Next week, Alessi – the Italian kitchen product design company – are launching a new series of abstract metal bowls, baskets and centrepieces. Black and white squares and rectangles that look like business cards, are stuck together seemingly at random, forming a bowl or basket shape. Created by artist, architect and graphic designer Mario Trimarchi, this inventive product, ‘La Stanza dello Scirocco’, is his first innovative project for Alessi. Trimarchi says:
‘Their peculiarity lies in the fact that they have been designed with their shadows as starting points by halting unforeseen moments of fragments agitated by the wind, shadows that multiply and are as restless as unfocused photographs.’
Trimrachi lives and works in Milan and has worked alongside with many well-known architects and designers, such as Andrea Branzi and Ezio Manzini. Currently he is working for the faculty of architecture at Genoa University (Italy), as a professor of the industrial design degree course.
Although Trimarchi is working with Alessi, his main focus is his work with the FRAGILE studio. In a nutshell, they help develop corporate identities for companies by gathering a group of graphic designers and architects who, for different expressions of the brand, work on brand, interior and product design, multimedia and graphics. Founded in 1999 with co-founder Michele De Lucchi, they emphasis the idea of investing time and ideas on people to develop them.