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m6 -Ferrero1947


M6 is a project by Luca Montrucchio for Ferrero1947, which is born from the reflection on the behavior of the different materials and those who work in front of a fixed and predefined scheme.

The fulcrum of the project is a square, lightweight, tapered structure made of 6 mm diameter, black painted iron rod and completed by a horizontal cover with 2 vertical limbs to turn it into a seat or stand.

In a second phase, were selected six different materials : wool, glass, perforated sheet, leather, linen and wood rope, and the finished structure was assigned, with attachment the cover scheme, to 6 artisans, experts in their field, who interpreted the precise design of the designer, also technically solving the fundamental knots for the manufacture of the product.

The selection was rigorous:

for wool: the Dutch weavers of Thomas Eyck, who are experts in Irish wool work

for glass: Cristal King’s glassware in Turin

for the perforated sheet: the blacksmith of Roero Gatto

for the leather: the pellet and the Pinerolese saddle Calautti

for the flax rope: the ancient Massia hammer manufacture

for wood: Tesio, the historic Piedmont carpenter collaborator of Carlo Mollino

The result is a hybrid object, a table of chairs or seats, in all the different types, to be used individually or assembled with infinite combinations.

To complete the M6 ​​collection there is a bench, obtained from the repetition of the module, with seat in monochrome patch fabrics, and a wall structure, with the same proportions and lines, with inserts in perforated black sheet metal.

M6 is available from November in the FERRERO1947 gallery in Turin, in corso Matteotti 15 or online by mail.

Studio Wieki Somers

Studio Wieki Somers

Wieki Somers and Dylan van den Berg studied at Design Academy Eindhoven in the late ’90s. In 2003 they established Studio Wieki Somers, which is focussed on providing an enlightened reading of the everyday enviroment. The studio’s oeuvre distinguishes itself by a sensitivity for materials, technological inginuity, and fantasy.

The designers work for a great variety of international manufacturers, museums and galleries, and have established an intensive relationship with Galerie Kreo in Paris. They have recieved numerous awards and their works are part of major collections, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Centre Pompidou in Paris, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.


Sholten & Baijing

Scholten & Baijing

Scholten & Baijing are working together since 2000. Scholten studied at the Design Academy Eindhoven, Baijings is self-educated. After the realisation of several projects in which they feel out the bounds between autonomous and applied work, in their new work there is more emphasize on design within the interior. Meanwhile they built up a relationship with different clients like Van Esch and Gelderland. Parts of their work are included in the regular collections of Centraal Museum Utrecht, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam en Nederlands Textiel Museum Tilburg.

Colour porcelain:
Based on extensive research on Arita ceramics and a analysis of historical local masterpieces, Scholten & Baijings created a series named colour porcelain. Typical Japanese colours, such as aquarelle-blue, light green, red-orange and ochre, are recontextualised and applied in new combinations on a set of contemporary, high functional tableware that in its entirety still reflect the typical Arita colour spectrum.

Layered colour compositions are carried out in various textures and shades of glaze and are combined with the natural white of the porcelain itself. Made with a delicate sense for local crafts and industry, colour porcelain shows an original European perspective on Japanese tradition


Davide Medri

Davide Medri

Davide Medri was born in Cesena on 7 August 1967. He graduated from theRavenna Fine Arts Academy, the Mosaic Art Institute and the Albestainer Mosaic Professional School.

After various artistic experiences, in 1997, following his meeting with Dilmos, mirror mosaics saw the light.

From the date of first creation, the glass mosaic mirrors are still the elements of design furnishings that highly characterise DAVIDEMEDRI creations. These are the art works that have determined the success both in terms of market success, press appraisal and recognition by architects and interior designers in Italy and abroad.

Today’s portfolio also includes, besides glass mosaic mirrors, tables, side tables, floor lamps, wall lamps, art works and design furniture made in iron, stainless steel and in glass mosaics.

Craftsmanship is totally artisanal where each single glass piece iscut and fixed by hand assuring high quality and that every art work and design element is unique.



Memphis-Milano: il fenomeno culturale degli anni '80


Memphis-Milan is the great cultural phenomenon of the 1980s that revolutionized creative and commercial logic in design. Born in Milan in 1980 from the idea of ??Ettore Sottsass and a group of young designers and architects, who over the years have become famous designers on the international scene, Memphis has overturned all the existing parameters, precisely because his goal was to break the status quo of the design industry.

According to legend Ettore Sottsass was in his Milan apartment with a group of young designers, including the radical Michele De Lucchi, to discuss how design had become bourgeois and irrelevant by now … meanwhile we listened to Bob Dylan’s song by 1966 “Stuck Inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues Again”. As a group, he decided at this precise moment to come together in a collective and to create a completely new collection, full of life and in step with the times, calling it Memphis.

Over the years many young designers passed through the collective, coming from different countries and cultures and all bringing their personal contribution in the context of a common manifesto; among them Martine Bedin, Andrea Branzi; Aldo Cibic, Michel Graves, Nathalie du Pasquier, Peter Shire, Javier Mariscal, George Sowden, Alessandro Mendini, Matteo Thun, Masanori Umeda, Arata Isozaki, Shiro Kuramata, Marco Zanuso jr and many others. To all of them, and to the supervision of Ettore Sottsass himself, we owe the most interesting projects of the Memphis group.

Memphis has imposed new shapes, new materials and new motifs on design. A first collection was born in 1981 with the financial support of Ettore Gismondi, president of Artemide, and immediately has an explosive effect: bright colors, an abundance of decorations, courageous asymmetries, totemic vertical furniture … nothing like this has ever been seen, catapulting the design in the extravagant and colorful universe of cinema, comics and pop art, to which the collective looks with interest and respect.

The objects of Memphis, produced in limited series, try to escape the banality of everyday life, taking up names that arouse an imaginary world in each of us, with a strong surprise effect thanks to the shapes and materials used, especially the decorative laminates of the Piedmontese society laminated Bra Abet, but also the Venetian ceramics and glass for the beautiful Sottsass vases, made according to the ancient techniques of the Venetian glass masters.

Among the most iconic pieces of the collection we can mention the colorful Carlton bookcase, the Tahiti lamp, the Totem Casablanca furniture, all designed by Ettore Sottsass, the Oceanic lamp and the first chair by Michele De Lucchi. the Oberoi armchairs and the lamp on wheels Super Lamp by Martine Bedin, the Palace chair by George Sowden and many other projects including furnishings, rugs (extraordinary those of Nathalie du Pasquier), ceramics, glass, silver, lamps, fabrics … all unscrupulous, colorful, brave and unconventional.

Memphis has become a symbol of New Design; its influence has been immense in the history of design and is still very strong in various sectors of production and beyond: its aesthetic has been taken up and embraced in various artistic fields in recent years.