OPERAE 2017

VIP preview November 2nd 2017
November 3 - 5 2017

@ Operae 2017
c/o Torino Lingotto – Pad 5 booth G13
Turin


For Operæ – Independent design festival eighth edition, Secondome joins Alice Stori Lichtenstein’s curatorial project. Alongside accepts again the invitation to participate in the project “Piemonte Handmade” that, for the fourth year in a row, supported by Piemonte Region, unites 10 galleries, 10 designers and 10 artisans to create a collection that links innovation and craftsmanship tradition.
Secondome, under the artistic direction of Claudia Pignatale, presents “WUNDERBRUST” a project by Matteo Cibic, crafted by DOC.
PHM – “WUNDERBRUST”
“While nosing and poking around the atelier of DOC, Matteo Cibic was struck by the skill required for making cushions and craft with which boxes and containers were leather-bound. He started to play with the idea of a trunk, seeing it as a timeless object which is passed along in a family. With an eye to the luxurious travelling trunks of the past, and one to the humbler and traditional wooden chest, Cibic developed his own very personal interpretation. The result is a seating bench, that by lifting the lid can be used as a storage space. Using the most natural leather as a canvas, he applied colour and a pattern with his signature humour.”
Alice Stori Lichtenstein
THE EXHIBITION
The VOLUTA rocking chair, designed by Stefano Marolla, made of wood, carbon fiber and brass, is inspired to the classical organic plastic shapes,hiding behind its apparently simple structure, the complex technique needed to obtain the elastic effect that exalts the comfort. SETTIMIO is a “settimino” chest of drawer (seven-drawer dresser) created with a clear allusion to sculpture, almost as a provocation, that follows the tendence to mix art and design.
The RISVOLTI mirrors, designed by VITO NESTA and made in collaboration with Effetto Vetro, mix in an unconventional way a high-tec material as Supermirror steel and the opaline glass gone out of production since the ‘50. The steel modernity contrasts the vintage taste of the colored mosaic tassels, skillfully placed to design two different patterns, Risvolti A and Risvolti B.
An old nursery rhyme quotes: “Songs and loughs, lights and clamours in a color’s kaleidoscope“. In his LUNAPARK coffee table, ALESSANDRO ZAMBELLI infuses colors, sounds, scents and flavors of a country fair, with carousels, lights and sweets’ stands. Realized with an innovative technique of glass fusion.
HENZEL STUDIO COLLABORATION VOL.1: RICHARD PRINCE For Henzel Studio, Richard Prince created a free-form design informed by a series of collages featuring numbers. Richard Prince has since the late 70’s filtered imagery from mass media, advertising and entertainment, and through re-appropriation turned them into original works, thereby redefining concepts of authorship, ownership and artistic context. Prince refocuses us on the ordinary; he gives it to us repeatedly, in serial form, until it becomes “extra ordinary”. Prince’s deliberate redundancy, and incessant return of the same, plays with our sense of reality.
POUF COUTURE Designed by Lorenza Bozzoli , Couture, is an elegant and exclusive collection born from the observation of the material and the research to better enhance its intrinsic qualities. The colors combinations give life to a living chromatic palette. From the world of the haute couture, the poufs inherit the manufacturing of tailoring together with the care for the details.
DISARMANTE (“Disarming”) is the table lamp by Gio Tirotto. Inspired to the sprue, plastic frames that contain the parts of the model to assemble, the object name has a double meaning: the “disarming” of the weapons that shape the lamp and their transformation in a disarming decorative object. Structure made of laser-cut brass with metal inserts in lost wax-brass and handblown satin glass.
BOOMING VASES The vases are the result of a collaboration between Analogia Project and master ceramist Alessio Sarri. The aim of these objects is to explore two opposite essential elements that make our existence: air and matter, power and fragility. Pure geometrical shapes of white refractory ceramic have been exploded when still fresh. The process of making them followed an experimental methodology. Afterwards, they have been left drying and then cooked, following a traditional ceramic process. The moment of explosion is therefore fixed in the matter. The result is a block of coloured ceramic exploded showing its intimate white texture. Ettore Sottsass defined ‘wrong ceramic’ some ceramic pieces that he did by using unconventional materials and processes. These vases could be also defined ‘ wrong ceramic’: contrary to the standard process, they have used very relevant thickness, they put together ceramic and porcelain, they have been coloured when still fresh. As Sarri explained, they have been making without thinking about the material’s limits but with an experimental approach, by trying, testing and establishing new cause and effect relationships. The result shows at the same time both the matter’s heaviness and fragility. The vases are produced by Alessio Sarri Ceramiche.
VASONASO Matteo Cibic follows up to its 366 days research project into object’s sociological relationships. Are they narrative vehicles of different species?
Are they capable of telling the differences of the human race?
The project which Matteo Cibic took on for 366 days appears to want to respond to these questions. The project, created a bit as a laugh and a bit to immerse himself in the obsessive daily life of a Morandi narrative style, is a personal investigation of the relationship between shape, colour and height, it then turned into an analysis of groups of objects, interpreted as if they were genealogical strains, joined by somatic features, and similar character or colour. Just like the animal species so it is for the VasoNaso, interacting in groups among themselves radically changing shape and imagination.
It only takes a small difference in the shape in order to create a different species. Vaso Naso is therefore a project that brings together the creative talent of the designer, and his unbreakable sense of humour, with the craftsmanship aspect of ceramic and glass processing which is synthesised a shape.
COLORED BLOOMING SKYLINE CONSOLE Ancient peoples observed the night sky to point out stars and use them for orientation. They wanted to be closer to these stars but were afraid of the enormous space in between. That’s why they built their cities mirroring the constellations. Inspired by this thought, Hillsideout presents furniture pieces that frame and evidence city structures. They are reverted towards the ground because they are imaginary cities built following star constellations. The images of exotic flowers, alchemically connected to the stars are inserted into wooden boxes.
JEUX DES CORPS. «It’s a 2012 project realized while I was living between Bruxelles and Paris. Jeux des corps is the sarcastic and ironic display of our time. Every piece is a theatrical setting for metaphorical and allegoric scenes, created re-using traditional ceramic elements from Nove, the place where I work. The different subjects used lose their original purpose to become main characters in a strictly personal vision where irony, eros, disguise, sacrifice and worship become ingredients of the play. Each box is unique and not replicable. I like to let the viewer interpret the single situation, underlining the metaphore that can exist in every displayed scene.» Paolo Polloniato, Nove, September 2017.
ARTISTS
STEFANO MAROLLA Born in Rome, starts working on ebony wood since young in his uncle workshop. He refines his skills in the restoration field, without leaving behind his passion for wood-making. Every project has these two fields deeply connected. From this connection starts a personal research on matter and shape, that transfers in his works all the tradition of italian’s know how in furniture-making. He works for privates and several public institutions as Galleria Nazionale di Arte Moderna in Rome, Galleria Borghese, the Andersen Museum, the American Accademy in Rome, St. Paul’s Church, Cinecittà, Confindustria.
VITO NESTA is a designer who graduted in Interior Design in Florence; although originally from Puglia, he lives and works in Milan.
Designer, art director, interior decorator and artisan, he’s driven by his attraction to foreign culture, using his travels as a persistent form of inspiration. His creative thoughts are expressed through projects of graphic and product design, interior decor, photography and painting.
The companies which today showcase his work are Cadriano, Devon & Devon, Effetto Vetro, Fratelli Majello, Imarika, Karpeta, Les-Ottomans, Myhome Collection, Riva 1920, Roche Bobois, Texturae and Secondome.
ALESSANDRO ZAMBELLI lives and works in Mantua, Italy. He studied industrial design and materials engineering at the Cova School of Design in Milan, and his career took off at bathroom designer Agape in 2000. A few years later, in 2003, he founded Alessandro Zambelli Design Studio. Zambelli is a co-founder of Padiglione Italia, a designers’ collective which seeks to present the specifics of the Italian design scene. Zambelli has exhibited at the Beijing Design Week, Invito a Tavola (New York), the Tokyo Tableware Festival and F.O.O.D. (Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC) and other international design fairs.
He never sees his work purely as an exercise in style. He believes an inner soul must enliven every object .
HENZEL STUDIO is a Swedish luxury rug manufacturer established in 1999. Henzel Studio’s ethos is based on the artistic practice of Calle Henzel, founder and creative director. Over the past twenty years, he has translated his artistic practice as painter and collage artist into the medium at hand, positioning Henzel Studio as one of the most progressive luxury rug brands in the world.
“Henzel Studio has as a result, along with Calle Henzel’s body of work, established itself as the leading brand for contemporary fine art rugs worldwide”.
Richard Prince (born 1949)[1] is an American painter and photographer. Starting from 1977 Price cames to be considered as one of the pioneers of the contemporary art’s appropriation, making road for a genre called “rephotography”.

