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Fendi & Formafantasma

For the first time, FENDI is bringing its Design Performance program to Design Miami/Basel. They invited designers Andrea Trimarchi and Simone Farresin of the Italian design studio Formafantasma to develop...
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For the first time, FENDI is bringing its Design Performance program to Design Miami/Basel. They invited designers Andrea Trimarchi and Simone Farresin of the Italian design studio Formafantasma to develop the installation ‘CRAFTICA‘, a new body of work exploring leathercraft (with discarded Fendi leather) in conversation with other hand-worked, natural materials.

The leathers have been paired with marble, oxidized metal, glass, wood and other unprocessed natural materials such as bones, shells and a sponge cultivated in a sea-farm as a substitute for industrial foam. The installation displays a large variety of objects ranging from tools to furniture: a collection of glass lights hung via belts and hooks; a table and room divider produced from vegetal tanned rawhide stretched over brass structures with marble weights; a series of four stools characterized by organic forms and fin-like legs upholstered in fish leather (salmon, perch, trout, wolffish); spoons and protective masks made with scallopshells; and, jar-like containers in glass and cow bladders.

As homage to leather, 28 handmade drawings are displayed on parchment (a strong paper obtained by a complex processing of hairless goat skin) portraying the many uses of leather throughout history. During the fair in Basel, the designers in collaboration with in-house FENDI craftsmen, will produce and add new pieces to the installation.

To be viewed at : DESIGN MIAMI/ BASEL, HALL 5, MESSE BASEL, MESSEPLATZ  4005 BASEL, SWITZERLAND / TUESDAY, 12 JUNE TO SUNDAY 17 JUNE  DAILY FROM 11AM-7PM

Perch stool: Vegetal tanned perch skin, lime wood, brass label
Bells-lights: Discarded Fendi leather, glass, leather-covered hooks, leather-covered electric wire
Bells-lights: Discarded Fendi leather, glass, leather-covered hooks, leather-covered electric wire
Jar: Mouth blown glass on a cow bone, cow leather
Salmon stool: Fendi discarded leather, vegetal tanned salmon skin, wood, sea sponge
Room divider: Discarded Fendi leather, oxidized brass, marble weights, leather-coverd hooks
Scallop spoons: Vegetal tanned trout and salmon skin, scallop shells, metal, discarded Fendi leather
Protective masks: Discarded Fendi leather, scallop-shells
Leather table: Discarded Fendi leather, brass structure, marble weights
Water containers: Cow bladders, glass, brass, cork
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