Broken Nature Public Symposium
March 1st 2019


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Broken Nature Public Symposium


Join the Broken Nature Public Symposium live-stream from circa 11:15 AM on YouTube to learn more about our project Italian Tropics / Fiore di Loto.

On the occasion of the opening of the XXII Triennale, Broken Nature: Design Takes on Human Survival, La Triennale di Milano will host the third Broken Nature symposium. This will be an opportunity to celebrate the protagonists of the exhibition—in the galleries, online, the book and beyond—and to delve deeper into the projects and ideas that have inspired our research in the past months. With a rich program of individual presentations, panel discussions and video contributions, this symposium will cover topics as diverse as human and non-human migration flows; the capacity of good information design to make the invisible visible; and the importance of untangling the threads that connect our singular and highly specific experiences to the complex macro-systems that make up the world’s tapestry.

Friday, March 1, 2019

Teatro dell’Arte, La Triennale di Milano
Viale Emilio Alemagna, 6, 20121 Milano

Visual & Text – Broken Nature

Broken Nature
Building up time


Visual – Broken Nature

Broken Nature
Design takes on human survival


Broken Nature is an opportunity for us all to discuss matters of extreme importance for the world at large, as well as for the design and architecture community, which can and should play a vital role in making reparations with the world around us.

Broken Nature is composed of a thematic exhibition and a number of international participations solicited through official channels. It will run from March 1 to September 1, 2019.

Visual and Text – Broken Nature

Fiore di Loto to show at Broken Nature
XXII Triennale Milano 2019


The XXII Triennale di Milano, Broken Nature: Design Takes on Human Survival, highlights the concept of restorative design and studies the state of the threads that connect humans to their natural environments––some frayed, others altogether severed. In exploring architecture and design objects and concepts at all scales and in all materials, Broken Nature celebrates design’s ability to offer powerful insight into the key issues of our age, moving beyond pious deference and inconclusive anxiety. By turning its attention to human existence and persistence, the XXII Triennale will promote the importance of creative practices in surveying our species’ bonds with the complex systems in the world, and designing reparations when necessary, through objects, concepts, and new systems. Even to those who believe that the human species is inevitably going to become extinct at some point in the (near? far?) future, design presents the means to plan a more elegant ending. It can ensure that the next dominant species will remember us with a modicum of respect: as dignified and caring, if not intelligent, beings.

Visual and Text – Broken Nature

Italian Tropics
Fiore di Loto Etching


Recreated botanical etching print to show the contemporary Lotus infestation in the Valli del Mincio wetland, Mantua, Italy.

Experience it in full here.

Visual – The Future Continuous

Counter Colonial Aesthetics
The Exhibition


Counter Colonial Aesthetics takes the form of an open laboratory. Working in the exhibition space to experiment with a variety of materials and techniques, coming both from Sicilian tradition and from migrants’ background. Experimenting in strict collaboration with 8 asylum seekers and different guest, building a material based interaction to learn more about them and producing modern artifacts which express contemporary “traditions”.

Visual & Text – Marginal Studio

Counter Colonial Aesthetics
Chapter 2: Textiles


Textiles are the most obvious visible signifier of culture throughout Africa and Middle East. The history, beliefs, politics, fashions, status, and aspirations of people are communicated through the colors and patterns of textiles and the occasions on which they are worn or otherwise utilized. These textile traditions are part of a historical and contemporary global trading network driven by African taste and patronage. Batik is a technique of wax-resist dyeing applied to whole cloth originated from Indonesia, which was exported by a Dutch company from their colonies and later appropriated in West Africa. Today, through its narrative, we aim to break the flatness of western fashion models and learn tailoring techniques from African craftsmen.

More info here.

Visual & Text – Marginal Studio

Digital Wax Print
joins Marginal Studio at Manifesta 12 Collateral Event


Counter-Colonial Aesthetic is an investigation of the Sicilian material culture that aims to create a participatory platform to reflect on the concepts of shared heritage and diasporic identities.

On show at Padiglione 33, via Gaetano La Loggia, 5 – 90129 Palermo, Italy from 22.09 – 4.11.2018.

Visual & Text – Marginal Studio

Digital Wax Print
goes to Manifesta 12 in Palermo


moves to Kazerne Eindhoven


On show from 07 Nov. 2017 — 26 Mar. 2018. Kazerne Gallery, Paradijslaan 2-8, 5611 KN Eindhoven, Netherlands.

at Dutch Design Week Eindhoven


Dutch Invertuals presents ‘FUNDAMENTALS’
at Dutch Design Week Eindhoven 21-29 October 2017

45 Invertuals reveal more than 800 objects that normally remain hidden in the archives of their studios. They offer a glimpse into their private collections, resulting in a distinct reflection of their personal identities. Sharing these inspirational artifacts allows the visitors to experience various views on form, material, and beauty.
Visual by Raw Color

Private collection
= personal identity


‘The use of contextual practices to develop human-focused creative solutions can produce dynamic results.’

