Can we create life-saving equipment from plastic waste? Can we keep traditional values while we’re creating something modern? Péter Szendrő architect and Juli Laczkó designer have proved that it’s possible at the first Person meetup. Get to know their inspiring story!
After hearing about the careers of Juli and Péter, we can definitely say that young Hungarian professionals are in the world’s lead when it comes to innovations. Juli is known as the creator of her own brand ‘Plastenka’ and a special material called UTOPLAST, which is made from compressed plastic waste – the material can not only be used for accessories, like bags and clutches, but also for a special mobile home called ‘terMINI’. Juli has developed this mobile home to help people who have to live on the street – the special material helps to maintain an optimal temperature even during the coldest nights. The work of the young talent was acknowledged professionally many times: she even had the chance to build an installation called reOnion at the well-known Burning Man festival. According to Juli, upcycling is much more exciting than recycling: it’s a wonderful journey to create something better from the same material – but she’s not the only one who thinks like that.
Upcycling is an important topic for Péter Szendrő, founder and owner of 81font Architecture & Design as well. At Person’s meetup, Péter has told us that creation often starts with destruction:
“Once it happened that we were inspecting a venue and we found a major amount of plasterboard walls. I started to hit these walls with a broomstick, which has left the client in a mild shock, although it was worth it: we found fantastic metal elements under the walls which were not only the base of the building’s new character, but it meant a lot of extra space too.”
According to Péter, when he’s redreaming a building, it’s really important to reach back to its original elements, but besides keeping traditions, innovation is also important, to make the final result authentic and modern at the same time. The young architect has also shared some of his former and current work, including Hilda Restaurant in the heart of Budapest. Make sure to visit the building when you’re visiting the capital!