Digitalization is changing our daily habits, and will cause the future to be multi-dimensional, yet dematerialized.
Even if we appreciate the advantages of this technical evolution, we still feel the need for something tangible that reassures us, puts us in contact with the material and sensorial aspects of our human reality. We, as humans, will always have the need to touch, pick up, and make a part of our world from solid materials, to have a confirmation of our own existence.
We believe there is a growing interest in an aesthetic that has an archaic allure, made from primary materials that are difficult to tame, like stone, marble and metals. The shapes are rough, sometimes unfinished and at other times, totemic references.
Nevertheless there are hints of evolved and contemporary techniques, searching for new style languages, like the combination of laminates and blocks of stone, or the creation of sculptures hand-moulded in fiber-reinforced concrete, on a steel and polystyrene foam base.
Apparently random shapes like the jagged profiles of stone slabs highlight the nature of the materials and their spontaneous beauty.
These objects illustrate the possibility to create harmony by using contrasts.
Contrasts between materials, like laminates together with stone, refined and unrefined, or between markings and shapes or between various perceptions of “heavy” and “lightweight.”
from left to right: bata kumbala serie, shelf detail, maddalena selvini design, photocredits: Lea Anouchinsky / Zuoperfici Vases series n.1, Atelier Duccio Maria Gambi, photocredits: atelier.duccio.maria.gambi / rock collection, top table detail and small table, qta studio design, photocredits: daniele.iodice / brut collective, coffee table by bern storms, photocredits: ben.storms / ruins at unsighted exhibition, roberto sironi, photocredits: stefania.perenich.
New totems and archaic references affirm our need for physicality and symbolism.
Black Matter by Anja Vang Kragh, Mindcraft18 exhibition, photocredits: mindcraft / compressed burnt cork armchair, CÉDRIC ETIENNE-studio corkinho, photocredits: studio corkinho / Sculpting In Time, studio Rooms, photocredits: Mattia Iotti / Half Pieces by Carl Emil Jacobsen, mindcraft18 exhibition, photocredits: mindcraft / life on earth collection, studio rooms, photocredits: Guram Kapanadze.