Domus, the international art and design magazine, has interviewed the creators of META, an unusual atelier in the Northern periphery of Milano, which collects discarded stands, props and exhibit materials and breathes into them a new life. Martina Bragadin and Margherita Crespi, trained at NABA in Milan, have set up a business based on the collection and sale of recycled materials. Their clients are the city’s fashion, design and art industries, which nnedd to find solutions to dispose of materials that are difficult to reuse. This is where META comes in, selecting and collecting materials, separating their components, cleaning and recycling them into new products. The duo then makes their creations available at affordable prices to new customers, including students, artists and professionals. As the two designers said to Domus: “The idea came about during the Milan Furniture Fair a few years ago, when the immense waste of materials used to build the stands, once they had been dismantled, led us to reflect on how we could intervene (..). The consideration also concerned our work as set designers, since we are aware of the costs of sets and their very short lives. Why does all this have to be waste, and why cannot it have another life?”.