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for Doppia Firma Living and Fondazione Cologni


In nature we can continuously witness transformations, as stated by Lavoiser's law of conservation of mass "nothing is created, nothing is destroyed, but everything is transformed". The caterpillar, for example, attached to its cocoon, begins to develop and slowly turns into a butterfly, ready to live its new life and take flight. This takes place through various stages of its life called metamorphosis, it is nature that takes shape that changes it into something else.

Elena's idea was to freeze a frame of this wonderful process, the transformation from caterpillar to butterfly, to give it back in the form of a bench, a sort of monument representing change, rebirth and life.
The bench therefore takes on an organic form similar to the state of the "Pupa", the colors grow in tones like its section, generating an object in continuous evolution.

The meeting with Mohamed and Laura was immediately fruitful, new proposals and solutions have given the project a unique and indescribable energy. Contemporary laying techniques expose at their best the natural character of the story, the materials used come back to life, arriving in part from the processing waste of quarries and printing works, mutating into something else, a bench for outdoor use.

Technique and materials chosen for the bench

The technique used for the realization of the mosaic is "direct contemporary". Direct, because the tiles are laid directly on the support in their final position, and Contemporary, because it follows a soft course that allows dialogue between the rows of tiles, merging the lines into each other and giving naturalness to the whole, consistent with the inspiring idea of metamorphosis.
At the same time, the smooth and brushed surfaces, the square tiles and the prevalence of natural materials, creating a strong and direct link with the Roman mosaics that in history were the first to combine the aesthetic value of the mosaic with its functionality, to characterize works of public use, such as the baths.

For the most colorful part (the purple) ,the precious Venetian enamels are used, a special non-transparent glass, handcrafted in the Venetian furnaces.
For the intermediate colors, the new ecological enamels are used, a new generation of glass produced by artisans with a firing temperature lower than that of classic enamels, which is why they are called ecological enamels.
The remaining colors are realized through the use of natural marbles, for the most part obtained from processing waste, which gives the entire project a focus on sustainability.
For the realization of the support, in addition to the base and the supporting structure in stainless steel is used as a filling material of "Forex" panels, plastic material in PVC foam, usually used as a support for photographic prints and advertising. It too is obtained from processing waste, further accentuating the sustainable aspect of the project.

Artisans: Carraro and Chabarik.

Materials:mosaic, glass, marble, inox steel, recycled plastic material

Dimensions:180 x 55 x h 81 cm.

PH Laila Pozzo 

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