Inaugurated 9 January 2017, the exhibition explores the constant dialogue between designers and craftsmen with a contemporary vision, the foundation of modern collecting. It is through this concept that L’Albero della Vita (The Tree of Life) by Lladrò is brought to life. The leading porcelain brand has chosen the avant-garde Mexican spirit of Milena Muzquiz to interpret more than 60 years of history built on eclectic forms and vibrant colors. The exhibition features limited edition pieces from: - Cristina Celestino for BottegaNove - Clare Page and Harry Richardson for Lladrò - Coralla Maiuri - Giorgia Zanellato and Daniele Bortotto - Jaime Hayon for Bosa - Karin Karinson for Salvatore Lanteri - Matteo Cibic - Maison Margiela - Marcantonio Raimondi Malerba for Seletti - Maurizio Galante - Milena Muzquiz for Lladrò (selected by Fernanda Hernandez Franco) - Nicola Falcone and Ludwig Hartmann - Paolo Polloniato for Editamateria - Vito Nesta
CELESTIALI ROCCIATORI Coralla Maiuri
Rare poetry used to interpret nature At the heart of Coralla Maiuri’s work are “domestic” environments, recognizable and also extraneous, where there is the smell of burning wood in the air. The transition from idea to form is a spiritual process for the artists. Her works become a shuttle that transport you to another dimension. “As a child I lived in the countryside and took the clay from the river to create animals and bowls. I am right back there now.” - Coralla Maiuri Coralla Maiuri expresses her art through different mediums such as painting, video and installations. All her works express the idea that the environment we live in always emanates a sense of restless serenity so that we can travel by just being still.
DUCK Jaime Hayon for Bosa
A new interpretation of a celebrated icon Jaime Hayon reinterprets the Duck by Bosa, originally presented as part of ‘The Mediterranean Digital Baroque’ project at the David Gill Gallery in London (October 2013). Designed by Hayon for Bosa, the Brilliant Ceramics exclusive features an illusionary graphic, that reflects the eclectic aesthetic of the artist. “We are extremely passionate about research, and are constantly looking to find the most original and tasteful objects among the many projects that we evaluate. It is always a great pleasure to work with Jaime. His sophisticated décor inspires us to push boundaries and to experiment with new materials, including ceramics.” - Francesca Bosa For Bosa, with each new projects comes an exciting challenge that tests there technical know-how. The result is a promise to enhance and understand the different forms of expression linked to the contemporary world. Jaimie Hayon‘s esteem and knowledge of artisan skills and his inherent creativity has allowed him to push the boundaries of many mediums and functions, resulting in collections for very diverse clients. Bosa produces unique, recognizable and high-quality objects using precise techniques. All of the objects and furnishings are created at the Maison Bosa and express an endless experimentation of the possibilities that ceramics offers, as well as an in depth knowledge of craftsmanship.
METAFORMA Paolo Polloniato for Editamateria
Different fragments become surrealist forms Metaforma is the result of the metamorphosis of thought into matter. The project fuses models found in Belgium with traditional Italian designs, eliminating their old functions and creating something entirely new. “The sculpture comes from a personal approach to the practice of ceramics. The history of the city where I live is deeply connected with the evolution of the art form, that has existed for more than three centuries” – Paolo Polloniato Paolo Polloniato’s respect for his family’s long-history of ceramics is shown through his passionate work which combines traditional Nove practices with his own unique artist vision. “Following the fusion between artist and craftsman - guiding them, accompanying them and supporting them - is part of my work. - Silvia Ariemma, Editamateria. Paolo Polloniato is the last scion of a dynasty of master craftsmen who have been dedicating their lives, since the early XIX century, to the ceramic tradition of Nove, with a contemporary approach. Editamateria works on the relationship between creativity and the culture of know-how he collection stems from Italian designers’ excellence in craftsmanship and the shaping of unique design insights to capture the preciousness of objects that have been hand-crafted by man.
