Andrea Trimarchi (1983) and Simone Farresin (1980) are Studio Formafantasma, an Italian designers duo based in Amsterdam. Formafantasma’s 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 characterised by experimental material investigations and explored issues such as the relationship between tradition and local culture, critical approaches to sustainability and the significance of objects as cultural conduits.
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. Works by Studio Formafantasma have been commissioned by a variety of partners including Fendi, Max Mara – Sportmax, Hermès, Droog, Nodus rug, J&L Lobmeyr, Gallery Giustini / Stagetti Roma, Gallery Libby Sellers, Established and Sons, Lexus, Krizia International and Flos.
Their work has been presented internationally and museums such as New York’s MoMA, London’s Victoria and Albert, New York’s Metropolitan Museum, the Chicago Art Institute, Paris’s Centre Georges Pompidou, the Textiel Museum in Tilburg, the Stedelijk’s-Hertogenbosch, the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, MUDAC Lausanne, the Mint Museum of Craft and Design in North Carolina and the MAK Museum in Vienna, Frac Nord-Pas de Calais, Centraal Museu, Utrecht. have all acquired Formafantasma’s designs for their permanent collections. Andrea and Simone are currently teaching at the ‘Well Being’ and ‘Contextual Design’ Departments of the Design Academy Eindhoven. Since October 2016, they are at the head of the Design bachelor at MADE Program in Siracusa, Italy.
“Delta” is the collection that inaugurates the collaboration between Formafantasma and the gallery. Composed of lighting fixtures, furniture and objects, “Delta” expresses the mix of architectural styles of the city of Rome that, as with sediments, have layered over one another over the centuries. Formafantasma found in fact knowledge in the past. They were particularly attracted to very mundane objects of imperial Rome and while some artifacts seen in museums have served as inspiration, others have been directly sampled and carefully updated for contemporary use. The collection, curated by Domitilla Dardi, is edited exclusively by Giustini / Stagetti, and has been developed within Privato Romano Interno, project curated by Emanuela Nobile Mino that since 2011 commissions designers to use Rome as a source of inspiration for new furniture pieces.