LORENZA BOZZOLI was born in Milan, were she currently lives and works. She attends the Academy of Brera, and moves in New York, starting her experience inside the fashion field with the first self-produced lines. Returned to Milan she works with Elio Fiorucci and companies like Basile, Camper, Sergio Rossi, Plein Sud. Her interest moves then toward the world of design, articulating her own job through a vast series of collaborations with brands as Alessi, Moooi, Dedon, Tato, Spazio Pontaccio and Slamp.
GIO TIROTTO Everything he designs comes from the attention towards what’s around him, living or inanimate. If there is a limit between art and design, he tries to erase it and re-design all the existing complicity among human beings and objects. This is the reason why he believes that rituals, memory and imagination are often the essential function of things.
ANALOGIA PROJECT is the result of collaboration between designer Andrea Mancuso and architect Emilia Serra. After their degree in Italy, they met at the Royal College of Art , London, in 2010. Andrea Mancuso is a designer with a long experience with design product both on one-off and large scale production. His visual language is based on a sense of irony and surprise. Emilia Serra is an architect and a researcher at RCA focused on how to combine 3d digital technologies with traditional craftsmanship skills in order to help their valorization. Their design studio approach is based on exploring the everydayness and turning it into wonderment. Everyday space and objects represent ourselves, our past and memory, they embody our history and culture. Starting from entities that are normally taken for granted, they use everyday space and objects as a source of inspiration, wonder and surprise. Their methodology is experimental and based on the conservation and development of traditional craftsmanship skills combined with contemporary digital technologies. Their works, being installations, products or interiors, have a strong narrative connotation and each project is a pretext to tell a new story to people.

