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Thursday, April 27, 11:00 p.m.Friday, April 28, 1:00 a.m.
LeRoy Neiman Center
37 S. Wabash Ave
Chicago, IL
United States

Andrea Trimarchi (1983) and Simone Farresin (1980) are Studio Formafantasma, an Italian designers duo based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Their interest in product design developed on the IM master course at Design Academy Eindhoven, where they graduated in July 2009. Since then Formafantasma has developed a coherent body of work characterized by experimental materials investigations and explored such issues as the relationship between tradition and local culture, critical approaches to sustainability and the significance of objects as cultural conduits. 

Name of work : Nicolosi Materials: Mouth blown lava, lava rock, Murano glass Dimensions: 15X15Xh25 cm

In perceiving their role as a bridge between craft, industry, object and user, they are interested in forging links between their research-based practice and a wider design industry. 

As a result, works by Studio Formafantasma have been commissioned by a variety of partners including Fendi, Max Mara/Sportmax, Hermes, Droog, Nodus rug, J&L Lobmeyr, Gallery Giustini / Stagetti Galleria O. Roma, Gallery Libby Sellers, Established and Sons and Lexus. Whether designing for a client or investigating alternative applications of materials, Studio Formafantasma apply the same rigorous attention to context, process and detail to every project they undertake. The added nuance for the duo is that they do so with an eye to the historical, political and social forces that have shaped their environments.

Photo credits: Luisa Zanzani Project:Studio Formafantasma - Andrea Trimarchi, Simone Farresin Commission by : Plart Foundation

Their work has been presented and published internationally and museums such as New York's MoMA, London’s Victoria and Albert, New York's Metropolitan Museum, the Chicago Art Institute, the Textiel Museum in Tilburg, the Stedelijk’s-Hertogenbosch, MUDAC Lausanne, the Mint Museum of Craft and Design in North Carolina and the Mak Museum in Vienna have all acquired Formafantasma’s designs for their permanent collections. In March 2011 Paola Antonelli of the Museum of Modern Art in New York and esteemed design critic Alice Rawsthorn listed their studio amongst a handful of practices that would shape the future of design.

Andrea and Simone are lecturing and heading workshops in various Education and Institutions. At the moment they are teaching at the ‘Well Being’ Department of the Design Academy Eindhoven.