inlay.
Another similarity between Nestart and Rolo inlayers is the decorative component. While inlay used naturalistic motifs such as corals, flowers, and leaves, Nestart is inspired by archetypal and symbolic forms such as angels, keys and keyholes. Both approaches are capable of conveying an aesthetic and semantic value.
Lastly, craftsmanship is also a common element. The sheets recovered by Nestart undergo manual work, folded and transformed by master craftsmen, thus honoring the tradition of the great artists of the past from Rolo.
The ancient roots of recycling can be traced back to the practice of the Rolo inlayers masters. This tradition has inspired Nestart in their sustainable approach, combining the creative use of waste, the uniqueness of the products, and craftsmanship.