Alessi Figurine Calabrisella*

Designer: LPWK A. Arico
Alessi Figurine Calabrisella*
Designer: LPWK A. Arico
Figurine in porcelain. Hand-decorated. The “Souvenir d’Italie” collection inaugurates a new link between the Alessi “Figures”. Developed in...more
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Figurine in porcelain. Hand-decorated. The “Souvenir d’Italie” collection inaugurates a new link between the Alessi “Figures”. Developed in collaboration with LPWK, this series pays homage to Italy on occasion of the Expo in 2015.

Colourful little statues as the emblem of a heterogeneous country and the wealth of its traditions: “design souvenirs” that represent the different, multi-faceted aspects of Italian style. A wealth and variety also found on an expressive level in the contrasting languages of the two designers involved in the project: Massimo Giacon and Antonio Aricò, the latter in his first project with Alessi.

The ironic, cartoon style of Giacon is balanced by the more delicate touch of Aricò, who is attentive to tiny production details and whose characters copy the classic vein of fine porcelain figurines, typical of the European tradition. A young Italian designer, Antonio Aricò bases his poetry on family and cultural roots that he reworks in pieces bursting with imagination and dreams, but at the same time sturdy and well made. Each figure in the “Souvenir d’Italie” series represents a region in Italy thanks to evident identifying and characteristic details.

Three figures are by Antonio Aricò: “Venice” (1), an elegant Venetian carnival mask sporting a gondola and little fish as its headdress, represents the Veneto region. Red dominates in Calabria thanks to the chilli pepper adorning the head and dress of “Calabrisella” (2). Finally, Sicily offers a rich basket brimming with fruits from this region: lemons, prickly pears, grapes… Even the dress of “Rosalia la più bella che ci sia” (3) looks like a prickly pear. The “Souvenir d’Italie” figurines are cast in white porcelain then decorated by hand and with decalcomania.

Each figurine is sold separately and comes in a simple cardboard box with a red band (4).

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5x3,2cm - h 9,5 cm( 2”x1¼” – h 3¾)





Born in Bergamo, Laura graduated in Art and Communication from DAMS in Bologna, Italy. She began her career working in the field of contemporary dance, looking after the artistic coordination, costumes and scenery; afterwards she became a researcher at the Domus Academy. Laura has been the head of the Alessi Study Center (“CSA”) since 1990, acting as meta-project designer and art director. She brought to Alessi the semiological intuition and training she’d acquired from semiologists Eco and Fabbri. With Laura, Alessi introduced disciplines such as anthropology and semiotics that were, up until then, entirely foreign to its operations, and began the difficult process of extricating itself from the rhetorical swamp in which certain schools of Italian design had become accustomed to wallowing. The meta-projects she has been involved in for the CSA include the “Family Follow Fiction” collection, the “Creole Memory Container” project and the “Biological” project (leading to the creation of many objects now included in the design collections at the MOMA in New York, the Groninger Museum in Groningen, the MAK in Frankfurt, the Museu d’Arts Decoratives de Barcelona and the Museum Fur Gestaltung in Zurich). Since 2000 the CSA no longer exists as a physical entity, its identity having transmogrified into a freer, more virtual realm of design research and contact with the world of emerging international design, run by Laura Polinoro as an independent consultant. Afterwards she set up the Laura Polinoro Workshop, where she organizes workshops with numerous designers, working on a large variety of briefs for different types of businesses, with innovative product design as its goal. The projects that are then put into production are identified by the initials “LPWK”. Laura regularly meets with the company’s representatives to focus on strategy and positioning. They brainstorm on where the company is and where it wants to go. Carefully listening to the company’s needs, she then creates a meta-project to develop a new product line and enables the company to explore new horizons and ideas
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A. Arico

A. Arico
A. Arico graduated from the Polytechnic School of Milan and Alta Scuola Politecnica, Antonio felt from an early age a strong interest and energy in fiding his own language and way to defie his love for design. Antonio has presented a few iconic objects - the Watering Kettle Cans, the Swing Chair or the Water Pitcher Block and created a few successful collections like ‘Back Home’ and ‘Taste of Wood’. Realized with his grandfather, a carpenter based in Calabria in South Italy, all of his products show the excellence of his technical development and his tender love for shapes and lines, strong and pure and all reflct his vision on design and on life in general. Antonio works also for clients like Barilla on the development of products in ceramic, wood or textiles and for R&D projects and now working with various design companies such as Seletti and new collaborations are ready to come. His work has already been shown around Europe: in Germany at the DMY, in Italy during the Salone del Mobile in Milan, in Turin for the WABI SABI show, in Poland in the ceramic museum of Design Centrum Kielce and in France at the Maison & Objets. He was also part of the Triennale of Milan exhibition: “The New Italian Design” that went around the world: San Francisco, Santiago de Chile, Cape Town. Antonio’s Aricò latest highlights: his nomination for the Premio Compasso d’Oro and ADI design Index in 2013, an invitation of Lidewij Edelkoort to participate at the Nomadismi exhibition in Milan in 2013, his Water Pitcher Block being selected by Rossana Orlandi for Larte restaurant in Milan and selected by Edita Materia for a show at the Operae – Independent Design Festival in Turin in 2014. Antonio Aricò always gives to his products a story and a personality, for him design encompasses many different values, concerning both objects and people.
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