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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).
- Size Description
5x5 - h cm 5,2 ( 2”x2” – h 2”)
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