Podcast interview: Mario Trimarchi for Alessi

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Dezeen podcast: Italian designer Mario Trimarchi has designed a set of table centrepieces for Alessi. In this podcast he describes the project and his experience of working with the Italian brand. 

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Called La Stanza dello Scirocco, the collection of table centrepieces is made of steel in black or white.

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In this podcast, recorded at the Design Museum in London during the launch of the collection, Trimarchi talks about working with Alessi, the inspiration behind this project and his obsession with shadows.

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Here's some more information from Trimarchi:

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"La stanza dello scirocco” is a range of items born out of the abstract and motionless atmosphere of a magic place: the room in large Sicilian country homes where one is forced to seek shelter from the sultriness while waiting for the sirocco wind to die down. It is a room without windows in which you can do nothing but ponder the wind that is undoing all sublunary things outside. The upshot is a collection of geometrically irregular items made up of small splinters of various sizes, interlaced in an unstable balance.

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Their peculiarity lies in the fact that they have been designed with their shadows as starting points by halting unforeseen moments of fragments agitated by the wind, shadows that multiply and are as restless as unfocused photographs, that are determined to reach the edges of the table and, in disproportionate sizes, to go beyond to the walls and to the ceiling.

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For me, the magic lies in the fact that the project was hatched from things that come to pass outside the object itself, as if each basket and fruit dish were defined for the most part by that which it generates, i.e. its shadows, rather than by its function.

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At the outset, I designed a great deal for the sirocco room, endeavouring to stop paper photograms in flight and shadows in light movement.

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And so I came up with the idea that “La stanza dello scirocco” could be recounted through the story of drawings done by hand and through images of shadows, and that we could then ask everyone to exert themselves ever so slightly and make a small input with their own imaginations.

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Posted on Monday, August 3rd, 2009 at 10:33 am by . See our copyright policy. Before commenting, please read our comments policy.

  • stev

    a nice simple idea – and a good example how too much hype creation with text, says, drawings and selfportrait destroys it all.

  • http://www.unruly.ca Katy McDevitt

    Nice! I very much like the exploded quality of these pieces.
    The backstory is rather ponderous tho’.

  • http://arkiqbai.multiply.com jzi

    this is a great idea… i love to make an architecture with this thing…

  • Pierre Sinsua

    very clever

  • http://www.fairgift.co.uk/ Fair Trade

    I love the design and I tend not to like Alessi design – great form not so great at function IMHO.
    Does Dezeen do regular podcasts? If yes please let me know and I’ll subscribe…

  • http://okanakgol.com nako

    It is beautiful with its nature like a beautiful woman without make-up.. and i really agree with the idea of drawing. Nowadays as you told everybody gets crazy about computer stuff but they cant draw..Products coming up from the computer programms ability and that makes me sometimes sick..Anyway thank you again for your interview. It was nice to hear.