Formafantasma Shelf – Formafantasma

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Written By Jim J Neal

Marco CappellettiAbove – Formafantasma cofounders Simone Farresin and Andrea Trimarchi.
Formafantasma, a Milan-based design team, has made a name for itself by creating furniture, objects and spaces that are directly connected to the planet’s uncertain future. Simone Farresin, Andrea Trimarchi, and their cofounders, often begin from a sense or place. Sometimes, they add a poetic twist, such as the Cambio installation at the Serpentine Nord Gallery in London. Their work is characterized by rigorous research and often a use of local archival material.
The T Shelf is their latest design. It was developed with Hem, a Swedish design company. The collection consists of six extruded aluminum modules that can be customized configured. It is made using Hydro Restore, which is a combination pre- and postconsumer waste and primary aluminum. Farresin states, “We wanted something versatile and industrial.” “Working with Hem was ideal for that.”

Formafantasma’s T Shelf Collection for Hem.Erik Lefvander
This simple design can be fabricated in other materials, and it could eventually evolve beyond shelving. Petrus Palmer, Hem’s founder and CEO, says that the ultimate goal is to design items for tomorrow’s auction houses. He also hopes to give them a long, happy life. This is an important aspect of sustainable consumption.
“We wanted something versatile and industrial.”
Formafantasma will be hosting an exhibition at the Venice Biennale and a series new lighting fixtures for Flos. The future is the focus of Formafantasma. Farresin states that designers have a responsibility to “question this moment in history” and to “question how it might shape design.”

This story first appeared in the April 2022 issue ELLE DECOR. SUBSCRIBE

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