an exhibition of Lanzavecchia + Wai (Francesca Lanzavecchia and Hunn Wai) for the Gallery SECONDOME Curated by Maria Cristina Didero

from November 20, 2013 to January 25, 2014
from 10AM to 7PM
Via Giovanni da Castel Bolognese , 81 – Rome
OPENING: November 20, 7 PM

The SECONDOME Gallery opens ROCK IT! , an exhibition devoted to the design studio Lanzavecchia + Wai, in the space of the gallery’s new headquarters at Via Giovanni da Castel Bolognese, Rome. In this show, there will also be the launch of a project commissioned by SECONDOME, entitled Rockers.

Francesca Lanzavecchia and Hunn Wai; she an Italian of Pavia, and he, born in London and residing in Singapore, met at the prestigious Design Academy Eindhoven and since then have continued to design together . Their practice is dedicated to experimentation and innovation, and pays particular attention to the choice of materials and manufacturing processes, some of which hand-made by skilled artisans in Asia .

Within the spaces of SECONDOME designer duo presents a selection of the most significant projects developed in recent years, and two new works commissioned by Claudia Pignatale, founder and artistic director of the gallery – and created for the occasion: Rocker n°1 & Rocker n°2. With these Rockers, Lanzavecchia + Wai demonstrate how children’s play, through a sophisticated design process, can be transformed into refined grown-up objects with meaning and intent.
These two objects combine skillful craftsmanship with serial production and highlight the heart of the interest that animates the work of the two designers.
Lanzavecchia + Wai point out: “Lightness is an oxymoron and a moving goal always beyond our grasp. If lightness is a dream it inevitably recalls the most ineffable of the inconsistencies: the wonderful time dedicated to the industrious, and at the same time lazy, play-game. To give substance/body to the lightness we asked the help of the Laws of Physics: Dynamics. The result, ironically enough to be playful, is the encounter between steel – the material emblematic of solidity – and one of the most beloved childhood icons. We can play “cowboy” as suggested by the material used for saddles, and so smile and be light (smile in a lighter way). Eventually the call of the time will convince you to come back to earth, transforming the rocker into a bench with its purpose-built stoppers. Is this a sculpture? The strength of the iron leaves no room for doubt. But it is a light sculpture. Indeed, very light. As light as the memory of the children.”

Making its debut as well is a collection of glass pieces entitled Circus, also commissioned and produced by SECONDOME, which will become part of the catalog editions of the gallery.
The exhibition ROCK IT! is the first solo show ofLanzavecchia + Wai, in Rome.

OpenDesignItalia , Wonder Design Award, the Rima Editrice Young Design 2011. Also in 2011, the couple was an Elita Fuorisalone Award finalist , and attended the Talents – Tendence Fair in Frankfurt. In 2008, Francesca was ranked fourth in the Oxygen festival organized by the Italian magazine Abitare.

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