Formafantasma embraces a broad spectrum of typologies and methods, from product design through spatial design, strategic planning and design consultancy. The Studio’s entire portfolio is characterized by a coherent visual language and meticulously researched outcomes.
2.6.5Sub RosaARCH AthensExhibition2022
Sub Rosa is the result of the collaboration between Formafantasma and artist Joanna Piotrowska. The result of the collaboration is a series of “anti-frame” framing devices that contain Piotrowska’s images of roses. These stainless steel devices impose a threatening tension upon the prints, and replicate the power dynamics inherent in her story.
2.5.2Prada FramesPradaEducation, Research2022
Prada Frames is a multidisciplinary symposium that delves into the complex relationship between the natural environment and design. The symposium focuses on the ecosystem of the forest and the logics that govern the timber industry today.
2.3.6The Milk of DreamsLa Biennale di VeneziaSpatial2022
The Milk of Dreams is the 59th International Art Exhibition at la Biennale di Venezia, curated by Cecilia Alemani. The design of this year’s main exhibition has been conceived by Formafantasma. Along with developing the general layout of the exhibition, the studio has designed five historical sections around which the rest of the artworks gravitates.
2.3.5Tre Stazioni per Arte-ScienzaPalazzo delle EsposizioniSpatial2021
Tre stazioni per Arte-Scienza are three exhibition hosted at the Palazzo delle Esposizioni in Rome, focusing on the relationships between science and art, society and contemporary culture. Formafantasma worked on the exhibition design for the totality of the Palazzo, from the exhibitions to the shared rotunda and staircases.
2.6.4Sissel Tolaas RE________Astrup Fearnley MuseetExhibition2021
Formafantasma worked in close collaboration with SisselTolaas to develop the exhibition design for RE________ at the Astrup Fearnley Museet.
2.5.1GEO‑DesignDesign Academy EindhovenEducation2020
'GEO–Design' is a two-year master's course at Design Academy Eindhoven lead by Formafantasma. This platform explores the social, economic, territorial, and geopolitical forces shaping design today.
2.3.4The Disquieted MusesLa Biennale di VeneziaSpatial2020
To mark the 125th anniversary of its foundation, Formafantasma has been invited by La Biennale di Venezia and Cecilia Alemani to design 'Le Muse Inquiete. When La Biennale di Venezia Meets History', an exhibition by Historical Archives of Contemporary Arts held in the Giardini della Biennale's Central Pavilion.
2.3.3Caravaggio / BerniniRijksmuseumSpatial2020
The exhibition design curated by Formafantasma at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam rethinks the ways Caravaggio and Bernini have been often presented, choosing to emphasize the contemporary and radical qualities of their works.
2.6.3CambioSerpentine GalleriesExhibition, Research2020
Commissioned by London’s Serpentine Galleries, 'Cambio' is an ongoing investigation into the extraction, production and distribution of wood products. The multidisciplinary approach highlights the crucial role that design can play in our environment, and its responsibility to look beyond the edges of its borders.
2.2.201858Giustini / Stagetti Roma Product2020
Conceived as display furniture for the exhibition Cambio at Serpentine Galleries in London, the collection of pieces '1858' is made from spruce sourced from the Val di Fiemme in Northern Italy. The timber was taken from a single tree among fourteen million that were felled by Storm Vaia over the course of a few days in October 2018.
2.4.5FF x BulgariBVLGARIConsultancy2020
Formafantasma developed a book of new jewelry display concepts for the renowned Italian brand Bulgari. The work focuses on the juxtaposition of two apparently antithetical concepts: luxury and imperfection. The notion of sustainability in temporary displays was also addressed.
'WireLine' designed for FLOS uses the power cable as one of the leading design features. The cable is flattened to resemble a belt made of rubber and hanging from the ceiling and holds a ribbed glass extrusion containing a LED light source.
The 'Clay' collection for the Italian based company Bitossi is exploring the raw, expressive qualities of ceramic. The vases are turned on a wheel and later ripped – off of the top. The brutal action exposes the earthly quality of clay.
