Simone Farresin and Andrea Trimarchi’s encounter dates back to their studies in Florence, before they both headed to Eindhoven’s Design Academy and graduated with a shared thesis and portfolio based on traditional Sicilian folk craft. In the spirit of the Arte Povera movement, Formafantasma’s work explores the role of design in folk craft, the relationship between tradition and local culture, critical approaches to sustainability and the significance of objects as cultural conduits. “They identify their role as the bridge between craft, industry, object and user and seek to stimulate a more critical and conceptual design dialogue through their work”, their gallerist Libby Sellers explains. Whether they craft tables out of lava stone collected on the slopes of Mont Etna, imagine Craftica a unique collection from leather scraps for Fendi or come up with Botanica, a beautifully organic series of pots and vases that explores the tactile qualities and technical potential of pre-industrial resins, Formafantasma push the boundaries of contemporary design, with respect for the past and long gone traditions. As a matter of fact, the duo have recently been listed by Alice Rawsthorn, design critic International Herald Tribune, and Paola Antonelli, senior design curator at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, as one of twenty designers who will influence design in the next decade.
by Clara Le Fort
Works on show at Gallery Libby Sellers
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