“Too Good to Waste”, the bold timber installation designed by Benedetta Tagliabue of EMBT, crafted by furniture makers Benchmark
and initiated by the American Hardwood Export Council, comprises four individual and unique pieces, wrapped around the statuesque
pillars of the entrance to the Aula Magna auditorium, transforming at the hand of visitors to reveal hidden pieces of fine furniture.
“Too Good to Waste” seeks to question the validity of the current relationship between wood consumption and fashion.
Contrary to popular perception, not all forests are disappearing. In fact, the vast American hardwood forest is a quickly expanding
resource and the volume of its standing timber has more than doubled in the last 50 years. However, due to fashion and colour trends,
demand is too often focused on just a few species, while many others are underused or left in the forest, which is a lost opportunity for
design and carbon storage. This project is an invitation to reflect on the responsible use of these forests and to discover species and grades
of American hardwoods rarely found in homes or furniture stores in Europe, but that need to be considered if we want to contribute to a
balanced and sustainable use of the forest.