Post Scriptum Vases
Archetypal shapes from the Richard Ginori factory archives get a contemporary facelift from Formafantasma, maximizing the individual expression of the Ginori 1735 master painters. The Post Scriptum collection includes different-shaped vases with unique gestural and abstract designs by Formafantasma. The “graffito” design is hand-drawn with special ceramic chalk crayons and then set in through direct firing. Thanks to the made-in Florence brand master painters who work with ease, they leave their mark through intuitive gestures making each piece one of a kind — numbered by the artist who decorated it. It also bears the Cassina and Ginori 1735 logos, fully realizing the archetypal forms in contemporaneity.
Formafantasma is a research-based design studio from the Italian born duo Andrea Trimarchi and Simone Farresin. Since founding the studio in 2009, Formafantasma investigates the ecological, historical, political and social forces shaping the discipline of design today. Their aim is to facilitate a deeper understanding of both our natural and built environments and to propose transformative interventions through design and its material, technical, social, and discursive possibilities. Whether designing to a client's brief or developing self – initiated projects, the studio applies the same rigorous attention to context, process and detail. As a result, Formafantasma's entire portfolio is characterised by a coherent visual language and meticulously researched outcomes.
For Formafantasma, this crossflow of knowledge and experience taken from both their commercial contracts and their more autonomous projects has benefitted and informed the respective other. It has also given them a unique perspective of the design industry, allowing them to acknowledge the legacy of industrial production as the fundamental source for the designer's expertise and agency in contemporary society while also addressing its historic contribution to environmental instability.
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by John Pawson