ADI Design Index 2017
Introverso selected by ADI DESIGN INDEX 2017
The company’s research and innovation has been awarded by the permanent Observatory Design ADI, which included the Introverso project among the best 2017 Italian design products, those who will be participating in the 2018 Compasso d'Oro Award. Research, innovation and originality have always been synonymous work of antoniolupi which has seen its production, in recent years, enriched with unique artifacts, of unusual and admirable projects. antoniolupi looks to surprise it’s audience through a new challenge with white Carrara marble, a core material, ancient and multifaceted, interpreted in accordance with the design philosophy of the company. A pool of designers were able to shape the material and reinvent it to create new highly innovative and contemporary objects. Matter, the oldest, meets modern technology to perpetrate the water ritual.
The drop that draws on the surface concentric shapes now "digging" the matter irregularly but perfect at the same time. Perfect cuts, mechanical milling, the ability to extract from matter its essence through the comparison of perfect surfaces and linear geometries. A unique material stripped of its classicism and projected into the future while maintaining that unmistakable charm tied to its composition and its inherent purity and covered by the inspiration, intuition and sensitivity of artists who have skillfully interpreted in harmony with the soul of the company. Introverso The idea of this washbasin is born by observing the workmanship of blank marble sculptures, in which the three-dimensional shape of the sculpture is outlined in steps and various depths of a diamond disc managed by a numerical control machine. The inner core of the project is the idea that has accompanied from the start the project by Paolo Ulian for antoniolupi.
The marble block loses its monolithic appearance and is transformed into something ethereal, transparent, enclosing a secret nucleus. A soul that can remain hidden, revealing the subtle play of light, or can be revealed slowly by breaking the edges of the blades. When the block is blank, thin marble slats, which are formed by cutting, are broken with a hammer so as to bring out the raw sculpture that has formed in its interior. The same process is used to realize the washbasin Introverso from a single white Carrara marble block. Here the gaps between cuts hint at another inner core that you can decide to leave or to bring out by breaking part or all of the blades with a hammer. In the latter case the new emerged shape will be characterized by a surface decor that is created with the breaking of the marble.
This machine cutting in series allows you to get a clear physical and visual relief of the sink, marble loses its typical monolithic form and turns into something ethereal and almost transparent. By sliding your finger or other along the marble plates a soft and natural music is produced that comes from the soul of the stone and the peculiarities of his work. Through the excitement of this new project continues the unstoppable path of antoniolupi, in search of beauty and elegance and a design that goes beyond time and space, functional and harmonious, original and at the same time with its own unmistakable identity.
Paolo Ulian studied at the Carrara Accademy of Fine Art and later graduated at Florence Isia design School. At the end of 1990 he was assistant to Enzo Mari's studio in Milan where he collaborated until 1992. He later devoted himself to experimentation and participated in many collective exhibitions in Italy and abroad. During the design week in Milan in 2000 he exhibited at the Salone Satellite where he won the first prize of the Design Report Award. In 2009 Beppe Finessi curated his first personal exhibition at the Fabbrica del Vapore in Milan. In January 2010, he was hosted at the Triennale of Milano whit his second solo exhibition curated by Enzo Mari.
In 2011 he won the first Social Design Award promoted by ADI and in 2013 he take part at the sixth edition of the Triennale Design Museum with an installation dedicated to Vico Magistretti. Since 2014, he has been organizing annual exhibitions at the Magistretti Foundation in Milan. At the same time as her designer's work, he has been teaching in many universities and design schools. He has collaborated with Droog Design and some Italian companies such as Driade, Fontana Arte, Danese, Zani & Zani, Azzurra Ceramiche, Up Group, Skitsch, Officinanove, Zava Lighting and from the last year he start the collaboration with Antonio Lupi. Some of his projects has been acquired by the permanent collection of the Triennale Design Museum, the London Design Museum and the Montreal Museum of Fine Art.
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