Visual by Raw Color

‘The Anthropologists’


‘The Anthropologists’ move across cultures with ease. A cosmopolitan view on objects and their origins allow them to take a multitude of perspectives on the world.
For this exhibition, the designers take their personal collections and identities as a starting point to create a container that manifests their ‘Fundamentals’. These individually made products offer comprehensive insights into their various design practices, reflecting diverse personal visions. Since the origin of mankind, containers have been used as basic tools with a common typology to store and transport objects or materials.
‘They offer a glimpse into their private collections, resulting in a distinct reflection of their personal identities.’
Visual by Raw Color

Dutch Design Week
Eindhoven 2017


‘They offer a glimpse into their private collections, resulting in a distinct reflection of their personal identities.’

The trophy
as a container


‘Inspiration Days’ in September
at Adidas


Eugenia Morpurgo and Sophia Guggenberger hit the stage to talk about their ‘AnOtherShoe’ project and exchanged ideas with employees during a workshop in the MakerLab.

Time off
in Asola


New views
during the month of July


Developing the current
Digital Wax Printer


New and improved to work on a larger scale.

Preparing for
New York


Standing at the intersection between product, textile, and fashion design; as well as digital manufacturing, anthropological research and art, Digital Wax Print explores the relationship between digital fabrication and the manual technique of wax resist textile printing.

Digital Wax Printer developed during
residency at La Paillase


More here.

MOVIN’UP II session 2016
supports Digital Wax Print in New York


Con il sostegno del progetto DE.MO./MOVIN’UP II sessione 2016 / With the support of the project DE.MO./MOVIN’UP II session 2016.

MOVIN’UP II session 2016 promoted by: Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism; General Directorate for Contemporary Art and Architecture and Urban Suburbs; General Directorate for Performing Arts and GAI – Association for the Circuit of the Young Italian Artists.

Product Island
at Jerusalem Design Week


Product Island

Jerusalem Design Week

8 – 15 June 2017

The Product Island functions as a desert island for the designer, where the wild nature is replaced with a jungle rich with raw materials.

Various design events will take place on the island, representing man’s basic needs: the basic need for food and drink will be marked by a cocktail night, the need for clothing and security will be displayed in a fashion installation, the need for identity and community will be expressed through various lectures, and the need for self-realization will be translated into an auction of the objects that will be created throughout the week.

More info here.

White Flag
to show in Italy


White Flag

Triennale di Milano

16 June – 27 August 2017

Throughout the course of history, utopias have almost always attempted to build new worlds. And impose new models. Each one saturating the space and claiming to be unique and perfect. The result is a world saturated with models that suffocate each other. That are mutually exclusive. That all attempt to exclude the others and assert only themselves…

The white flag is a symbol of surrender. It speaks in the same language to everyone. Its meaning is universal. When it appears, it calls for a ceasefire: under the protection of the white flag and the space for dialogue it creates, opposing sides can find ways to coexist, without the existence of one side meaning the submission or extinction of the other.

Text – Silvana Annicchiarico and Giorgio Camuffo

Realised Utopias


#venice Realised Utopias was presented at the first Design Biennale of London from the 7th – 27th of September 2016.



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In Time and Place
Shaping new temporal horizons


Friday Feb 12, 14.00 – 17.00

Wrap-up | In Time and Place: Shaping New Temporal Horizons

Exhibition & round table conference in English open to all sectors, moderated by Sophie Krier

What happened in the space of one week? Can we detect missing links? To which new horizons do the produced works and thoughts open up to? Can some of them be extended and shared beyond In Time and Place, where, with whom and how?

In Time and Place
New technologies for local resources


During the workshop that took place at ENSAD on the 8th February 2016, together with 30 students, we explored the potential of “Transition Design” in the neighbourhood of Montreuil; a design that “focusses on the need for cosmopolitan localism, a lifestyle that is place-based and regional, yet global in it’s awareness and exchange of information and technologies.” In collaboration with the Écofablab of Montreuil, we designed solutions for the needs of the neighbourhood, researching local waste materials and economies; envisioning the Ecofablab, and digital technologies, as production means for our prototypes.

— For more info

without Design


Digital Wax Print


Presented at Dutch Design Week 2013, Digital Wax Print explores the relationship between digital fabrication and the manual technique of wax-resist dyeing. Historically, due to globalization and industrialization, automated wax resist techniques were introduced and new breeds of batik emerged, such as batik cap and batik print which exist parallel to the traditional hand written wax resist batik tulis. NOW Digital Wax Print merges two contrasting production methods, creating a tool that transforms an industrial action into a small-scale production process by performing the function of a single step within an overall sequence. Adapting the machine to the process – taking a traditional technique focused on repetition and connecting it to the expected accuracy of digital data for fabrication – we create outcomes that differ from expectations. Unique patterns on wax-resist that normally take themes from our everyday lives, now come in the form of data fed into the machine and interpreted in it’s own particular ‘handwriting’. As the knowledge of traditional manufacturing and the accessibility of digital fabrication continue to evolve, the blending of steps in any order allows the tool to open up new possibilities.

White Flag
at the London Design Biennale


Public Products
— innovation through open-source design processes


Find out more about the Public Products project developed together with Jesse Howard for the WeMake workshop for NABA here.

