Thursday, March 1, 2012

MILAN DESIGN WEEK NEWS

On the occasion of the International Furniture Fair of Milan to be held in April, Alessandro Ciffo will present, at the Triennale di Milano, Iperbolica: a new collection of 11 unique, silicone armchairs, entirely self-produced.

The exhibition’s title is inspired by the name of a series presented by Dilmos for the first time at the 2008 Design Week events, in a Scaccomatto (chequeboard-style) version, followed, in 2009, by Cubik, his first inflatable model exhibited at the Plart in Naples and Damien (Hirst), his first armchair dedicated to an artist, shown at the Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo in Turin; in 2010, by Gerhard (Richter) presented by Dilmos and at the Galleria Armory in Perugia; in 2011, by Alberto (Burri), again presented by Dilmos.

All of these creations are shaped simply by compressed air, which gives substance to the shape, making it solid but soft and inviting at the same time.

Designed to be a set of unique pieces, in a new version where the air is replaced by elastic polyurethane foam, making it more functional and safer over time, this latest series is dedicated to other masters of the art world: Jean Micheal (Basquiat), Michelangelo (Buonarroti), Willem (De Kooning), Anselm (Kiefer), Jason (Martin), Joan (MirĂ²), Claude (Monet), Mark (Rothko), Ettore (Sottsass), Victor (Vasarely).

The relation with the art history masters also becomes an unexpected malicious game where the artist takes the chance to ironically portray himself in the shape of a silicone armchair Ale (Ciffo).

Alessandro Ciffo lives and works in Biella. His research is focused exclusively on the use of matter that he describes as “ideal to be transformed into something beautiful.“

The original shape of his armchairs is created through silicone elasticity shaped with air or foam mixed with natural coloured pigments with the result of an uncommon incandescent polychromy.


This entire experience becomes a discovery of texture, ductility, colour mixtures and their combinations.

The collection will be published in a catalogue designed by Franco Mello, with photographs by Emilio Tremolada.

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