Even if many of us are used to consider the insects mostly harmful to agriculture, many of them are valuable allies for our vegetable garden or terrace. Not only they ensure the pollination, insects even activate the so-called conservative biological fight, which reduces the number of pests or pathogens. Thanks to the action of the “useful insects”, it is possible to protect a small green space without necessarily resorting to harmful chemical products, but simply hosting nests of pollinator insects or pests predators. The project gives shape to an evocative nests for insects; objects are made to tame little friends like bumble bees, ladybugs, butterflies and fireflies (which are getting rare in the urban landscape) and make our garden more blooming. New mini-homes created to bring back the concept of “ecosystem” in the cities and homes, and to teach the preservation of biodiversity.
28/31 of May @ Triennale - Milano - from 6th of June - MAC Lissone
yoox.com pays homage to Milanese design, famous the world over for its excellent craftsmanship and high quality manufacturing. The project involves nine new talents from small ateliers, artisanal workshops and industrial design studios or freelancers in Milan, each presenting an exclusive collection of objects that are all MADE IN MILANO.
COMPANY: INCIPIT YEAR: 2014
A series of basket containers in turned alluminum, enriched by a copper-coated curved steel cage.
Canasta is available in two sizes and three colours, from a classic copper-black match to a colorful red-copper combination to a more minimal grey-copper one.
COMPANY: PORTEGO YEAR: 2015 DESIGNERS: Ilaria Innocenti e Giorgio Laboratore
Self Portrait is inspired by the Japanese fans proposes the mirror as a feminine accessory symbol of luxury and beauty. The lightness and harmony of the wrinkles of paper fans are impressed in the wood through the work of an expert Italian carver.
The lines of the handle open like a fan digging the wood and creating a simple and harmonious design. The double-face mirror is made from a sheet of galvanized steel joined to a carved wooden solid ash handle. Accessories include a base for table use and a wall support.
Self Portrait is suitable for every home ambient, from bathroom, living room, to sleeping area.
Self Portrait is the first product of the serie developed in the Portego community.
COMPANY: KARPETA YEAR: 2013
COMPANY: ILARIA.I YEAR: 2014
Overlay, vases made by developing a process of overlapping resin and terracotta clay. Overlay is a method of investigation used to discover what happens when two materials which are diametrically opposite in their characteristics are mixed.
“When Cotto involved me in the project ‘Another Detail’, I found it interesting to choose and compare two very different materials in order to achieve that unexpected detail which the brief required. So I devised a technique to work the resin just as a potter works clay on the wheel.“
Terracotta has a porous surface and natural tones. Resin is a synthetic material and its transparency makes it sophisticated. So each of the two materials in combination enriches the other, exalting its peculiarities. Once the terracotta vase is made, it is wrapped in a layer of resin which infiltrates the surface, highlighting its texture.
Muselet collection, a series of four ceramic containers for incipit.
Made in a combination of different shapes and colors, their outline was influenced by metal cases that are used to stop champagne corks from popping open.
The form consists of a carved handle made from steel wire with a copper coating, and the containers were constructed by turning them on a mechanical wheel, and coated with lead-free glaze in the colors cool gray, dove gray, cherry, apricot, and then finished on the inside with food-safe glass.
COMPANY: KARPETA YEAR: 2013
COMPANY: ILARIA.I YEAR: 2013
Adobe is a desk collection of tools made using the ancient technique of manual brick's production. Its name in fact derives from the mixture of clay, silt, sand and plant fibers used by many people in all ages to make the most common building material.
"I found interesting to develop household objects with the same technique used to build houses, letting myself be guided by the various colors resulting from the different compositions of the ground in Italy."
Adobe is consists of 3 elements pure shaped made with 3 different varieties of clay which give the objects as many shades of color. Everything is softened by colored metal frame supporting volumes the terracotta and enhancing the essential aspect.
The production process consists in filling with clay some specially constructed molds. After a first partial drying the molded shape is decorated by engraving his surface with a metal wire, in the same way with which the clay blocks are usually cut away. Finally, once drying is complete, the pieces are the baked in the oven.
Photo: Diego Diaz Styling: Cora Vohwinkel
ARMANDO E LIA
DESIGN: ILARIA INNOCENTI YEAR: 2012
Armando, rigid soul of chromium plated metal and wood, and Lia, sunny and delicate like the double face of linen. They met and quickly united in a sudden start ofsweepinglove.Sincethenwecouldn’t detachthem,torecombinethemisthe maximum that we could do. Now it is clear, they are not a "separe?" but something else for sure, united in love, they join spaces.
"I wanted to realize furnishings that unify and share the space. Therefore the idea of creating “separe?” that are a "liaison" in the environment. So Armando e Lia are born. An indivisible couple that intersects and embrace itself and each part support the other." Ilaria Innocenti explains.
Armando e Lia have a rod wood structure and black chromed metal, fortified by a double-face woven of coton and linen.
The fabric is designed by Ilaria, it is made with a mechanic loom and it develops a freehand sign research started long time ago. The collection colors are black and white. Armando and Lia have a flexible behaviour and they have various functions depending where they are located: side-table near a sofa; hanging clothes and empty pockets at the entrance; extra support for the bathroom or the bedroom; candy container in the kitchen.
Photo: Diego Diaz Styling: Cora Vohwinkel
DESIGN: ILARIA INNOCENTI YEAR: 2011
DESIGN: ILARIA INNOCENTI YEAR: 2010
TP”, a collection of three families of handmade carpets, made with wool from sardinian sheeps, with sardinian craftwork technique, and from sardinian people that work when they feel like. Ilaria shows a different way of sustainability, starting from a different way of living and, only after that, of producing.
“Carpets were nomad’s houses. Wherever they decided to stop, they laid them, and there was their home. Looking around I realized that we live in a period in wich anyone, in a way, is nomad. So I thought that we need more carpets.”(Ilaria I.)
In this collection of nine carpets, accuracy of handcraft and cutting-edge design are mixed. In fact, Ilaria’s carpets are built with hand looms, using the ancient technique of Villa Massargia (Sardinia).