ELEPHANTS WALKING Clare Page & Harry Richardson for Lladrò
Dream and reality take form in a single suggestive scene Elephants Walking is part of the “Animals in an Unreal World” collection inspired by “Animal Kingdom”, a film directed by David Michod. The gold accents simulate the flow of water, giving this statuette image an ethereal and joyful appeal. “What we do for Lladrò, is what we loved to do most: take objects that have already fulfilled the function for which they were created and give them new life.” - Clare Page and Harry Richardson Clare Page and Harry Richardson graduated from the Liverpool School of arts and are serial collectors of figurines, cups, vases and different decorative objects. For the designers, each piece tells its own story, that is both magical and surreal. ‘Pragmatism and imagination,’ is the pairs motto and at the heat of each of their creations. Lladrò was founded in 1953 by Juan, José and Vicente Lladró. Every piece is the result of a laborious artistic process. To this day, the sculptors follow their own inspiration but also follow the leadership of the brand and if the work requires it, a meticulous process of research and documentation.
MATRYOSHKA Maison Margiela
A ceaseless dialogue between form and matter The Parisian fashion house builds a bridge between past and present, transforming the traditional Matryoshka doll into a clinically white contemporary design. Clean lines and a lack of a distinctive graphic define the clinically white creation. Craftsmanship lies at the heart of Margiela’s new direction, firmly within the world of haute couture. Excellence. One-of-a-kind. Contamination between art and fashion. Galliano is heavily influenced by the world of art, reinterpreting it through a contemporary lense. The result is a harmonious balance of old and new, an avantguarde story. Maison Margiela is one of a kind. After studying at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp, Margiela showed his first collection in 1989. From that moment his unwavering vision to evade conventional marketing and focus on the craft of clothing was potently clear. In the 20 years since, Margiela and his team have created some of the most influential and directional collections in fashion history. A true icon.
ZUCCHINO Matteo Cibic
Crazy genius in the form of a hat Zucchino represents the ideas of a visionary design wizard who creates his own narrative inspired by fairy tales. Matteo Cibic, and his special universe of ceramics, makes dreams into reality, transforming every object into a wonderful surprise. “The piece is my reinterpretation of the hat worn by the Little Prince, the only book I ever read. Underneath the hat drawn by the Prince there was an elephant. Zucchino is my protagonist, and to help people understand that I also had to draw him, making changes to the piece before it was finished.” - Matteo Cibic Matteo Cibic works with his team of designers to develop pieces and creative ideas not only for private collectors, but international companies as well. Using an experimental approach to create his designs, he blends various materials and production techniques for the formation of truly intriguing pieces with a twist of surreal.
I PUTTI Vito Nesta
A new image that exudes beauty and the true essence of traditionalism Vito Nesta transforms his fascination with the Fratelli Majello brothers rich history of craftsmanship into a classic piece, realized using traditional Capodimonte porcelain techniques. Legend becomes history, mythology transforming the cherubs from ethereal symbols into modern figures. The artist reinterpreted the brothers’ original design, using random brush strokes of gold to create space and replacing the garlands with elements related to the sea. “I have always been fascinated by stories, in particular beautiful ones. I have always been fascinated by the work of Fratelli Majello, especially in a period where we need items that celebrate beauty and craftsmanship. This opportunity gave me the chance to give new life to the old molds that where sitting disused in the factory.“ - Vito Nesta Vito Nesta is a designer, art director, interior decorator and craftsman. Images suspended between design and craftsmanship form a practical method full of wisdom that touches the very soul of creativity define his work
STRUFFOLI Maurizio Galante
A contamination between Haute Couture, art and pastry Struffoli embodies the richness of embroidery with the softness of freshly backed dough cakes, spall sprinkled with colored sugar pearls. The eclectic couturier transitions seamlessly from the world of design to that of ceramics, calling on his own personal history to create a unique and modern design piece. Terracotta cylinders of all sizes are dressed in a crochet of steel wire, and adorned with metal and glass beads, individually applied by hand. “The ‘Struffoli’ have been my favorite Christmas treat, since early childhood. They remind me of my youth, and preparations for the great Christmas dinner. My grandfather prepared the party with great care: every ingredient was chose with love and attention, telling endless stories as he worked.” - Maurizio Galante Maurizio Galante is a Paris-based Italian/French couturier with a career spanning more than 25 years. His skill as a designer has allowed him to crossover into different disciplines including fashion, furniture, interiors and lighting.
