Botanica

28th April 2011

Always a pleasure to visit during Milan Design week, Spazio Rossana Orlandi yet again held most of the highlights from Milan for me this year. Studio Formafantasma of course delivered (yet again!) a beautiful show. Researching into bio plastics and polymers they explored colour, texture and form.

Commissioned by Plart, an Italian research institute dedicated to scientific research and technological innovation and to preserving plastic works of art and design, the project celebrates the Bakelite era as well as making us re consider plastic - a material that was once seen as a symbol of modernity, now seen as a negative product of the oil years as we strive for a more sustainable view on production and materials.

Exploring Botany the studio researched natural polymers extracted from plants and animals to include Rosin Dammar, Copal a sub fossil state of Amber and Shellac a polymer extracted from insect excrement. Immersing themselves in the art of botany the resulting objects are beautiful, fragile and intriguing.

The natural textures and colours of the resins result in a primitive yet contemporary aesthetic with plastics used as precious detailing as a reminder of a new post industrial aesthetic.


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