Creators – The visionaries of tomorrow’s design – Interview with FORMAFANTASMA

Creators – The visionaries of tomorrow’s design – Interview with FORMAFANTASMA

Claire Lescot · 4 years ago · Design

When we talk about the designers Andrea Trimarchi and Simone Farresin we immediately think of a brain drain. After graduating from the Design Academy in Eindhoven, the consecrated European incubator for talent, they decided to open their Formafantasma studio in Amsterdam.

Their approach is conceptual and takes into account historical and socio-political implications and their works end up in circuits that have little to do with industrial production. The consumption of the product is not the main purpose for which they draw, in fact, sometimes there is not even a drawing. Many of their objects are able to obtain a shape only during processing. The form is, therefore, less than the search, hence the name: Formafantasma (In English: ghost–shape).

Many works are worthy of note but the most interesting for us are : the objects with an organic form produced with the molten lava of the Etna (that looks like glass), the stools of skin of fish wolf or salmon, the carafes and lamps of dried bovine bladder (all waste from the food industry), ecological plastic pots made of wood fibers and animal proteins (a type of natural plasticization deriving from a processing method from the end of the 18th century) and furniture components resulting from electronic waste .

Atypical about creative and visionary processes regarding reuse and innovation, the duo is ready to revive the concept of design in the world

A Venetian and a Sicilian, the deep north and the deep south that meet. Where did it happen and what is the common denominator that has kept you connected?

We met during our B.A. in Florence, then we started working together and we applied for the Master at Design Academy in Eindhoven as a team. It was the first time this was happening and the head of the IM Master Gijs Bakker has been so open minded to understand this could work. We graduated with a joint project. When we work everything is really organic and sometimes there are a lot of discussions. But that is also the nice part. We communicate in our own way and we understand and trust each other. Working in a couple give you the possibility to look at your work with more objectivity. Our projects are the result of a process of distillation of ideas. We, as designers, work almost like filters and know where we start but never where we will end

Where does the name Formfantasma come from?

We had this name in mind since we started working together really at the early beginning. If you translate it into English it means ghost shape. It is actually pointing out how our work is not driven by a formal research but more by a conceptual approach

Your work is 90% research and 10% form. What is your idea regarding the aesthetics?

In all honesty, we are not preoccupied with aesthetic. We are aware our objects share a common visual sensibility but this is not what we are busy within the studio. The formal aspect of our work is much more intuitive and it can evolve or change depending on the ideas we are channeling

What is your intention as designers?

As designers every time we start a new project or we investigate a material our first intention is to questions stereotypes and cliché. Often more than giving solutions we propose questions or possible alternatives. To give you an example, with Botanica we investigated pre-industrial polymers and translate them into a collection of handmade vessels. If plastics are used for their perfect surfaces we are crafting them by hand. Where industrial evolution have discarded this materials and researches in favor of petrol-based polymers, we are revisiting the potentials of underestimated materials. More, in general, we believe the role of a designer is to respond to social and cultural necessities of a society. A designer should be critical and with the ability to open up possibilities and new ways of intending design as a discipline

We’d like to hear your thought about sustainable design

Sustainability is a beautiful idea, nevertheless, it is the reassuring response of the economy to the ecological crisis. In all honesty, there is nothing sustainable about capitalism or production and consumption. We are more interested in the idea of ecology. As a word is much more complex and inclusive. In the next years of design education, we would love to see designers rethinking the discipline not anymore as a tool to improve only the life of humans but more looking at the planet earth as a whole with all its complexity and multi-species cohabitation. Recently we have studied the electronics recycling industry to understand if it was possible to recover components or materials in both developed and developing countries. Our work is evolving and taking on more responsibility. We will deepen this and other aspects at the next exhibition of Paola Antonelli Broken Nature.

Do you think it’s too early to ask you to spend a few words about your exhibition at the Serpentine Galleries scheduled for 2020?

Yes, It is too early to talk about it. In any case, it will be about ecology and it will deal with design beyond furniture design. Also, it will be a collaborative exhibition: we will feature works of other practitioners so as to create links between design and other disciplines

As a true Italian, I can not close the interview without asking you what is your favorite dish

Our favorite food is pasta aglio olio peperoncino. Almost everybody can afford it, its good, simple and with no useless ingredients. We love to top it with muddica (the Sicilian tradition of baking some bread crumbs)

 

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Jared Leto will be Karl Lagerfeld in a biopic about the French couturier

Jared Leto will be Karl Lagerfeld in a biopic about the French couturier

Andrea Tuzio · 2 months ago · Style

According to WWD, Jared Leto will play visionary French couturier Karl Lagerfeld in a biopic produced by Paradox, the production company of Emma Ludbrook and Leto himself, along with the House of Karl Lagerfeld foundation.