INTRECCI Giorgia Zanellato & Daniele Bortotto for Lanzarin Ceramiche
An homage to traditional ceramic manifacturing techniques Intrecci by Zanellato and Bortotto symbolizes a historic shift in the production of ceramic fruit baskets that, similar to the work of Caravaggio, uses inanimate objects as message bearers. The piece is the result of a collaboration with Lanzarin Ceramiche, a workshop renowned for its use of a rare technique exclusive to the Veneto region, ‘a fettucia.’ “We started with a series of sketches before moving onto the repertoire of classical pieces. The final result is the culmination of many attempts and prototypes, realized in close collaboration with the ceramists who crafted the piece.” - Giorgia Zanellato and Daniele Bortotto Giorgia Zanellato and Daniele Bortotto met in Lausanne, Switzerland, where they both studied product design at ECAL. Zanellato/Bortotto Studio was founded in Treviso, Italy, in 2014. The pair have collaborated with several Italian and International brands and their work has been exhibited in galleries and museums worldwide.
UN-READY Karin Karinson for Salvatore Lanteri
Values, tradition, hope and contradiction Common objects that intersect one another. Mass produced objects that individually are worthless but together stimulate strongly recognized feelings, references and notions of time. “I’m attracted to the way scenes of life that are different from my own are portrayed, a romantic view of life. My ceramics allow me to explore each object’s symbolic value through their humorous anonymity. I’m attached to the idea that small mass-produced pieces can somehow hold projects, dreams or life stories.” - Karin Karinson Karin Karinson is a sculptural artist based in Gothenburg, Sweden. She combines industrially produced and handmade elements, abstract shapes and real objects in amorphous composite sculptural devices and at the same time is part of a larger ensemble. Galleria Salvatore Lanteri investigates the intersection between art, design and the applied arts through the work of emerging and international artists. The gallery began with a focus on ceramics, in particular new forms of expression.
PLUMAGE Cristina Celestino for BottegaNove
An alchemy between experimentation and fascinating textures Plumage, designed and manufactured by Cristina Celestino for BottegaNove, is a tale of ceramic petals that invade the walls recreating a timeless world. “I was very emotional the first time I visited the BottegaNove workshop, and immediately impressed by the way in which the liquid material was transformed into wall tiles. At the very heart of the discipline, is a very precise process, a ritual that follows specific rules passed down through generations. The opening of the furnace is a very cathartic moment for an artist. Almost as if the furnace is a god that decides the fate of the production,” - Cristina Celestino A design philosophy founded in extreme discipline and reason that resonates on an emotional level. A consistent approach that renders BottegaNove’s evocative products entirely unique. Cristina Celestino, architect and curator of creative direction for BottegaNove. She has participated in a number of exhibitions in Italy and abroad, and her products can be found in the Permanent Collection of Italian Design of the Triennale, Milan. BottegaNove specializes in the production of one of the greatest Italian crafts, ceramic and porcelain mosaics. Since the 1700s, the company has developed a dynamic approach to design procedures. The tiles Plumage ceramic mosaic tile sheets feather shaped transform areas by creating contemporary scenarios that are rich in content and history.
SECRET Nicola Falcone & Ludwig Hartmann
A noble and elegant piece inspired by the 1920s A soup bowl, connected to the world of the surreal, by a golden hand that holds its lid. A striking contrast created by the humanization of forms and tradition. Shape and color interact with each other resulting in a striking piece by Falcone and Hartmann. “For a designer the journey from idea to form is the most exciting part. Often, during the construction, the piece will change shape creating a conflict between the artist’s idea and the manual work needed to realize it. The ceramists that work for us are from Montelupo Fiorentino, an area with a history that can be followed back to the Renaissance.“ - Nicola Falcone Nicola Falcone and Ludwig Hartmann produce furniture handmade by Florentine artisans. Their mission is the innovation and experimentation of raw materials such as brass, iron, marble, alabaster, leather, glass and other materials closely connected to the history of Florence.