-ISH by Matteo Fogale and Laetitia De Allegri

Design duo Matteo Fogale and Laetitia De Allegri have joined forces for London Design Festival this year to present -ISH, an exploration of materials and their sometimes deceptive appearance.

Presented at the Herrick Gallery as part of the Shoreditch Design Triangle, the collection uses recycled post-industrial waste materials that impressively resemble real stone and marble. Marblus and Denimite are made from denim and cotton fibres held together by resin, then sanded to look like white and blue veined Carrara marble. Slate-ish is US-made from paper-laminate that is tightly compressed then split and spliced, creating irregular slate-like sheets.

The result is tricks the eye: the marble-ish bowls, mirror and furniture items reveal themselves to be light and warm, and perform well when bended into a curved shape. Slate-ish is used for a table top and shelves, in 3mm-thick sheets that are flexible under weight and hyperlight as well. The postmodern-inspired aesthetic also highlights the trompe-l’oeil effect of the collection.

“We are interested to work with materials that help preserve our environment with elegance and cleverness,” they said of the collection. “Our challenge will be to design furniture and accessories around those materials trying to push the boundaries of each of them. We also love the poetic aspect that is behind this materials and their traditional source of inspiration.”

-ISH is on show at the Herrick Gallery in Shoreditch until September 21st as part of the London Design Festival and the Shoreditch Design Triangle 2014. Homebuildlife subscribers can also view our latest update on marble and its many uses across design here.

– Gemma Riberti

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