Workshop for design without Design


design without Design commissions AnOtherShoe Workshop

17 – 18 June 2016
Hosted by the Total Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, South Korea.

Don’t run – beta
— Exhibition invite


Exhibition invite designed for Don’t run – beta at The Machine: Designing a new industrial revolution, 3rd edition as part of The Ruin at the NAI Rotterdam.
Illustration – Francesco Zorzi

Designers’ Joy
— Contemporary Jewellery Exhibition


Secondome Design Gallery, Rome
15 December 2014 – 30 January 2015

Designers’ Joy is the first Contemporary Jewellery exhibition presented by Secondome Gallery,
curated by Domitilla Dardi.
The exhibition hosts privileged new creations, along with the revival of existing projects, by a diverse group of designers of different ages and cultural backgrounds. The divergent spectrum of International jewellery present in this group show is analyzed in every possible aspect by 20 international designers: Massimiliano Adami, Maria Jennifer Carew, Odoardo Fioravanti, Lanzavecchia+Wai, RuiYin Lin, Eugenia Morpurgo and Olivia de Gouveia, Nucleo, Chiara Onida, Paula, Omer Polak, Superstudio, Giò Tirotto, Zaven. Marc Newson, Ted Noten, Gijs Bakker, Paolo Ulian, Rolf Sachs for CHP. Selvaggia Armani for Bijouets.
Every jewel opens a door to explore a different concept of design and beauty; thus, a reflection upon the language of ornament, decoration and beauty. This exhibition highlights the values of research in a new area of design for most of these established artists. Breaking away from the routines of their predominant design programs, the designers involved have experimented with technology, craftsmanship, shapes, materials and new productive processes.
Featured on Domus, Elle Decor Italia and Abitare.

Repair It Yourself


The activity of repairing is a form of re-appropriating control on our material world, allowing us to understand how things function and acting as a key tool for the consumer to control his post-consumption goods (waste). Shoes are one of those products that, with the rise of consumerism and mass production, evolved drastically from a completely repairable object; and the active social-economical structure that existed around shoe repair is slowly disappearing.

Shoes, both crafted and industrially manufactured, are almost always assembled through irreversible connections, stitching and/or gluing. This means that components such as the sole and the upper, although commonly made of two very different materials, are inseparable. Throughout use, shoes are worn and damaged both in the sole and in the upper.These shoes are designed with a reversible connection between the sole and the upper, allowing the repair process to be more transparent in relation to the material the individual component is made of. This project brings back in the hand of the consumers tools and knowledge for repairing. The shoes come with a repair kit specifically designed for them, but which can also be used to repair other goods in the house.

– Image by Mieke Meesen

Matter Loci x Matter Globalis
— BIO50 Biennial of Design Ljubljana, Slovenia


Find out more about the collaborative project here.

New journey
Exploring Slovenian Wool


Designing A New Industrial Revolution
– 2nd edition


TAC, Eindhoven – during Dutch Design Week

20 – 28 October 2012

New views
coming soon


Designing a New Industrial Revolution
1st edition


The industrial revolution was a revolution for engineers. Now designers are at the forefront of a new revolution. They are part of networks that enable them to develop new materials and systems, build their own machines, and seek new tools for production and distribution. These developments offer an alternative to mass production and open paths to a new economy and society.

New machines impact society. This is clearly highlighted in the area of Genk, with its history of being an industrial leading city in Flanders. The Machine shows how new machines in our lives and our society will shape the future. The concept of The Machine is in contrast with the industrial past of C-mine as a former mining area, where the contemporary machinery marks Genk as one of the most prominent industrial cities of Flanders.

Design Hub Limburg presents The Machine,  an interactive exhibition, accompanied by an extensive program with workshops, events and designers in residence. There will be a fashion workshop by DSGNRMRKT, a broad introduction into 3-D printing, and a workshop in collaboration with Fablab Genk around the hacking of everyday devices. A network evening will bring industry and designers together for an exchange about future business. In order to give an insight in the design process, a selection of designers will be invited for a residency at C-Mine.

Working in paradise


A single fibre, intaratara marsh grass, and a single tool, Uruhindu, are used to give life to a range of jewellery capable of narrating a royal technique that was getting lost over time.The Ububoshyi Bu’Uruhindu, used to produce the Agaseke baskets, is one of the techniques most representative of the Rwandan knowledge of craft. Working together with the CAMK cooperative of crafts-women and Namibian designer Olivia de Gouveia in-situ for two month resulted in a jewellery collection that reclaimed the neglected tradition, add a contemporary twist that would make it attractive to a new global market, thus allowing the women to work towards being self-sustaining. More about the project here.

Real Time
Visual Volunteer


Holland’s Zuiderzee Museum commissioned Dutch designer Maarten Baas to create a real time clock that reflects the museum’s approach, combining both timelines of the past and present. In real time, Maarten Baas expresses his perception of time by filming volunteers taking over the function of the hands of a clock thus affecting the way that time is shown.
 Image by Gerritjan Huinink