2.6.2Nervi in the makingMAXXIExhibition2019
'Alcantara Studio Visit' is a multi – year project, co – produced by Alcantara and MAXXI and curated by Domitilla Dardi. Every year a designer is invited to showcase new work based on a study of the MAXXI Museum Archival Collection.
'ExCinere' is a refined collection of volcanic ash-glazed tiles, a new take on the tradition of volcanic lava as building material and a manifest of the enduring attraction between humans and the impossible force of nature.
2.2.16Visione UnicaI–DEA MateraProduct, Research2019
Drawing upon a variety of Basilicata's archives and unorthodox sources, 'Visione Unica' is an installation made up of five projections, ten screens and a small selection of vernacular objects exploring the cultures of environmental manipulation.
2.4.4FF x SamsungSamsungConsultancy2018
Korean brand Samsung asked Formafantasma to explore new aesthetic and functional possibilities within the realm of materials and finishings for portable devices and phones. The work grew beyond the brief, ultimately looking at ideas of privacy and trust in technology.
2.1.5Ore StreamsNGV - Triennale di MilanoResearch, Product2017
Commissioned by NGV and Triennale di Milano, 'Ore Streams' is an ambitious investigation into the recycling of precious electronic waste. The project uses diverse media to offer an insight into how design can be an invaluable agent for change.
The 'Pigmento' series by Formafantasma is part of a wider range of glassware made in collaboration with Nude. Each object is mouth – blown and displays a sandblasted matte look and subtle nuances in colour, owing to a unique pigmentation technique.
2.1.4Underground ReleaseBIO 25 / MAO SloveniaResearch2017
For 'The Biennial of Design' in Ljubljana, BIO 25, Formafantasma questions the Slovenian underground with a multimedia installation.
'WireRing' is a wall lamp designed for the lighting company Flos. The lamp is an exercise in reduction: stripped-back to its most essential components, the lamp delivers the most with the least.
2.2.13FoundationSpazio Krizia, Peep-HoleProduct, Research2017
'Foundation' reflects the designers’ interest in light's functional and expressive qualities, presenting a series of works made with different techniques and materials, together with a site – specific installation that shifts their experimentation onto an architectural scale.
With the 'Cromatica' collection developed for CEDIT – Ceramiche Italia by Florim, Formafantasma investigates the potential of colour in contemporary ceramic covering manufacturing.
2.4.3FF x KriziaKriziaConsultancy2017
As a part of a re – branding effort for the Italian fashion Brand Krizia, Formafantasma was invited to develop guidelines for fashion shows, windows displays and retail environments.
2.2.11BugiaRoll & HillProduct2017
'Bugia' and 'Gambalunga' are two candleholders Formafantasma designed for the American brand Roll & Hill.
2.4.2FF x HermèsHermèsConsultancy2016
The French fashion house Hermes invited Formafantasma to create a book of concepts for a cosmetics line. The work was developed using research from the brands' extensive archives and their historical use of color.
2.4.1FF x SportmaxMax MaraConsultancy2016
As a part of a brand re – positioning for the label Sportmax – owned by Max Mara group – Formafantasma was asked to develop guidelines for fashion shows and window displays.
2.3.2FF x LexusLexusSpatial2016
In 2016 Formafantasma has been invited to curate 'Anticipation', the Lexus brand presentation at the Salone del Mobile di Milano. The Studio interpreted this theme through the identification of elements within the company's products that will be fundamental for the future.
2.2.10DeltaGiustini / Stagetti RomaProduct2015
'Delta' is a collaboration between the Roman Design Gallery Giustini / Stagetti Roma and Formafantasma. The project is part of the gallery’s program 'Privato Romano Interno' which commissions international designers to use Rome as a source of inspiration for new furniture pieces.
