"una stanza"

“Today architectural magazines are advertising catalogues, pages of chairs and sofas, because that’s what sells. That’s the furniture. However, a room is not just a sofa for welcoming friends, it is a place where you live, where you witness arrivals and farewells. A place you need to know.” Ettore Sottsass
Editamateria continues its journey to experience the matter in encounters between future and past, between origins and new paths, between preservation and innovation. On the occasion of the Milano Design Week 2018, Editamateria in collaboration with Antonio Aricò explores the relationship between man and his objects, enclosed and free in “una stanza”, objects that become emotions and awaken memories and sensations, living matter around oneself.
Una stanza, which brings us an almost archaic and primordial vision, a closed place, an intimate place, a place that is alive, a place to live in, a place that contains everything and where everything is contained. The main room, where man spends most of his time.
A room where the essential becomes indispensable.
a credenza to cherish
a fratino to share
a scrittoio to think
a branda to rest
a painting to remember

A shelter from the outside world where symbolically man comes into contact with the rough part of himself, breathing the “heavy,” “monolithic,” and “sculptural” spirit of the objects that he “feels” as bodies around him, because “the man and the world are made of the same flesh” (Merleau Ponty).

The collections presented the story of a life, of passions, of encounters and common destinies, of furniture and objects that come alive, because they tell the stories of how they have were born in the mind of those who created them.

Our culture, our history, our origins, our feelings, our emotions and our passion make “una stanza” come to life.

Antonio Aricò has worked with us on a project that has common roots with the Mediterranean culture we are particularly related to, sharing our vision linked to our roots narrative, the tastes, and to materials, drawn from the Italian tradition. Antonio’s creativity is mixed with tradition and spontaneity, which are the essential elements of the project that create a new solid wood furniture collection. Antonio interprets “una stanza” through his particular vision, creating “pieces of his own life.” Credenza, fratino, scrittoio are some of the pieces from a collection of primitive, sculptured, heavy, and ever-present materials, which become sophisticated, luminous, and living materials in “una stanza”. The collection built with different types of wood, will convey its feelings trough the veins and the colors of the bois the rose, the amaranth, the palisander, the ziricote and many others which will give life to “una stanza” letting the materials speak. Antonio Aricò has worked with us on a project that has common roots with the Mediterranean culture we are particularly related to, sharing our vision linked to our roots narrative, the tastes, and to materials, drawn from the Italian tradition. Antonio’s creativity is mixed with tradition and spontaneity, which are the essential elements of the project that create a new solid wood furniture collection.

Inside “una stanza” a small oil on canvas, the only human representation to be found, a painting by Daniele Galliano, who with sophisticated artistic technique, frees ourimagination trough a woman’s figure. “Mama”, a mother, mater in latin, which in Italian recalls the word “materia”, the universal raw component we originated from, and trough which we have learned to look from the center of the Mediterranean at the rest of the world. In the room a site-specific work by Paolo Polloniato, “Pieniarendere”, elementary ceramics shapes that loose their functionality and become pure sculpture, making the shapes the exclusive protagonists of the contemporary scene where the visitor finds himself.

The Serienumerica brand always makes the experimentation its strength, working in close contact with Italian craftsmen, re-interprets the archetype of the mattress by proposing a futon made of materials usually foreign to the realization of this item: 90 layers of recovered fabrics alternated with foam rubber. The project sprouts from the will of giving new life to fabrics which would otherwise go wasted: once recovered, overlapped and sewn together, the layers create a stratification of different materials and colours.

The project for the fitting out of “una stanza” was produced jointly with 997 Architecture.”una stanza” is a refuge where we can treasure our own objects far away from the outside world. The walls open up according to the shapes of the furniture revealing its ”materia”, projecting to the outside world the warmth and the intimacy of this space that we discover little by little as we go through the half-lit suggestive Ventura Centrale tunnel.

Then , “Lil Room”, Gabriele Ottino’s music, enveloping “una stanza”.....

txt by Silvia Ariemma 

Art direction Silvia Ariemma with the collaboration of Antonio Aricò; Furniture by Antonio Aricò; Ceramics by Paolo Polloniato; Painting by Daniele Galliano; Textiles by Serienumerica; setting by 997architecture;music by Gabriele Ottino

A project by Editamateria

installation

Ventura Centrale

Milano Design Week 2018