Young Designer Store, our interview with the young designer Terence Coton

Young Designer Store, our interview with the young designer Terence Coton

Collateral Crew · 3 years ago · Design

Young Designer Store is an initiative of Amazon Italia and Istituto Marangoni created to promote four of the best young talents of the Design School in Milan and their furniture and furnishing objects.

Matteo Agati, Gustavo Martini, Térence Coton e Giulio Maschiocchihave created a variety of products, all enclosed in a capsule collection in limited edition, and revised others belonging to the best brands of Italian design as Kreaton, Carlo Citterio, A4A Design, Caps, The Interior Design , Flaminia and Hands on Design.

At the Salone del Mobile, in the pavilion reserved for them for the entire fair duration, we met one of them, the designer Térence Coton with which we had a chat, some pictures and a short interview.

How did your passion for design start and how your creative process work?

Design is part of everybody’s life but for a creative person like me, to design means to act.
‘Doing’ is one of the most exciting moment of a designer. When, Finally, after a series of decisions, one unique solution
emerges from the chaos and imposes itself as it responds to all the constraints.
I have always been passionated for creative activities such as playing piano, drawing, and later doing architecture.
The possibility to bring my own palette of competencies and use it the way I want is the ultimate activity for me.
When I was younger I studied piano at the conservatory and spent many hours drawing. Later I became an architect and even
later a designer. Design gives back much faster than the other fields in my case and allows me to fully express my ideas

At first I isolate myself and start to identify my knowledge of the subject by writing words on paper, connecting them, as a sort
of mind map. Then, as much as possible, I like to avoid drawing anything for some weeks to focus on crafting a concept in my mind.
During this phase I eventually start to take a direction with a concept. At this moment I can start to draw and fill my bin with all the excess
designs that will never be. At this time I do control on internet if anything similar already exists to avoid the unpleasant.

The story behind a design is often full of anecdotes, however one story remains the same for all of my designs.
The amount of solutions left in the trash are a good indicator of the progress that I am making.
A I studied Architecture in The Netherlands and in France and Italy and studied later Design in Italy, I am
bringing together my knowledge of Dutch, French and Italian Design to create something new.

For the initiative promoted by Istituto Marangoni and Amazon you’ve created a decanter, what’s the difference between yours and the others?

Each of us created very different capsule collections. We all come from different places and have a different history that influences our design. It is not just
a question of style. A style can be borrowed, but our objects express who we are in a consistent way.

The decanter 360° is a design that is created in collaboration with Venetian artisans. It is created by using the larger glass tube that the artisan have, in order to
create to maximize the surface area of the wine in contact with the air. One bottle of wine occupies half of the base of the decanter. The neck is large enough
to ease the pouring in the decanter and out of it.
To create this shape I drew many different profiles and used a 3D software to create a 360° revolution and get its shape in 3D, after making 30 of them I decided to use it for the name. This design was a challenge both for me and the artisans that realized it but it brought us a true satisfaction as it is a great decanter for wine amateurs. It is unique and not just another beautiful object. It is a true object ready for use.

What do you think about the opportunity of selling your products on Amazon, you think it might be a good showcase for your work and your future?

This project offers to millions of people the possibility to get their hands on limited pieces of design. Not everybody is willing to run everywhere to look for this piece of design that they need. I completely embrace this opportunity because it finally provides a new alternative to a part of the market that seems doomed to belong only for an elite. The white background of each products may seem cold but is a fair representation of how democratical this project is. Each product is stripped of its context and exposed to the world.

To have such objects of design with their own Amazon window is unbelievably innovative and I am convinced that it is an excellent showcase for my creations and the future.
It is the ultimate way to speak for the younger generation that is the one ready for such practice.

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Art is Resistance – Mauro Gatti

Art is Resistance – Mauro Gatti

Giulia Pacciardi · 3 months ago · Art

Monday will start a new week of Art is Resistance, the charity project curated by Collater.al, with a new artist, a new artwork and a live performance on Instagram.
After the illustrators Ale Giorgini, Osvaldo Casanova, Fernando Cobelo, Gianluca Folì, Johnny Cobalto, Francesco Poroli, the artist who will perform live and put his work up for auction is Mauro Gatti.

In the last few weeks many artists have taken turns on our and your screens, all belonging to a different world, but all with the same goal: to help the Lombardy region to cope with the health emergency caused by Covid-19.

While you’re waiting for the live broadcast with Mauro Gatti, who will connect from Los Angeles where he lives and works, take a tour of all the active auctions, including that of the designer Erasmo Ciufo who closed last week’s Art is Resistance.

MAURO GATTI – on Collater.al‘s Instagram profile and on his profile from 4:00 pm on 13.04.2020

Originally from Italy, I Live in LA where everyone surfs except me.
I have 15+ years award-winning creative career (including a 2017 Emmy Award for Best Interactive) and I love ideas, innovation, pizza and dogs.
I love to make people happy with my art across all kinds of projects, from illustration to creative direction, children’s books and game design.
In 2018 I created The Happy Broadcast, a counter hate and fear culture project where I feature positive news from around the world.
A visual antidote to the doom and gloom we see and hear in the media.

On Monday 13th, Mauro Gatti will be live on our Instagram profile and on his staff and will work on an ad-hoc illustration that, as soon as finished, will be auctioned on 32actions where he will stay for a month.

