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Ornella Stocco

MA work

Asphalt Recipes

Asphalt is a low cost material mainly used for crude works like paving or roofing. It is considered an inferior substance, placed flat in the ground, and placed lowest in the price list of raw materials available in the market. 

Asphalt defines space. It gives shape to our streets and roads. Asphalt is social, accessible and supportive. 

'Asphalt Recipes'  are an alternative form of design reutilising, reconsidering and revaluing a cheap, rough and undervalued material. The result is a collection of extravagant objects where asphalt travels to a new context. The mirror, the bar stool, the table are all Do-It-Yourself recipes which only need low tech tools and very simple moulds. The city is sold to everyone, but just a minority can afford it. These objects represent the social irony we  live in, the paradox of space, the exclusivity of design. 


  • Ornella Stocco
  • MA Degree


    School of Design


    MA Design Products, 2014

  • Degrees

  • BA Product & Furniture Design, London Metropolitan University, 2011; BA Journalism, San Pablo CEU University, MAdrid, Spain, 2008
  • Experience

  • Designer in residence, London Metropolitan University, 2012; Product development assistant, Established & Sons, London, 2011; Internship, Wallpaper* Magazine, London, 2009
  • Exhibitions

  • Salone del Mobile, Milan, 2012; ; Clerkenwell Design Week, 2012; Designersblock, London Design Festival, 2011
  • Awards

  • Design Products, INJUVE Creación Joven, Spain, 2013