Is a wallpaper pattern by Francesco Simeti, beautifully enriched by stucco relief and hand-painted decorations by Fabscarte.
Found imagery and historical botanical and scientific illustrations merge to create an imaginary landscape, an artificial habitat where a new lush nature seems to rise and prevail. We can find solace in this make-believe terrain, where an unfamiliar flora is fighting to preserve its own natural beauty and balance.
Selvatica is a project created in partnership with the artist Francesco Maluta for the “La Grande Bellezza” Award promoted by Starhotels in collaboration with the Cologni Foundation for Art Professions, the OMA Association - Observatory of Art Professions, and Gruppo GEDI.
Identified by the prestigious jury as a winning design, “Selvatica” is a wall lamp with LED backlighting, conceived as a window to the outdoors, creating a connection to nature even in places where it is not present.
The front is made of painted paper with subsequent material interventions on the back to create light and shade effects. The ovoid shape alludes to the idea of an oriental fan while the paper, with its different textures and thicknesses, lets the light shine through in a variety of hues.
The decorative motifs are hand painted in watercolours.
“A poetic and romantic interpretation of light,” commented Elisabetta Fabri, leader of the jury and creator of this special patronage initiative. "A particularly suggestive and sophisticated work, which I have chosen for its dual soul as both a creation of the highest craftsmanship and a contemporary design product: a perfect combination of conceptual design and manual tradition, fully in the spirit of this Award."
Starhotels Award “La grande Bellezza”
Allegra Hicks is an artist and a designer who works between London and Naples with the naturalness of someone who has the grace to draw the different and varied poetry that a place suggest.
Not surprisingly, her ability to explore the natural landscape attracted and ispired us to create the two works presented in the occasion of Edit Napoli 2020.
Allegra Hicks has conceived an ad hoc setting by creating a two sides room divider: with Bahia wallpaper on one side and Vite wallpaper on the other side.
Bahia wallpaper is conceived on geometric motifs in movement, created with a texture of tissue papers, relief stucco, veils, marquetries and golden powder which enhance the narrative effect of refined elements.
Vite wallpaper is inspired by a naturalistic motif with veils and drops of lacquer. Stucco reliefs in neutral tones emerge making the work three dimensional.
Studio Salaris, founded and directed by Alessandra Salaris in Milan, the beating heart and capital of Italian design, uses a contemporary and recognizable language to provide creative advice to companies interested in communicating and improving their aesthetic value.
Not only that, for years it has also created editorial services for the well-known design magazine Living Corriere della Sera, constantly searching with care and passion for the best news on the market and the excellence with which to study and create new and innovative products.
On the occasion of the editorial service of Living Corriere della Sera, published in November Issue 2019, Studio Salaris wanted to create a collaboration with Fabscarte, creating a subtle dialogue between the old and the new, between tradition and exotic charm.
Ninfee 2.0 is the result of a subtle reinterpretation of a historical paper from the Fabscarte archive, emphasizing the organic textures of the subjects through the use of a bold color that contrasts with the soft background, making it contemporary.
Photo: Beppe Brancato
Styling: Studio Salaris
Magazine: Living Corriere della Sera
SM is a team of designers and interior designers who have developed, over the years, their own vein of research into materials and nature, in an ongoing dialogue characterized by an approach combining different spheres and languages.
HomeLand and TenderFlora have been presented - in an ad hoc installation on cane structures - at Edit Napoli 2019, the first international fair of independent and editorial design.
In HomeLand, material is represented by intersecting and overlapping shapes delineating shadows, signs and chiaroscuro contrasts.
An work in which determination, strength, and the passing of time in a slow, constant evolution emerge, retreat and return to mold the material.
TenderFlora is a journey inspired by the East, by the levity of being and the sense of fulfillment, of savoring the moment. The white flowers express light, joy and sensuality, represented by sinuous, flowing movements, of branches stretching and imperceptibly touching. These paperworks are the fruit of comparison between SM and Fabscarte, who created and interpreted them in various stages during which the sedimentation of ideas was accompanied by research and development to identify the techniques most suited to giving - to both paper and pattern - a depth that goes beyond the simple image.
