The conceptual illustrations by Andrea Ucini

The conceptual illustrations by Andrea Ucini

Collater.al Contributors · 3 years ago · Art

Andrea Ucini, Florentine, 42 years old, emigrated to Denmark in search of fortune or to pursue the promise of a fertile environment and hospitable policies, it began as a composer.
Always interested in any artistic medium, Andrea through his portraits spreads ideas, words and feelings that are difficult to express.

Almost like a latent love that has always been there, but no one knows what name to give it, Andrea, as he tells me, decided to gather its work and try with the illustration in the literal sense.

His drawings have very iconic titles that recall the movie’s one, but especially television; just think of the dystopian nouvelle vague on Netflix that in the TV series staged neuroses and conflicts of modern man – and there are many questions that Andrea arises through his drawings and the titles he chooses.

I am very interested in how the world works,” he says, “and I am very critical and curious in all respects. My works take shape from a message that I try to make visible and consistent with the reality that surrounds us, without falling too much in the Surrealism “.

In the illustration that takes as its subject an invisible Trump  evoked only by the title and its foreign policy, Andrea tells me about how he “tried to make the conceptreal“, in the way that if every action creates a consequence, an itch – in this case Mexico for Trump – becomes something that annoys and everyone try to eliminate (the shoe that rubs the other one leg).”

But there is a certain underlying melancholy in his drawings.
And we can feel it by the dark colors.

Compared to the current trend, especially in drawings, which wants to be a part of a direct and uncompromising black and white, and other pastel colors, so unnerving for the delicacy they carry with them, his illustrations seem to talk to vintage photographs, to newspaper clippings and faded performance posters.

The choice of colors is not random and Andrea answer by saying that create “too much distance between an object and another through the colors bringing life to “a puzzle where you realize that the pieces are assembled to form an image, but only if it is observed at a certain distance “.

The desaturated colors have the power to condense everything and make it uniform to the eye. The eye glides looking message more easily and more naturally.

Are the colors and the modern conflicts staged gently, to make the work of Andrea something you never tire of watching.

It comes to my mind a truth unearthed by chance in a text by Albert Camus – The Rebel – to describe the work of Andrea: “Beauty, no doubt, does not make revolutions. But a day will come when revolutions will have need of beauty.

That in the Andrea drawings never misses.

Le illustrazioni concettuali di Andrea Ucini | Collater.al
Le illustrazioni concettuali di Andrea Ucini | Collater.al
Le illustrazioni concettuali di Andrea Ucini | Collater.al
Le illustrazioni concettuali di Andrea Ucini | Collater.al
Le illustrazioni concettuali di Andrea Ucini | Collater.al
Le illustrazioni concettuali di Andrea Ucini | Collater.al
Le illustrazioni concettuali di Andrea Ucini | Collater.al
Le illustrazioni concettuali di Andrea Ucini | Collater.al
Le illustrazioni concettuali di Andrea Ucini | Collater.al
Le illustrazioni concettuali di Andrea Ucini | Collater.al

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The Mountain Refuge, the modular wooden shelter

The Mountain Refuge, the modular wooden shelter

Giulia Guido · 2 months ago · Design

The two architects of the studio Gnocchi+Danesi Architects have reinterpreted the traditional idea of shelter by designing and realizing The Mountain Refuge

It is a small, modular, prefabricated cabin with a simple, minimalist shape reminiscent of huts. The basic structure is made up of two modules that form a 24 square meter dwelling, but the architects added the possibility of incorporating an additional 12 square meters structure, reaching a total surface area of 36 square meters. 

The modular nature of The Mountain Refuge allows it to be built anywhere and on any surface, however, although the cabin does not need foundations, the architects specified that in the most extreme places it is recommended to place the structure on a concrete slab. 

Outside, the hut is completely covered with a layer of black pine cement, which not only gives it a mysterious, dark air, but also makes the structure waterproof; inside, on the other hand, the choice of leaving the plywood exposed immediately transforms The Mountain Refuge into a warm and welcoming place. The pride and joy of the project is the huge window that allows you to live in contact with nature while remaining safe both during the day and at night.  

