La Stanza dello Scirocco,
fruit bowls for Alessi
How to design the Wind
A family of objects for the table, which was born around the story of a magical and abstract place, where one is forced to stay and where everything is unstable: the room in which you lock yourself away to shelter from the sirocco, in traditional country houses in Sicily. It is a collection of arhythmic objects, composed of small splinters joined together by points in unstable equilibrium. They were designed starting from their shadows, stopping unexpected moments of fragments that the wind stirs in the air. Shadows that want to reach the edges of the table and go beyond, on the walls and ceiling, enormously large.
In the large old country houses of Sicily, almost concealed inside their structures and totally surrounded by other rooms, the sirocco room can be found. Windowless, it is the only space where one can live when the sand-bearing wind is unleashed from the African desert, blowing incessantly for three days.
It is an abstract place that one is forced to inhabit but which one looks forward to abandoning to return to everyday existence.
This condition of unpredictability, of transitional space, the ever-present sensation that the door will be blown wide open and that papers, notebooks and drawings will be strewn everywhere, is not unlike everyday life itself. The sirocco room is the place where silence protects objects and where the objects in turn rejoice at their suspended, short-lived instability.
GONE WITH THE WIND
MT Drawing – Ink on paper, 2010
Materials: Laser cut and folded, painted or stainless steel
Colors: Black, White, Natural Steel