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Anno Tropico // Peep-Hole, Milan

Anno Tropico, Room 1, 2016 Installation view

Anno Tropico, Room 1, 2016
Installation view

Anno Tropico by Formafantasma is Peep-Hole’s first initiative in the field of design, exploring the border zones between this discipline and contemporary art research.

The practice of Formafantasma reflects a deep focus on the historical, political and social implications of design, and a critical approach to materials and their use in production.
The duo’s research represents an interesting fusion between two schools of design with strong identities: Italian, connected to an idea of craftsmanship and tradition, and Dutch, viewing design as an artistic discipline based on research and innovation.

Arco, 2016 and Renders, 2016 LED, iron, digital prints on graph paper Courtesy Galleria Giustini Stagetti, Rome, Formafantasma

Arco, 2016 and Renders, 2016
LED, iron, digital prints on graph paper
Courtesy Galleria Giustini Stagetti, Rome, Formafantasma

First solo exhibition of the italian design duo, based in Amsterdam, Anno Tropico reflects the designers’ recent interest in the functional and expressive qualities of light, presenting a series of works made with different techniques and materials, together with a site-specific installation that shifts their experimentation onto an architectural scale.

Seen as a “material,” light is at the center of a complex research process that investigates the relationship between natural and artificial illumination, shifting from reference to traditional “unplugged” systems to contemporary innovations in LED lighting and optics.

The exhibition itinerary is organized on different levels. Drawings, models and a video establish a dialogue with a selection of finished objects, all created over the last year. These objects mark an important passage in the designers’ practice, now closer to the industrial sphere than to crafts. At the same time, the working models confirm that the procedure and approach are still based on intuition and experimentation.

These models narrate the path that comes prior to the invention of the finished objects: dichroic glass, optical lenses and a parabolic mirror, assembled with industrial materials like bricks and iron rods, shape the light, generating reflections and shadows in the space.

In formal terms most of the objects have been designed starting with circles and circular structures, reminiscent of astronomical rings and the armillary sphere used in the past to monitor the transformations of the cosmos.


// Anno Tropico di Formafantasma apre per la prima volta la programmazione di Peep-Hole al design, esplorando i territori liminari tra questa disciplina e le ricerche artistiche contemporanee.

La pratica di Formafantasma è caratterizzata da una profonda attenzione per le implicazioni storiche, politiche e sociali del design e da un approccio critico ai materiali e al loro impiego nella produzione.
La loro ricerca rappresenta un’interessante fusione tra due scuole di design dalla forte identità: quella Italiana, legata a una idea di artigianalità e tradizione, e la Scuola Olandese che concepisce il design come una disciplina artistica basata su ricerca e innovazione.

La mostra concepita per Peep-Hole è incentrata sul recente interesse dei designer per le qualità funzionali ed espressive della luce e presenta una serie di opere realizzate con diverse tecniche e materiali, insieme a un’installazione site- specific che traspone le loro sperimentazioni su scala architettonica.

Vista come un “materiale”, la luce è al centro di un complesso processo di ricerca che indaga il rapporto tra luce naturale e artificiale, e passa dal riferimento ai tradizionali sistemi unplugged, fino ad arrivare alle innovazioni contemporanee nell’illuminazione led e nell’ottica.

Il percorso espositivo si articola su diversi livelli. Disegni, modelli di studio e un video dialogano con una selezione di oggetti finiti, tutti concepiti nell’ultimo anno. Questi oggetti segnano un importante passaggio nella pratica dei designer, più vicina adesso alla sfera industriale che a quella artigianale, allo stesso tempo i modelli di studio confermano come la loro pratica e il loro approccio siano sempre fondati sull’intuizione e la ricerca.

Questi modelli raccontano il percorso che precede l’ideazione degli oggetti finiti: vetri dicroici, luci a led, lenti ottiche e uno specchio parabolico, assemblati con materiali industriali come mattoni e aste in ferro, modellano la luce disegnando nello spazio riflessi e ombre.

Formalmente la maggior parte degli oggetti è progettata a partire da cerchi e strutture circolari, a ricordare gli anelli astronomici e la sfera armillare usata in passato per seguire le trasformazioni del cosmo.

Reflection - Test 2, 2016 LED, brass, iron, electrical materials Courtesy Formafantasma

Reflection – Test 2, 2016
LED, brass, iron, electrical materials
Courtesy Formafantasma

Reflection - Test 2, detail, 2016 LED, brass, iron, electrical materials Courtesy Formafantasma

Reflection – Test 2, detail, 2016
LED, brass, iron, electrical materials
Courtesy Formafantasma

Biconvex Lenses - Test 1, 2016 LED, iron, concrete, polycarbonate lens, electrical materials, rubber, pencil Courtesy Formafantasma

Biconvex Lenses – Test 1, 2016
LED, iron, concrete, polycarbonate lens, electrical materials, rubber, pencil
Courtesy Formafantasma

Biconvex Lenses - Test 2, detail of the lens, 2016 LED, iron, concrete, polycarbonate lens, electrical materials, rubber, pencil Courtesy Formafantasma

Biconvex Lenses – Test 2, detail of the lens, 2016
LED, iron, concrete, polycarbonate lens, electrical materials, rubber, pencil
Courtesy Formafantasma

Anno Tropico, Room 3, 2016 Installation view

Anno Tropico, Room 3, 2016
Installation view

Magnifier, 2016 Delta collection LED, brass, crystal glass, electrical materials Courtesy Galleria Giustini Stagetti, Rome

Magnifier, 2016
Delta collection
LED, brass, crystal glass, electrical materials
Courtesy Galleria Giustini Stagetti, Rome

Anno Tropico, Room 3, 2016 Installation view

Anno Tropico, Room 3, 2016
Installation view

Colour - Test 3 and 7, 2016 LED, dichroic glasses, concrete, polycarbonate lens, electrical materials, rubber, pencil Courtesy Formafantasma

Colour – Test 3 and 7, 2016
LED, dichroic glasses, concrete, polycarbonate lens, electrical materials, rubber, pencil
Courtesy Formafantasma

Colour - Test 1, 2016 LED, dichroic glasses, concrete, polycarbonate lens, electrical materials, rubber, pencil Courtesy Formafantasma

Colour – Test 1, 2016
LED, dichroic glasses, concrete, polycarbonate lens, electrical materials, rubber, pencil
Courtesy Formafantasma

Anno Tropico, Room 1 and 2, 2016 Installation view

Anno Tropico, Room 1 and 2, 2016
Installation view

Helmet, 2016 Delta collection LED, brass, electrical materials Courtesy Galleria Giustini Stagetti, Rome

Helmet, 2016
Delta collection
LED, brass, electrical materials
Courtesy Galleria Giustini Stagetti, Rome

Parabolic mirror - Test 5, 2016 Aluminium, glass, iPhone, crystal glass, travertine, fire-resistant bricks, pencil Courtesy Formafantasma

Parabolic mirror – Test 5, 2016
Aluminium, glass, iPhone, crystal glass, travertine, fire-resistant bricks, pencil
Courtesy Formafantasma

Ph: ©2016 Laura Fantacuzzi – Maxime Galati-Fourcade

Anno Tropico // Formafantasma

February 17 – March 19, 201
Peep-Hole @ Fonderia Battaglia
Via Stilicone 10
20154 Milan
T: +39 (0)28 70 67 410
info@peep-hole.org
Wed // Sat 11 am – 6 pm

For further infos please refer to the gallery website.


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