The creative duo who make up Studio Formafantasma, Andrea Trimarchi and Simone Farresin, met while studying and formed a partnership that has not only defined their design identity but has garnered them international acclaim for their unique take on materiality.
They have experimented with unusual materials, ranging from fish leather and lava to cocoa and coal, to create products that push not only the possibilities of production but also investigate its cultural, environmental and social context.
In general, our fascination for objects lies in their ability to represent human history and even possible futures.
"We see design as a discipline meant to question and envision social, cultural end even political changes,” they explain. “With this in mind, our projects always start from our own personal fascinations. The translation of this intuition into our designs sees the transformation of intimate ideas into more sharable concepts.”
Read more about their experimental approach and where they think the future of design is heading in this Q&A.
Here we round up four of their projects, each a unique exploration of a different material.
Studio Formafantasma will be a speaker at Design Indaba Conference 2015, which takes place from 25 to 27 February 2015. Secure your seat before 9 December 2014 and qualify for a 10% discount. Book here.