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The restless objects of Jonathan Bocca

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Giorgia Massari
Jonathan Bocca | Collater.al

In the sphere of Italian collectible design, there is the young designer Jonathan Bocca (1998), originally from Lucca and a graduate of the IED in Florence in I terior and Furniture Design. We have already had the opportunity to see and talk about his creations, which oscillate between sculpture and design, at Alcova during this year’s Milan Design Week and at ADI Design Museum, during the exhibition A New Collective Landscape. What is striking about Bocca’s work is undoubtedly his ability to combine functionality with a contemporary aesthetic, as well as his skilful use of recycled materials. In fact, the designer can be defined as a ‘paper sculptor‘. His works are made entirely of papier-mâché and from tomorrow, July 26th, they will be exhibited in his hometown of Lucca, in the wonderful location of the art gallery and restaurant Olio su Tavola. The title of the exhibition – Torno a casa (I’m going home) – refers to his return to the city, aimed at re-establishing a bond with an area closely linked to paper.

Jonathan Bocca | Collater.al

Jonathan Bocca often calls his creations ‘restless objects‘ because of their appearance. «They are witty and extravagant, ambiguous and unique creatures, the size of which has increased proportionally with the consolidation of the manufacturing technique,» he tells us. The series presented in Lucca consists mainly of small table candle holders, lamps and chandeliers, some three metres wide. Their bizarre shapes, clearly organic and animal inspired, contrast with the often garish monochrome colour scheme. A clear example is the red-coloured floor lamp, which has a body structure similar to that of a giraffe but, likewise, features a large lampshade reminiscent of Elizabethan collars. Another example is the purple chandelier, whose multiple ‘arms’ culminate in a bulb. The inspiration from nature is evident, on the one hand they could refer to the branches of a tree and on the other to the shape of sea corals.

Jonathan Bocca | Collater.al

Behind the amusing aesthetics, Jonathan Bocca’s restless objects have the intention of «spreading the conscious and ecological use of materials used to produce objects, breaking away from the canon of industrial design» – comments Bocca – «It’s time for designers to take responsibility for their actions, in a planet that has been destroyed far too much by the hand of Man, with a view to an increasingly circular design. This is how we must rethink our future.»

The exhibition is open from August 18th to September 29th

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