federico babina turns legendary architects into humorous, handcrafted, ceramic figurines

federico babina turns legendary architects into humorous, handcrafted, ceramic figurines

italian artist and graphic designer federico babina converts his signature illustrations into 3-D with his new series of collectable figurines, ‘arch toy.’ each design encompasses the aesthetic of a particular architect with a touch of fantasy, humor, and the artist’s imagination. the abstracted style, reminiscent of many of babina’s earlier works, integrate elements of the architect’s built forms and repeated geometric shapes found throughout his body of work.

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italian artist federico babina has created three ‘arch toys’, each representing a specific architect
all images © federico babina



‘I studied the faces and architecture of some of the most well-known protagonists of contemporary architecture to be able to do a semi- abstract portrait, by breaking down and dissect his projects to detect and select the hidden features,‘ describes babina. ‘in these sculptures each architect is made of his architecture.’ the artist has completed three figurines representing le corbusier, frank gehry, and oscar niemeyer and sells each of the handcrafted, ceramic representations on his website. each edition is limited to 70 pieces, measuring about 6.5 inches tall.

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corbu, ceramic and hand painted (16.5cm x 10cm x 8.6cm)

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babina describes corbu as an artist with skills in 5 point of architecture and an interest in concrete

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each of the figurines comes with a postcard illustration of the 3-D design

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franky, hand painted ceramic (16.5cm x 12cm x 11cm)

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babina describes ‘franky’ as having an interest in japanese art with the skill to create rotating geometric forms

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nye, hand painted ceramic, (16.5cm x 13cm x 11cm)

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babina integrates the sensual curves of niemeyer’s architecture into the figurine

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each figurine is one in an edition of seventy

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the artist has created a collection of three semi-abstract portraits

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