PRESS RELEASE June 2019
ammann//gallery at Design Miami/Basel 2019
ammann//gallery is thrilled to return to Design Miami/Basel, one of the leading design fairs in the world from June 11th to June 16th, 2019, at Messe Basel in Switzerland. The gallery will present a special focus on Italian design contrasting rare and unique wall pieces by Studio Alchimia and Ettore Sottsass and new works by Turin based Studio Nucleo. Accompanying this selection, splendid works by late Dame Zaha Hadid, Satyendra Pahkalé and Rolf Sachs.
Gallerist Gabrielle Ammann is a renowned expert in Italian design from the '80s and has been working with the oeuvre of Studio Alchimia since then. The work of Alchimia - with political and intellectual connotations - was decisive for the second wave of radical design, which culminated in the popularization of anti-design in the '80s.
The gallery will show original collages and drawings from the period by Studio Alchimia members Carla Ceccariglia, and Bruno Gregori as well as rare prints from the '90s by Ettore Sottsass. Hand drawing was an essential component of the practices of architects, designers, and artists of the period.
The work of Studio Nucleo lives in the intersection between art and design, function, and sculpture. Their series Souvenirs of the Last Century upcycle physical memories into new forms, reclaiming discarded wooden materials from different eras and fossilizing them with a transparent body of resin. The furniture is both ancient and contemporary, revived and restored into a new life — also new stools from their Stone Fossils and sculptural glass vases from the Presenze series. Nucleo's mastership in metal is displayed in their Bronze Age Console and the Metal Copper Fossil Coffee Table, some of their best examples.
Boolean, Nucleo's more recent sculptural and artistic body of work showcase the realm and reach of the studio practice beyond design. This new series explores the concept and use of boolean data, computer-aided design operations of subtraction, intersection, and union and boolean algebra, in which the variable assumes just the value of true and false in the creation, construction and intervention of classical sculptures — analyzing the role of past experiences in giving meaning to forms, contractions, and expansions of material reality.
Dame Zaha Hadid's architectural narrative explores the movement through space, a narrative that is also expressed in her design objects. Her Liquid Glacial Stools appear transformed from motionless to fluid by the subtle waves rippling on the surface as if generated by a falling drop of water. The design embeds formal complexity and light refraction within an apparent fluid form.
Designer Satyendra Pakhalé skillfully evolved a humanistic design language by blending ancient materials and techniques from his native India with state-of-the-art technology. His acclaimed Bell Metal Collection, made of bronze, metal sheet and copper alloy, reflects on the impact of technology on the artisan process. Produced using lost wax methods and metal casting, old and new materials and technique are mixed to create furniture and decorative pieces that appeal to all the senses and evoke history. The BM Horse Vases are a continuation of this series that was born in 2000 and has continued to evolve.