Design Polina Miliou’s Design is Made of Papier-Mâché

Polina Miliou’s Design is Made of Papier-Mâché

Anna Frattini

Color and spontaneity are two key elements of Polina Miliou‘s design. Born in 1990, she is a Greek designer based in Los Angeles. The bold colors and fun shapes of her furnishings convey the full creative force of this unique designer. Positioned between art and design, Miliou’s inspiration focuses on the architectural forms of the Cyclades archipelago and the primitivism of the Mediterranean.

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One particularity of Miliou’s work lies in her use of upcycling materials such as paper, expanded polystyrene, and objects found on the streets or by the seaside, transforming them into true design pieces. Magazines, packaging materials, and sheets of paper serve as ideal raw materials for covering her works.

This journey began by chance, stemming from the desire to modify an old coffee table. It was at this moment that the papier-mâché design phase commenced, utilizing an element capable of transforming the appearance of any object. A simple homemade recipe consisting of paper, water, and cornflour. The secret to making her works durable lies in constructing the structure with wood or foam, occasionally mixing them with cement.

An interesting fact about Polina Miliou: in 2020, the artist worked on the set design for performer Theo Triantafyllidis’ performance, Anti-Gone, as the production manager, presented at the Sundance Film Festival.

For more information about Polina Miliou here is her Instagram profile.

Written by Anna Frattini
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