MATTEO CIBIC Matteo Cibic (1983) is an Italian designer and creative director. He is known for his objects with hybrid functions and anthropomorphic and joyful shapes. He works indiscriminately with industrial processes and small artisans, for luxury brands, collectors and hi-tech companies. His most known projects are the Domsai terrariums, 10A clothing range and the Tim Towers in Rome.
His works are displayed in museums, institutions and galleries worldwide.
In 2017 he won the EDIDA prize (Elle Décor International Design Award) in the Young Design Talent of the Year category.

HILLSIDEOUT is a joint studio by Andrea Zambelli and Nat Wilms which came to life in 2009 out of a mutual concern and discomfort for the degradation of abandoned sites in the Italian Apennines. Hillsideout expresses the need to transform the state of uselessness but also forgotten stories into practical functionality. The ancient, mainly medieval, mountain villages but also journeys abroad are the starting point for transforming the past into “living memory”. Hillsideout brings the past into the present in the form of uniquely handcrafted contemporary furniture.
PAOLO POLLONIATO Born in 1979 in Nove, a small town situated between Venice and Vicenza, famous for its production of ceramics.
From six genarations, his family has been linked to the art of painting and creation of italian artistic ceramics. He attended the university of fine art in Venice and he obtained his diploma in 2007. At the moment, he lives and work in Nove (Italy).
DOC was born in 2009 following more than 30 years experience in working with leather and its variations of its founder, Domenico Calautti. A company that grew in time, ranging from leatherworks to upholstering, maintaining the same passion for craftsmanship and care for the details. The skill in cutting and working the high quality leathers has brought the company to produce precious leather objects and to collaborate with prestigious luxury firms, crafting yacht’s furnitures, refined bags for Ferrari and Audi and the interiors for Pagani Huayra.
Secondome Design Gallery is a design platform that focuses on worldwide emerging designers and innovative projects. For ten years, the Gallery has been dedicating its installation space to the design works it hosts; each piece, as a collection or limited edition series, speaks louder than words in its whimsical nature of subject versus material. Mostly handmade products, honoring the craft and practice of contemporary artisanship, reflect the traditional values of design whilst breaking the mold of lifeless objects d’art. More than just a gallery, Secondome Edizioni, since April 2008, has also established itself as a brand by producing its own collection of design objects working closely with its designers. Emphasizing on a Made in Italy brand, most of our production is hand-crafted locally. Secondome works have been displayed in some of the most important museums of the world: The Vitra Museum in Germany, The Shanghai Museum of Glass, The Grand Hornu in Belgium, La Triennale in Milan, The New Museum in New York.
Claudia Pignatale, Founder and Creative Director of Secondome Design Gallery, has dynamically dedicated her passion for art and design since 2008. She actively collaborates with international young designers under 40, along with her constant pursuit of discovering new talents and emerging artists to launch. Claudia’s mission is to turn Secondome Design Gallery and Secondome Edizioni into a pivotal center of attraction and spotlight for designers
in Italy and abroad with her attendance in international design fairs. Based in the artistic neighborhood of Trastevere, she is determined to place Rome back on the map of the international design scene and export design and Italian’s artisans’ expertise around the world through its collections.

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