The climate emergency and increased future anxiety push our work to imagine alternative ways of living, producing, and consuming. Coki Barbieri uses notions of geology, chemistry, and design culture to create new products (and materials) from fragments and waste from natural products (such as stones and minerals). COKI brand harness as possible the power of natural elements such as sun, water, and air to craft. Under this vision, nature dictates new production and consumption rhythms: the materials are created as much as possible by hand, with "cold" procedures. The sun-dried components compensate as much as possible for the CO2 emissions due to the production of borosilicate glass (a high-quality material chosen for its extreme hygiene, possibility of cleaning, durability, and non-toxicity). The possibility to divide each product into its original components allows us always to offer the repair of the single element, the replacement, or a second life to the material (reuse or recycling).
A company, as a digital and physical place that produces only positive or reversible reactions between
human needs and the protection of natural heritage, "as if not even an earthworm was killed to dig the foundations of a house." A brand that operates in symbiosis with the environment and its ecosystems instead of merely extracting from it. Deep ecology and multi-species thinking will shape design and business visions, transforming the products and services we consume.
Intrigue with simple and functional shapes to bring the user to consider untreated natural materials precious and place safety and non-dangerousness of their life cycle in the first place.
Sensitivity, honesty, kindness and freedom.
Our mission is to produce visually innovative and quality objects on a small scale that respect our country's Italian craftsmanship and natural materials. We have chosen to work with small artisan firms specialized in processing their area's characteristic materials.
1. Design and prepare some
prototypes in recycled cardboard and cork scraps from construction;
2. come into digital contact with the production company, creating a real working relationship based on mutual honesty and respect;
3. the micro productions allow us to monitor each phase and reuse all the packaging material with which the pieces arrive to us from manufacturers;
4. pack the products with recycled paper material inside our "paper cushions," and we buy little virgin materials
5. entrust worldwide shipments to a market-leading courier operating within the GoGreen environmental protection program, with the mission of Zero Emissions by 2050.
COKI's workplace was born in a green area on the hills of Rimini, well protected by dense vegetation. Within the park and the undergrowth, various animal species are free, who have chosen our undergrowth as their home, including squirrels and woodpeckers. These are our great friends: cats, chickens (which live in freedom and will not become our food), and, until recently, a peacock, Francesco, who left us after many years together. For heating the home and the workplace, united in a single building, we use condensing boiler, and for cooling, we rely on the winds that often blow on our hill, and on the thick perimeter walls, we do not have air conditioners.
Considering the low number of car trips we make, we have decided to keep our small-displacement work car produced in our country the same as an electric vehicle. It is much more expensive in economic and environmental terms to create from the new and replaces than to keep what you already have, in our case.
We are a small company, and our ability to revolutionize the world of marketing in design is low; we have to say that, but for our part, we do everything to exhibit our products and make ourselves known digitally. We know very well the tremendous environmental impact of each design fair participation. Hence, we try to minimize them, and we are active in this field with other like-minded organizations like us. We refrain from having only our team travel to prevent too many flights, and we select personnel on the site of the fair (even if this often requires more work). Generally, you won't find too much paper material, such as catalogs, at our stands; we try to use as much digital material as possible.
Most of the food we eat, following a vegetarian diet, is produced by us. We only buy water (from the source closest to our home-place of work), flour, seeds, pasta, bananas, and cheeses from local shepherds (we have a pasture in front of our house). Fortunately, the undergrowth offers us many truths about mushrooms every year, and we are waiting for a gradual reproduction to increase their consumption. We have been growing avocados for three years and expect to see the first fruits next year.
All our animals live free. Therefore they can eat the food they manage to catch in the wild, according to what would be their best source of nutrition. The hens grow with seeds and scraps of vegetables and fruits that we cook. We often avoid proposing kibble to our cats and feed them with organic wet food from Italy and a small German family business. Cats can eat raw meat and fish a few times a week, even if we don't eat any, because they are strictly carnivorous.
For at least 12 years, we have chosen ICEA-certified organic products from Italian companies to care for us and clean the home and work environments. In addition, we can tell you that there are three crazy substances for cleaning the house, beauty routine, and staying safe from bacteria: tap water, bicarbonate, and denatured alcohol.
You don't always need to spray more; this drastically reduces your shopping and the danger of intoxicating yourself with useless and harmful substances.