From Ideas to Forms
An Exhibition curated by Valentina Guidi Ottobri
for LUISAVIAROMA (all the images and contents are reserved)
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
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.
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.
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’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.
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.
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
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.
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
“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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.