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Online Talk by Formafantasma | 24.02

12 February 2021

The Amsterdam based Italian designers duo, interviewed by the journalist Caterina Lunghi.

February 24th 2021
5.30 pm CET


CAMBIO – CHANGE Design in the Fluxis the title of the online talk that Formafantasma will hold on February 24th.

Since founding the studio in 2009, Italians Andrea Trimarchi and Simone Farresin have championed the need for value – laden advocacy merged with holistic design thinking. Their aim is to facilitate a deeper understanding of both our natural and built environments and to propose transformative interventions through design and its material, technical, social, and discursive possibilities.

Working from their studio in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, the practice embraces a broad spectrum of typologies and methods, from product design through spatial design, strategic planning and design consultancy. Whether designing to a client’s brief or developing self – initiated projects, the studio applies the same rigorous attention to context, process and detail. As a result, Formafantasma’s entire portfolio is characterised by a coherent visual language and meticulously researched outcomes.

For Formanfantasma, this crossflow of knowledge and experience taken from both their commercial contracts and their more autonomous projects has benefitted and informed the respective other. It has also given them a unique perspective of the design industry, allowing them to acknowledge the legacy of industrial production as the fundamental source for the designer’s expertise and agency in contemporary society while also addressing its historic contribution to environmental instability.

The studio’s prescient insight into the challenges facing design, culture, the environment and society has earned them the patronage of an array of international clients. Their projects have been presented, published and acquired in the permanent collection of international museums including New York’s MoMA and Metropolitan Museum, Art Institute Chicago, London’s Victoria and Albert, Paris’ Musée National d’Art Moderne, Fondation Cartier and Centre Pompidou, the Amsterdam’s Stedelijk Museum, Rome’s Museo Maxxi, Vitra Design Museum, Triennale di Milano.

In March 2020 Serpentine Galleries dedicated a solo exhibition to Formafantasma and their in – depth investigation into the governance of the timber industry.

Interviewed by Caterina Lunghi and a selected group of students, Formafantasma will talk about their approach to design and projects.

The talk is part of the “Disrupting Patterns” series, multidisciplinary and innovation-oriented open lectures that deal with various topics related to design, deepening them with the desire for research, contemporary processes and future themes.

The talk will be held February 24th – 5.30 pm CET.



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