Shaping material and nature in the flow of transformation and movement. Describing the strength and levity of being.
Martyn Thomspon, world-class photographer and artist, was named for his charming and romantic aesthetic and for his ability to turn a small detail into a beautiful pattern. Admiring his work, the company wanted to translate his complex, full of colors and nuances world, into a decorative surface.
For the Milan Design Week 2017 we presented the papers Midnight Moon Dust and Rose Scented Mirage at the exhibition Ladies&Gentlemen.
The paper Midnight Moon Dust is inspired by the moon surface: on a layer aged with lacerations, indigo soil and coffee veilings cover the base; the tridimensionality is given by copper powder that highlights the depeer areas. Silver spots and metal patinas appear on the whole surface.
In Rose Scented Mirage watercolor techniques give to the bottom a marbled effect. Randomly dropped color spots emerge. The plastic surface contains these evocative plays of color that appear and disappear.
Studio Blanco proposes the paper Mostro Nostro 1, first of an artwork series part of a bigger research on wich the studio has been working for almost 5 years.
The project was born with the desire to distort existing and connected graphics of the Italian tradition through a manual scanning and deformation process, in order to make a contemporary intervention adding layer after layer of digital elements and repetitions.
Mostro Nostro lives thanks to incidents, experimentations and casuality, with the desire to insert uncontrollable elements in a work process. Starting from texture, engravings or marbled surfaces, the procedure is made of acquisitions, draggings, alterations, re-applications and then digital treatment to seek an imperfect balance between past and present.
Owl’s Head was born from the collaboration with the artist Francesco Simeti for the project “Doppia Firma” with Living, Yoox and Fondazione Cologni, on the occasion of Milan Design Week 2016.
The aim of this project was to combine innovative design with the tradition of the great masters of Italian art.
The reflection in Francesco Simeti's Owl's head begins from two engravings depicting a Rocky Mountains landscape and Owl's head, pick of the Adirondacks chain upstate New York, which gives also the title to the work. Here with Francesco Simeti we had imagined a restless and unreal natural landscape stressing the typical antagonism that characterizes the relationship between man and nature.
This contradiction reveals the very kind of relationship between man and his environment.
Following this dichotomy, we wanted to describe to through different levels of interpretation, trying to highlight the creative beauty that nature displays on her own, independently from anything else.
Stuccoed leaves and embossed flowers, juta canvas that highlight trunks, layers of tissue papers that point out rocks, the constant shifting from one level of the painting to another; the combination of all this elements gives a pleasant feeling of aesthetic delight.
Where The Rain Stops
The Pantheon , known since the second century A.D., has been studied and shown in all ages.
The projection of the inner dome appears on a screen: finely decorated on a black surface, the lines demarcating the geometries, become subtle signs of gold and the hole of the Pantheon rips the panels of the screen.
The project, exclusively design for Milanese gallery Camp Design Gallery, is a collaborative effort between us and Analogia Project. We created and then hand-drawn paper and the projection of the dome on the panels of the screen - with the ancient technique of dusting used in the Renaissance for the frescoes.
A prospective game deforms the projection of one of the panels, and invites the viewer to look for a point of view from which the circle back to being that, entering into a dynamic relationship with this work.
The result is a drawing deep and valuable, delimited by a brass wire that separates the world of representation from the real one.
This work was originally made for the exhibition "Stanze. Altre filosofie dell'Abitare", curated by Beppe Finessi, during the 21st Triennale, following the drawings by the architect Dullio Forte,
URSUS was born to give the chance to experience living in a zoomorphic space..
A wallpaper representing a Nordic landscape, is the background of the central space, the space of conviviality.
For this special collaboration we had realized two hand painted wallpapers using colors made by coffee, tea, ashes, and other organic elements that emphasize the role of the natural word as the denominator. Overlapped icing cards can be find in the work, there to give an earth-like, naif and spontaneous look.