Design 2012

Formafantasma + Chiara Scarpitti
19th december 2012– 30th january 2013

Galleria Paola Verrengia, in collaboration with Nunzio Vitale, launches the exhibition “Formafantasma + Chiara Scarpitti” on Wednesday 19th December 2012 at 07.30 pm. The exhibition has been organised with the co-operation of Plart Foundation.
The young designer Chiara Scarpitti and the group Formafantasma Studio, international design revelation, as an original combination, give birth to a kind of travel, both aiming to project future starting from the past.

Chiara Scarpitti (1983) proposes an ornamental and structured collection that goes beyond the concept of jewel, generating prisms, cylinders, cones, sphere, spirals, archetypal forms that compose small wearable sculptures, created using different materials in unusual ways (Cecilia Freschini). As an example,
fine and transparent silk matches perfectly with Plexiglas foil and silver, as a result these ornamental jewels look like contemporary amulets, talismans or even relics. Chiara Scarpitti’s work evolves itself, like the famous images on silk of Eadweard Muybridge, like the “desire to stop the movement, to reset vitality, otherwise uncertain and submitted, a message of continuous research where the project is never inactive (Marco Petroni)”. The projection of the video
“Animal Locomotion” will be the backdrop of the exhibition.

Chiara Scarpitti, young Neapolitan designer, got her degree at Politecnico di Milano, Department of Design, she recently won an International PhD in Design & Innovation at Seconda Università degli studi di Napoli “Luigi Vanvitelli”, Architecture Department. Among her exhibitions in galleries and museums we recommend CODA Museum, Amsterdam; Fondazione Querini Stampalia, Venice; Electrum Gallery, London; Fondazione PLART, Naples; Bini Gallery, Melbourne and Salone del Mobile, Padiglione Satellite, Milan.

Formafantasma (Andrea Trimarchi, 1983 and Simone Farresin, 1980), Design Studio based in Eindhoven, Holland, presents the project “Botanica”, realized for Plart Fondation. The two designers with this project pay a personal homage to plastics, exploring the history of natural polymers of the pre-Bakelite age, when oil wasn’t used that much in the production process of plastics, and plants and animals were studied as possible sources of new compounds.
The re-proposition of unusual materials becomes the choice for a new productive positive attitude and a way to wonder about economical and cultural motivations that caused the interruption of such a research.
The prototypes in the exhibition make use of pre-synthetic and almost alchemical materials, natural resins whose textures and warm colours recall archaic and contemporary details, giving life to a new post-industrial aesthetic.

Studio Formafantasma’s projects have been exhibited at Salone Internazionale del Mobile in Milan, ICFF NY, Design Miami/ Basel; Abu Dhabi Art Sotheby’s London; Spazio Rossana Orlandi, Milan; Moss Gallery, New York; Gallery Bensimon, Paris, I.T. Hong Kong. In the last month they won the Icon design award in the category Emerging designer of the year, Elle Decor International Award in the category Talent of the year and The Netherlands and The Vienna Home Run Competition.

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