The film’s executive producers will be the designer’s close collaborators Pier Paolo Righi, Caroline Lebar and Sébastien Jondeau. All three of these key figures in Lageferld’s life have held prominent roles in the French fashion designer’s work for more than 20 years, so who better than them to assist Leto in making the film. 

For now, there are no details regarding the plot of the film, but what is known is that the focus will be on what was Lagerfeld’s inner circle through a unique point of view.

“Karl had a career that spanned 50-plus years so both personally and professionally he was close to a number of people. I can say we are going to home in on key relationships that convey different parts of his life”, Leto said in the exclusive interview with WWD.

Over the years, we have been approached by several Hollywood producers who suggested to partner on a movie about Karl’s iconic life, Pier Paolo Righi said in a statement released by Deadline. “It has been only since we met Jared and Emma that we felt truly confident about the story being told in the artistic way Karl would have loved to see. Throughout our conversations, we have created an equally trustful and inspiring creative relationship that will allow us to work together very fluidly on this beautiful project”.

All we have to do is wait!

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Rosalía is the new face of Acne Studios

Rosalía is the new face of Acne Studios

Andrea Tuzio · 2 months ago · Style

For three years now, Rosalía has been one of the strongest artists on the face of the earth. 
After eight Latin Grammys, ten number-one singles in Spain, your still-ongoing worldwide and her own radio station in Grand Theft Auto Online, the Spanish singer has become the new face of Acne Studios’ new Fall/Winter 2022 campaign.

Shot and filmed by Dutch photographer Paul Kookier, the campaign consists of a series of very intimate shots where the Spanish artist is immortalized as a true muse. 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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“When I pose for a photographer, I always try to be myself but also try to channel an energy”, explained Rosalía who added: ”What appealed to me the most about working with Paul [Kooiker] was that he has an atemporal style, his pictures could have been taken when photography was invented. But, at the same time, he transmits a freshness of the moment. His pictures are badass”.

“I love how bold but elegant everything is. To me, Acne Studios is a brand that takes care with the fabrics, the colors, the textures – everything is so well thought through, impeccable and fresh”, Rosalía said about the Swedish brand.

“The campaign tried to capture Rosalía in a way she is rarely seen”, explained Kookier, who then added: “While shooting the videos, I discovered that her movements were so strong and confident that we continued this way of working for the stills. The approach was to shoot the contemporary collection in a timeless and historical atmosphere”.

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Palace’s infamous product descriptions in a book

Palace’s infamous product descriptions in a book

Andrea Tuzio · 2 months ago · Style

Palace is set to release Drop 2 of Fall 2022, scheduled for Friday, Oct. 14
In addition to the classic outerwear, sweatshirts, T-shirts, caps, and pants, the British skateboard brand has unveiled a book destined to become an absolute cult among fans, the title is Palace Product Descriptions: The Selected Archive

Published by Phaidon,the book was edited entirely by Palace founder Lev Tanju and is the official, printed archive of the infamous online product descriptions. Since its inception, Palace has always used descriptions that often had nothing to do with the product itself and were totally out of context and decidedly unconventional, chock-full of humor, social satire, strong opinions, and no-nonsense.

The Edinburgh-born writer, poet and literary critic Sam Buchan-Watts, was asked to write the preface, who, in the very preface to Palace Product Descriptions: The Selected Archive, scrive: “Ludwig Wittgenstein claimed that a serious philosophical work could be written entirely of jokes: we might now add product descriptions”.

Divided by points and strictly all in capital letters, the book consists of more than 3,000 descriptions divided into 22 sui generis categories, such as: “anatomy,” “animals,” “etiquette,” “philanthropy,” “romance,” “travel,” and many others, plus product photos of course. 

Palace Product Descriptions: The Selected Archive will be available starting October 14 from both Palace’s web shop and Phaidon’s website for €40.

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Supreme and The North Face rocked again

Supreme and The North Face rocked again

Andrea Tuzio · 2 months ago · Style

Right on time like every year these days, came the new collaboration between Supreme and The North Face for the seventh drop of Fall 2022 from the skateboard brand founded by James Jebbia.

Unlike the previous collabs, however, this one seems to have something more in all aspects, both at the creative and communicative level and from a materials point of view. 
The choice made by the two brands involved was to go digging into old joint ventures and restore contemporaneity to the aesthetic choices made in previous years. 

In the Supreme/The North Face Fall 2022 collection we find the fur print of the Nuptse from Fall 2013, or the map print from Spring/Summer 2014 and then again paisley, camo, denim in short, a look at the past but projecting everything into the future.

This collection represents The North Face’s first release under the creative direction of Tremaine Emory, and the direction taken is immediately apparent. 
The collaboration winks at the world of motocross, but all the garments in the collection can be worn regardless of context and look flawless perfectly within the contemporary urban context. 

The Fall 2022 Supreme/The North Face collaboration will be released online and in Supreme stores on Thursday, October 13.

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