Cupcakes by Myriam Maguire
Fabrica was involved in numerous events at the 50th International Furniture Show in Milan. In addition to presenting at FuoriSalone the latest for 2011 from the international team of young designers based in Treviso, Fabrica was also a feature of the Sisley store on Piazza San Babila and in the United Colors of Benetton store on Piazza Duomo and in Corso Vittorio Emanuele.
Fragile by Myriam Maguire
Bulbovetro by Valentina Carretta
Shared Base by Dean Brown
The new Benetton showroom at Corso di Porta Vittoria 16 designed by architect Piero Lissoni presented Here & (T)here, a limited and numbered production of objects designed by Fabrica for Secondome, the fruit of an unusual marriage between two noble and very beautiful materials, blown glass and oak. Hybrid, bold sculptures focusing on form rather than function; a fine balance of fragility and solidity, solids and voids.
Balance by Marie Dessuant
Balance is a contemporary single flower vase, using the traditional know-how of Veneto blown glass. This elegant piece is composed of a floating glass element that rests on a delicate wooden structure. Inspired by a reflection on “in between space”, this vase tries to emphasize a certain balance between emptiness and fullness.
Complementaries by Dean Brown
A complementary arrangement of oak wood panels and glass pipes. Each element has a particular property, reliant on the other to be complete. Together the parts support each other structurally and aesthetically—adopting a slender, poised position, ready to hold and highlight its contents. The language of Complementaries is derived from irrigation systems, based on the principle of sharing resources underneath the surface.
Magic Wands by Valentina Carretta
The modular hand-blown glass accessories, attached to the ends of simple wood sticks, turn them into something very special. The combination creates a series of oil lamps and little vases for small flowers. Each wand can also be removed from the base and used alone, if put inside a normal vase.
Terrroir by Sam Baron
Terroir references “nature morte” compositions, the passing of time and the remaining image. The glass pieces are included in the wood as a pair of vases or fruit bowls, reminiscent of a table in an old lady’s house. The wood structure is a furniture hybrid, between a shelf, a table and a writing desk, giving a strong three dimensional presence to the overall object composition. The piece is composing an image in itself, the meaning of which can be changed by what is placed in the glass containers.
Tripod by Jaeun Park
This object plays with equilibrium and is formed by two complementary pieces, a rounded glass bowl and a wooden tripod which can be used either individually or as a composition. When the glass is sitting on the tripod, it can be used as a vase or as storage; when it’s placed upside down it becomes a dessert cover.
Unco by Margaux Keller
Unco is a balanced composition of three different glass pieces connected together by a wood framework. In this setting, wood and glass are complementary. Each material has a well-defined role, either as a container or a structure. Both work as simultaneous elements. Unco can be used as a centre piece on a table to display vegetables, flowers and fruits.
Just because you can fly does not make you a pilot by Elliott Burford
Optical Wand by Catarina Carreiras
A strange object blown out of a wood stick, Optical Wand is the perfect tool at any table framed by a fresh spring mood. It sits quietly in a corner, trying to catch pieces of food as if they were flying butterflies.
Here&(T)hereFabrica for Secondome
Here & (T)here is a limited and numbered production of objects designed by Fabrica for Secondome, the fruit of an unusual marriage between two noble and very beautiful materials, blown glass and oak. Hybrid, bold sculptures focusing on form rather than function; a fine balance of fragility and solidity, solids and voids.
Fabrica, Benetton’s communication research centre, was set up in 1994. The fruit of the Group’s cultural legacy, is based in Treviso, Italy in a complex restored and enlarged by Tadao Ando. Fabrica is not a school, advertising agency or university. It is an applied creativity laboratory, a talent incubator, a studio of sorts in which young, modern artists come from all over the world to develop innovative projects and explore new directions in myriad avenues of communication, from design, music and film to photography, publishing and the Internet. These artist-experimenters are accompanied along their research path by leading figures in art and communication, blurring the boundaries of culture and language and transgressing the traditional borders between a diverse range of communication mediums.
Communication research at Fabrica services a wide variety of social causes and disciplines such as economics, social or environmental sciences. Fabrica’s aim is to grasp the future by giving innovative exposure to cultural or scientific projects which open a window onto tomorrow’s world.