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Exhibition: Prima Materia by Studio Formafantasma

During an inspirational trip to the south of The Netherlands, the Stylesight team stopped by the Stedelijk Museum ‘s-Hertogenbosch for new inspiration. Here we attended the latest exhibition by Studio Formafantasma.

This exhibition, entitled Prima Materia, is the first retrospective of works by Studio Formafantasma and presents nine striking projects that range from their first Design Academy Eindhoven graduation project, “Moulding Tradition” to the most recent “Wien Spielkarten” for the Vienna Tourist Board. Highlights include, “Botanica,” their experiment with bakelite and Craftica, exploring leathercraft for which they collaborated with Fendi.

This retrospective shows in detail, not only exquisitely executed objects and visually intriguing installations, but also gives insight into the duo’s ability to evoke emotions and question the current design process.

Since graduating in 2009, Andrea Trimarchi and Simone Farresin have become the ultimate modern-day alchemists. They have honed their unique skills of combining local and traditional culture and materiality, with critical approaches to sustainability and aesthetics. Making the connections and interactions between object, user, craft and industry, Studio Formafantasma continues this dynamic approach in their ongoing exploration of aesthetics and materials.

The exhibition is set up comprising two parts, the entranceway, where the concepts and material research are explored which leads through to the main part of the exhibition where the presentation of the collections is exquisitely stylish and immaculately simple.

Discover more about Formafantasma’s design process through this interview and studio visit conducted by Stylesight in late 2012. Prima Materia runs until June 15th at the Stedelijk Museum ‘s-Hertogenbosch in the Netherlands – Mona Dekker

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