Contemporary times have made us used to altering materials through unnatural production processes which reinvent every daily action making us forget the value of authenticity, the preciousness of nature, the beauty of naturalness. The habit of alteration is now overtaking the limitations of necessity, forcing our desire for simplicity and truthfulness, which we search with the right obstinacy for which even the fruit that we eat becomes exclusive and is called, to distinguish it from “normal”, “biological”(?).
Having introduced the concept of 'cultivation' and 'sustainable' exploitation of the forest heritage to the use of wood, Itlas, which has been committed for years to the use and development of natural resources, has asked Archea Associati to extends the borders of their research on the use of natural materials for design purposes, and imagine a 'biological collection' of furniture.
These are chairs, benches, bedside tables, stools, tables, rigorously in solid oak wood, desirable and usable for their naturalness which becomes an innate and stylistic feature of the product.
With the collection “I Massivi”, all those inherently rigorous objects that do not require unnatural and elaborate transformation of the material, which usually, in the cycle of industrial metamorphosis, loses every feature expressed by the raw material with regards to resistance, mass, tactility, colour, smell, are intentionally made available.
On the other hand, Itlas' ability and familiarity expressed in processing wood, starting from the raw material, allows, unlike any other furniture manufacturer, a careful selection of logs from which to extract the dimensional excellence which constitutes the premise for the production of unique, exceptional objects, for this reason singularly numbered like artworks. A collection where the creators share the artwork's intellectual property with the real author, mother nature: a co-author which obviously does not fear comparison regards to creative ability and ductility.
Marco Casamonti graduates in 1990 from the University of Florence, and in 2001 became Ordinary Professor in Architectural and Urban Design at the Architecture Faculty of the University of Genoa.
He carried out intensive research and critical analysis on architecture themes, publishing essays and papers and holding conferences and lectures.
Since 1997, he has been the editor-in-chief of the international architecture magazine “Area”, and since 1999 he has been co-director of the magazine “Materia” with Paolo Portoghesi, both part of the Tecniche Nuove Group.
In 1988, he founded Studio Archea together with Laura Andreini and Giovanni Polazzi, to whom was added Silvia Fabi in 1999(to which Silvia Fabi was added in 1999/who were joined by Silvia Fabi in 1999).
The group's interests and research activities range from landscapes to cities, from buildings to design, and despite being focused on architecture, the projects cover graphics and publishing, exhibitions and events. The complementarity and scaling from assessment to building site allows integrated operations which are able to intervene in the different types of components of the projects. In addition to their research in the field of design, every group associate has a parallel activity at the Architecture faculties of Florence and Genoa. The most important projects include: the town library in Nembro (Bergamo); the new Cantina Antinori in San Casciano Val di Pesa (Florence); UBPA B3-2 Pavilion World Expo 2010; GEL, Green Energy Laboratory, in Shanghai; and the enlargement(expansion) and renovation of the Perfetti Van Melle site in Lainate, near Milan. Under construction are: the Tirana Tower, in Albania; 'Beautiful Island' in Dubai's 'the World', UAE; Changri-La Winery in Penglai; and Li Ling World Ceramic Art City in China.
Of Lithuanian origins, Massimiliano Fuksas was born in Rome in 1944.
He graduated in Architecture from the University of Rome “La Sapienza” in 1969. Since the eighties he has been one of the main protagonists of the contemporary architectural scene. He has been Visiting Professor at a number of universities(among various universities) such as: Columbia University in New York, the École Spéciale d’Architecture in Paris, the Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Wien, the Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Stuttgart. From 1998 to 2000 he directed the “VII Mostra Internazionale d’Architettura di Venezia”: “Less Aesthetics, More Ethics”. Since 2000 he has been the author of the architecture column – founded by Bruno Zevi – in the italian news magazine “L’Espresso”. He works and lives in Rome and Paris.
Doriana Fuksas was born in Rome where she graduated in History of Modern and Contemporary Architecture at the University of Rome “La Sapienza” in 1979. She has also earned a degree in Architecture from ESA, École Spéciale d’Architecture, Paris. She has done didactic activities at the Institute of History of Art at the Faculty of Letters and Arts and at Industrial Design Departement ITACA at “La Sapienza” University in Rome. She curated four “Special Projects” at the 7th International Architecture Exhibition in Venice: “Less Aesthetics, More Ethics” in 2000: Jean Prouvé, Jean Maneval, the Peace Pavilion and Architecture of Spaces, and the contemporary art section. She has worked with Massimiliano Fuksas since 1985 and has been director in charge of “Fuksas Design” since 1997. She works and lives in Rome and Paris.
Highly creative, Claudio Silvestrin was born in 1954, studied under A.G. Fronzoni in Milan and at the Architectural Association in London.
His interest in philosophy, his vision, his integrity, clarity of mind, inventiveness and concern for details is reflected in his distinctive architecture: austere but not extreme, contemporary yet timeless, calming but not ascetic, strong but not intimidating,
elegant but not ostentatious, simple but not soulless. Claudio Silvestrin has lectured extensively. In 2013 he was appointed as a Walton Critic and tutored at the Catholic University of America, School of Architecture in Washington DC.
Claudio Silvestrin Architects was established in 1989 with offices in London, and since 2006 in Milan also.
The work of the practice encompasses real estate developments, newly built houses and resorts for private residence, art galleries and museums, restaurants, luxury retail stores and furniture design. Clients include Giorgio Armani, illycaffé, Anish Kapoor, Calvin Klein, Victoria Miro, the Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo for whom he has designed the museum in Turin and the internationally acclaimed hip hop artist and producer Kanye West. Recently completed projects include: Sandy Island 18 Villas Development in Singapore, Oblix restaurant at the Shard in London and the Giada store in Milan Montenapoleone.