2.2.9De Natura FossiliumGallery Libby SellersProduct, Research2014
"Mount Etna is a mine without miners – it is excavating itself to expose its raw materials." 'De Natura Fossilium' is an investigation into the culture of lava in the Mount Etna and Stromboli regions of Sicily, two of the last active volcanoes in Europe.
2.2.8StillJ. & L. LobmeyrProduct2014
'Still' is a collection of carefully engraved crystals, designed to serve the most humble and fundamental of all drinks: tap water. The works have been developed for and in cooperation with the renewed Viennese company J. & L. Lobmeyr. The collection pairs crystal with copper and activated charcoal to improve the taste of tap water.
2.3.1From then onEstablished & SonsSpatial2014
To celebrate the first ten years of Established and Sons, Formafantasma design 'From then on', a deconstructed clock conceived in dialogue with the architecture of the company’s showroom.
2.2.7AlphabetJ. & L. LobmeyrProduct2013
The 'Alphabet' drinking set is composed by twelve glasses and a pitcher. The pieces have been designed for the Viennese crystal company J. & L. Lobmeyr as part of the site – specific installation ‘The Stranger Within’ at the Geymüllerschlössel, commissioned by the MAK Museum in Vienna in 2013.
2.1.3Turkish RedTextiel Museum TilburgResearch2013
Drawing inspiration both from the Driessen Collection of the Textiel Museum in Tilburg and the history of Turkish red, Formafantasma designed a series of silk textiles dyed with madder roots in collaboration with the German colourist David Seidlitz.
2.6.1The Stranger WithinMAK Museum ViennaExhibition2013
Ambivalent stances towards the "foreign" or "strange" are the theme that Formafantasma have chosen for their presentation 'The Stranger Within' at the MAK Museum, Geymullerschlossel branch.
2.2.6CharcoalVitra Design MuseumProduct, Research2012
In conjunction with a major Switzerland retrospective on Gerrit Rietveld, Vitra Design Museum invited the studio to join a partner from the region to develop a design proposal. Formafantasma has been paired with Doris Wicki, one of the last charcoal burners in Europe.
'Craftica', explores leathercraft in conversation with other hand – worked, natural materials. The collection is a visual and tactile investigation into leather. Searching underneath and above the sea, from the vegetal to the animal world, the installation offers a holistic view on leather as a material.
2.2.4Wien SpielkartenVienna TourismusProduct2012
The design of the cards revisits the picturesque. Textures sampled from museum archives, iconic modernist buildings and traditional Austrian products are playfully combined to create a new iconic collection of these Viennese playing cards.
2.2.3BotanicaPlart FoundationProduct, Research2011
The 'Botanica' collection is designed as if the oil – based era, in which we are living, never took place. The studio investigated the pre – bakelite period, discovering unexpected textures, feelings and technical possibilities offered by natural polymers extracted from plants or animal derivatives.
2.2.2ColonyGallery Libby SellersProduct, Research2011
'Colony' is a series of mohair and mixed media blankets that refer to major colonies Italy held until the mid 1940s. The series is a prescient account of the impact of Italian imperialism on the urban infrastructure of these former colonies and the complex relationship these countries have with Italy.
As a reaction to this idealized representation of nature, Formafantasma designed a collection of three rugs inspired by the work of ninteenth century ornithologist John James Audubon, famous for his wonderfully detailed drawings of birds.
2.1.2 Moulding TraditionGallery Libby SellersResearch2010
'Moulding Tradition' is informed by the Sicilian ceramic tradition of Teste di Moro, copies of seventeenth – century vases from Sicily that portray a grotesque Moorish face. Through Moulding Tradition, Formafantasma questions the notion of national identity and the custom of craft to perpetuate the past mindlessly.
2.1.1AutarchySelf initiatedResearch, Product2010
'Autarchy' is an installation that proposes an autonomous way of producing goods and outlines a hypothetical scenario where a community is embracing a serene and self – inflicted embargo where nature is personally cultivated, harvested and processed, to feed and make tools to serve human necessities.