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Art is Resistance – Marco Mazzoni

Art is Resistance – Marco Mazzoni

Giulia Pacciardi · 3 months ago · Art

After yesterday’s live show with illustrator Mauro Gatti, the second artist to take part in Art is Resistance is Marco Mazzoni.

Like all the artists involved in the charity project that we have been curating for three weeks now, Marco has decided to make available to the Lombardy region one of his artworks created ad hoc for this occasion.
At the end of the month, in fact, all proceeds from the auctions you are participating in will be donated to the region to help doctors and nurses to work safely despite the health emergency that sees them on the front line.

Tomorrow at 15:00 we will upload Marco’s artwork on 32auctions but also the making-of of the work on our Instagram profile.
While you’re waiting, take a tour HERE and participate in the auctions already underway by the end of April!

MARCO MAZZONI – on Collater.al’s Instagram profile and on his profile from 15:00 on 14.04.2020

Marco Mazzoni was born in 1982 in Tortona but lives and works in Bergamo.
In 2007 he graduated in painting at the Brera Academy of Art (Milan). 
Working exclusively with coloured pencils, he often represents the flora, fauna and feminine mysticism of Sardinia in the 16th-18th centuries.
His illustrations have appeared in books, newspapers and magazines such as The New Yorker, Juxtapoz Magazine, Hi Fructose Magazine, Les Arts Dessinés, Arte Mondadori.

For Albin Michel he published the illustrated book “Poucette” (“Pulgarcita” in Spain for Edelvives, “Mignolina” in Italy for Rizzoli). He is preparing an illustrated book in collaboration with Sebastien Perez for the Soleil publishing house in 2020.
He collaborates with Jonathan LeVine Projects (New Jersey) and Thinkspace Projects (Los Angeles) for America, Gallery Benoni (Copenhagen), Galleria Patricia Armocida (Milan), Galleria Giovanni Bonelli (Milan) for Europe. 
He participated in the 54th. International Art Exhibition, Venice Biennale, Italian Pavilion, curated by Vittorio Sgarbi, Lombardy Regional Pavilion, Palazzo Te, Mantua, “Turn The Page: the first ten years of hi-fructose” at Virginia Museum Of Contemporary Art (Moca) (US), POW! WOW! Hawai’i at the Honolulu Museum of Art School (US), LA NATURA SQUISITA: BEYOND THE BOUNDARIES OF POP at the Fondazione Stelline (Milan), The New Vanguard – at The Lancaster Museum of Art and History (MOAH) and in IMAGO at the Much Museum in Munich (Germany).
His personal exhibitions include “Dear Collapse” Thinkspace Project (Los Angeles), “Monism” Galleri Benoni (Copenhagen), “Il Ricordo è Un Consolatore Molesto” Galleria Patricia Armocida (Milan), “Home” Galleria Giovanni Bonelli (Milan), “Animanera” Jonathan LeVine Gallery (NY).

On Tuesday 14th April you will find on Collater.al’s channel the video of the making-of of the unpublished work that will be auctioned on 32actions where it will remain until the end of April.

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The colorful and dynamic illustrations by Petra Eriksson

The colorful and dynamic illustrations by Petra Eriksson

Giulia Guido · 3 months ago · Art

Colorful, dynamic and daring. These are the illustrations of Petra Eriksson, a young illustrator of Swedish origin who now lives and works in Barcelona. This is not the first time we talk about the work of this young artist, about two years ago we focused on the beautiful portraits that led her to edit the illustrations for the book Bygone Badass Broads: 52 Forgotten Women. Today we come back to talk about her because in these years Petra Eriksson’s portfolio has continued to grow, starting to give space to other subjects as well. 

Thus, the production of portraits is interspersed with two other subjects that have become more and more present, landscapes and food

Always characterized by safe and bold use of color and full backgrounds, Petra Eriksson’s work fascinates her 80,000 followers every day on Instagram, but that’s not all. In fact, Petra Eriksson’s style has led her to collaborate with clients such as The New Yorker, The Guardian, and The Sunday Telegraph

Below you can find a selection of her work and find out more go on Petra Eriksson’s website and Instagram profile

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“It can’t rain all the time,” Pejac’s window

“It can’t rain all the time,” Pejac’s window

Emanuele D'Angelo · 3 months ago · Art

We are going through a difficult, hard time, we have said it many times, but hopefully, as soon as we get out of it.
The creativity of artists, however, has not remained in quarantine, quite the contrary. Pejac, street artist that over the years we have come to know, continues to amaze us even from his studio in the center of Madrid with his latest work entitled “It can’t rain all the time“, a quote from the famous movie “The Raven“, perfect for the period we are all going through.

The world-famous Barcelona-born artist replicates great classical masterpieces in a modern key, but not only that, his minimalist art varies from miniature drawings to striking site-specific interventions.
Pejac skillfully embellishes public spaces, but with his works, he wants to provide careful reflections on current themes, such as social and environmental issues. 

This time, however, he had to adapt to the decrees in force, not being able to beautify public spaces, he transformed his window into an artwork inspired by the famous “Golconda” by Magritte.
The acrylic figures, painted directly on the windows of his studio, seem to rain from the sky for an optical effect, protected by vintage gas masks and well-spaced one from the other as required by current regulations.

Once again, Pejac surprises us, in a simple way, inviting us to unleash our imagination beyond all limits, even if our view from the home is always the same.
You try it too!

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