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17/09/2020 | DESIGN, PEOPLE

DORIANA FUKSAS: CONTINUOUS CHALLENGE BETWEEN MACRO AND MICRO

Posted by: Gisella Borioli

First inter pares in this extraordinary couple at the top of the most aware and advanced world architecture, Doriana, who participated with her husband Massimiliano Fuksas, in the circuit of amazing installations made with marble at Superstudio in 2013, claims the equal role of architects. The studio that husband and wife run as a couple has done great works all over the globe thinking about future cities, but she does not disdain even small-scale creativity, designing original micromosaic jewels in which she brings her strength and her femininity.

2000/2020 In twenty years what has changed, what will change?
In daily banality, design has always been given the very small connotation and, improperly, the very "large" plan to architecture. It seems clear to me that a distinction between architect and designer has been objective for at least a century. Architect and designer deal with very different things. Or at least that seemed to be. Today we have almost reached a creator hybrid figure who goes from large scale to the small one and vice versa. In other words, it remains that design autonomy has exceeded the limits it had set to conquer  sectors and horizons homogeneous to more complex life forms. Technology has certainly helped a lot in this context, allowing greater precision in detail study and certainly a considerable acceleration in production. It directly affects the work's technique, because thanks to the virtuality of 3D today we can imagine and make real spaces almost unthinkable until fifteen years ago.

The hallmark, the fil rouge of your work?
Evolution continues, linked to the search for new forms, materials, but also colors, atmospheres. The relationship with art and the dialogue with artists, sometimes almost unconscious, is a constant. Opportunities for meet and dialogue between different creative feelings. Above all, I like to face challenges. For example, micro-mosaic usage in the jewelry collection created for Sicis or even glass for Zoe, the lamp designed for Venini. All materials have potential, the only quesion is to understand how to use them best.

With which adjectives would you define the trends of contemporary design?
More than adjectives I would speak of nouns: tradition, innovation and great sophistication are key components.

Let's consider your experience at Superstudio. In what year, what and how did you submit your proposal?
"Asia" Turkish marble installation for "Bathing in Light" exhibition at Superstudio Più Art Garden, Fuorisalone 2013. The aim was to highlight the aesthetic and functional peculiarities of marble and at the same time bring the audience closer to a different experience in the use of this precious material. In concept, the architectural sign changed the exhibition environment into a mineral structure. Black marble for the flooring and side walls, and particularly bright white marble for installation structure. A precious concatenation of white marble dodecahedra rose from the ground, as if to draw strength from it. From a perspective point of view, the installation developed in height with an irregular sinusoidal pattern, almost like climbing along the black marble wall.

How important was the mise-en-scène?
I would say it was crucial. Sculptural shapes with geometric design, cracks, cuts, lights that pulsated like an inner breath in the heart of some of the elements that made up the installation; conceived not as a simple object to contemplate, but as a catalyzing experience. An artistic narration of the mineral world. A set of dematerialized “ice flakes” through light. The installation was conceived to create different pieces of product design. Each single element can become an interior design object or for outdoor environments; a vase, a seat, a lamp, an ornament for the house.

What does the Milan Fuorisalone represent to you?
The Fuorisalone offers a wide overview of what happens in the field of design. Confirming itself as a reference point of the sector, meeting and discussion place.

Milan, design capital. Is it or what does it need to be more completely?
This has been happening for years now. Nothing new. You can only understand that culture and school have largely made this city success.

A project of yours for 2020?
Many and none. Inspiration can come from everything, even from everyday life. The only thing I can say is that I'm not always looking for inspiration. I don't look for it, but in the end I find it anyway. I have always cultivated a passion for small things, for details, for paintings and sculptures, for fashion and for jewelry. For example, I have always designed my own jewels. For this reason it was almost natural to open the studio to new application areas.

"Asia" marble installation at "Bathing in light" by Massimiliano e Doriana Fuksas for Istanbul Mineral Exporters Association (IMIB). Temporary Museum for New Design 2013
Massimiliano e Doriana Fuksas at Temporary Museum for New Design 2013
SICIS by Doriana Fuksas for Sicis Jewels
ZOE by Doriana e Massimiliano Fuksas for Venini

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