Design – EDIT Napoli 2023, the fifth edition of the editorial and authorial design fair with a typically Mediterranean spirit of hospitality, returned to Naples and took over the stunning halls of the Archivio di Stato as well as other historic palazzos across the southern Italian city. Check what we liked the most.
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EDIT Napoli celebrates Slow Design by supporting independent designers, authors, design editors, creators and producers. “For five years now, EDIT Napoli has been the ‘piazza’ where the creative community shows itself to create precious synergies.” Explains Domitilla Dardi, co-curator with Emilia Petruccelli.
“Every year, not only projects by young talents but also known companies have the opportunity to make a space for themselves inside the exhibition. To gather and to let oneself discover the stories of authors, editors, and designers is the result of a research which will never stop, increasing periodically with each new edition.”
Synonymous with excellence in the craftsmanship of transforming volcanic rock into top-end contemporary expressions of art, architecture and interior design, Ranieri, under the creative direction of designers and architects Francesco Meda and David Lopez Quincoces, presented an evocative installation to celebrate the history and evolution of the brand in the cloister of Santa Maria La Nova, a true treasure chest of history, art and spirituality.
Il Tornitore Matto – the mad lather turner – is an ongoing experimental project born from the collaboration between Alberto Alessi and Giulio Iacchetti, both committed to venturing beyond mere industrial design approach to find new creative paths merging poetry and technology. On show pieces by Andrea Branzi, Michael Anastassiades, Nika Zupanc, Naoto Fukasawa, Paolo Ulian, and more.
Misha expanded its New Pompei wallpaper collection with two new designs, Mosaico and Paradiso, by Vito Nesta. The designer took inspiration from Roman villas’ patterns and mosaics to bring back to life – but with a contemporary twist – forgotten aesthetics when Italy used to be an exotic destination on the Mediterranean Sea.
Ruga.Perissinotto presented the Tracce, a furniture and garments collection dressed in Alapago and Lamon wool, a natural and sustainable material that does not require manufacturing processes or dyeing. The project was born from research to rediscover traditional wool-making in northeastern Italy. “Tracce like the traces of the past, like the legacy of traditions, the marks left by animals on the path. And we want to do it in silence so we do not twist the values we have discovered.”
Rehub presented the Nasse collection: objects made with a process to transform waste from Murano glass factories into a paste that can be 3D printed at room-temperature environment. “We merge tradition and handcraft with innovation and design, following the principles of circular economy, striving for a zero-waste society.”
The oxymoron Alchemic Realism inspired design duo Debonademeo to create a collection of lamps and vessels experimenting with the materiality of glass and metal. Developed for Venetian high-end materials manufacturer Incalmi, the Alchemie collection plays with the textures created by Murano glass and copper glaze on marble and stone. Each piece is a composition of simple geometries with a unique silhouette.
Marco Ripa presented Coimbra, a steel furniture collection comprising chairs, small sofas and a cabinet for indoor and outdoor use. Coimbra is an Italian vintage brand of sweets that brings back the welcoming friendliness of the ‘70s. Simple curves and neat geometries add an exquisite retro mood.
Eleit.it presented the Atanor vessel designed to accompany and monitor the yeast refreshment phase preparatory to bread making. The freshly refreshed yeast should be placed in the inner jar. Pot mouldings help monitor growth until it doubles in size. The external jar can be filled with hot water to create an optimal climate for the growth of the bacteria.
Italian-Canadian industrial designer Chris Fusaro presented the first collection from the Pasta Persa – Lost pasta – series, consisting of nickel-plated strainers, colanders and trivets using the lost wax process. The collection is the result of experiments motivated by a desire to make kitchenware out of pasta and, consequently, to figure out how to turn pasta into metal. The process relies on a unique combination of jewellery and foundry techniques to produce handmade, one-of-a-kind, functional sculptures for the kitchen.
Experimental kitchen design brand Very Simple Kitchen teamed up with Stockholm-based creative studio Stamuli to create a bar and an installation at the State Archive of Naples. The bars’ bold volumes and the striking effect of raw stainless steel create a welcoming sensorial experience in contrast to the sober atmosphere of the historic palazzo. Raw stainless steel is without paint or chemical treatments. Tops are decorated using plastic waste provided by the Italian start-up Plastiz.
Galleria Elena and PSLab presented the Materia Prima exhibition at the Fondazione Santobono Pausilipon at Palazzo Ravaschieri. Under the direction of the Altromodo architecture studio, ‘raw’ materials and processed surfaces interacted with light and shadow, illustrating the importance of concept and the “design” process.