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The Spy Glass, the beach cabin at JaK Studio

The Spy Glass, the beach cabin at JaK Studio

Giulia Guido · 2 months ago · Design

On the seafront of Eastbourne, an English summer resort less than an hour from Brighton, the JaK Studio has built a unique beach cabin. Called the Spy Glass, its design was based on the idea of constructing a structure reminiscent of the old typical British beach huts, but incorporating the convenience of modern design. 

Measuring 2 meters wide and 3 meters both in length and height, the Spy Glass offers inside all the comforts you need during a day at sea: outside there is a showerhead, while inside there is a bathroom, a locker where you can store your personal belongings and a cantilever bed. 

From the outside, the design of the Spy Glass is fun and fits perfectly into the landscape, and its shape is inspired by the classic coin-operated binoculars that are often found on piers and in seaside resorts. The JaK Studio has also taken over the swivel system from these disused objects. The cabin, in fact, is positioned on a platform that allows you to rotate the entire structure of 180°, giving you the opportunity to admire the coast, the beach, the promenade or the pier from the large window and to put yourself in favor of the sun. 

We think our beach hut will add something special to the coastline, at the same time it will fit in with the fabric of the traditional British seafront.

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Invisible House, the mirror house in California

Invisible House, the mirror house in California

Giulia Guido · 1 month ago · Design

Imagine the design and features of a New York skyscraper reproduced in the middle of the desert. Designer Tomas Osinski and film producer Chris Hanley not only imagined this strange combination but also created it by presenting the Invisible House

Located in the middle of the famous Joshua Tree National Park, the house was built on a series of reinforced concrete pillars and is completely horizontal. The name of the Invisible House comes from its exterior design, in fact the house is completely covered with tempered glass panes that reflect the surrounding environment. From the outside, therefore, the house seems almost to disappear among the rocks and shrubs, while from inside the windows allow you to enjoy the landscape at 360° from any room. 

The plan of the Invisible House is rectangular, long and narrow, and in addition to housing a kitchen, a living room, a dining room, 4 bedrooms and bathrooms, inside there is also a 30 meter long swimming pool that occupies half of the living area. 

Even the furniture designed by the designer and the manufacturer takes up the clean and minimalist style of the architecture, which in addition to fit perfectly into the landscape has allowed to reduce the environmental impact as much as possible. On the roof, which like the house has an area of just over 500 square metres, both a photovoltaic system and a water heating system have been installed. 

The Invisible House can be rented for overnight stays, but also for events, shooting and filming. 

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A wall of stained glass between Parisian boulevards

A wall of stained glass between Parisian boulevards

Giulia Guido · 1 month ago · Art, Design

Imagine walking through the Parisian streets of the Rive Gauche when you take Boulevard Raspail and instead of walking past the walls of the buildings you find yourself looking at the reflection of the streets on a very long wall of stained glass. This is the latest work by architect Aldric Beckmann for the Embellir Paris initiative. 

Embellir Paris is a project aimed at all artists, collectives, students, designers, architects and art schools in Paris that aims to give new life to specific points of the city through the creation of installations and works. After a first selection in 2018, the 20 selected artists have started to design and realize their works. 

Aldric Beckmann’s work, entitled Tangram sur Raspail, was officially inaugurated at the beginning of the year, but only now (after the lockdown and with the arrival of the summer season) does it show its full potential. The work consists of a wall, also known as a landscape fresco, made by assembling enamelled glass panels, each of a different colour. 

The production of the panels was commissioned to the French company Sto, specialized in glass processing, while the choice of colors was the result of a careful study of the surrounding landscape. Every shade present in Aldric Beckmann’s work is in fact present in the street and in the neighborhood, in this way the installation becomes a real reinterpretation of the environment. 

In addition to bringing a touch of color to the Boulevard Raspail, Tangram sur Raspail reflects everything around it, from buildings to cars on the street, offering citizens and tourists a new vision of Paris. 

Go to the Embellir Paris website to discover all the other projects and Aldric Beckmann’s website to learn about the architect’s past work. 

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