lorenzo damiani at triennale
lorenzo damiani at triennale lorenzo damiani at triennale
mar 09, 2010

lorenzo damiani at triennale

italian designer lorenzo damiani is known for infusing an element of surprise into his products. the possibility of combining several types of objects and functions into a single artifact is the common thread amongst his pieces. an exhibition displaying his career works to date was shown at the triennale milan.

‘airtable’, 2009 produced by campeggi image © designboom

fan enclosed in a metal cage that can be placed in a horizontal position for use as a table and used to blow air when returned to the vertical. it is fitted with another shelf at the base.

‘airtable’, 2009 image © designboom

‘mondo’ for cappellini, 2008 wool and viscose rug made by the tufting technique

the decoration is based on a classic persian design in an allusion to the historic home of carpet making and a floral pattern. the presentation of the continents in a mirror image is meant as a reflection on the precarious nature of the balance between the rich and poor parts of the planet.

image © designboom

chairs made out of gray plastic pipe connectors, 2007 image © designboom

chair made out of gray plastic pipe connectors, 2007 image © designboom

‘raccordi’, 2007 image © designboomset of vases made out of gray plastic pipe connectors used in plumbing and tubes of pyrex glass with a diameter of 11cm. the intention was to tackle the ‘high’ world of the decorative art, in its most classic form, the vase, using components designed for a completely different purpose.

‘onlyone’ produced for IB rubinetterie, 2006

the ‘onlyone’ range of faucet uses a theme of bending pipes and circular profiles to juxtapose disciplined geometry with the free flowing water. the onlyone faucet stands tall, and then sweeps back down at a dramatic 45 degree angle giving the water free reign. ‘onlyone’ produced for IB rubinetterie

‘air pouf’ produced by campeggi, 2005 ‘air pouf’ image © designboom

it is a vacuum cleaner housed in a polyurethane pouf with a removable fabric cover. the pouf is equipped with three holes, one to insert the suction tube, one to hold the on/off switch and a third to serve as an air vent. when it is used as a seat, the holes are filled with coloured balls, and when in use as a vacuum cleaner the ball covering the vent rises into the air.

‘airpouf’ – in action the ball floating in the air image © designboom

image © designboom

‘flying office’, 2004 200 x 200 x h 200

stackable office module built out of structural timber and an industrial pallet. equipped with desk, chair and shelves, it is completely wired up and can be connected to the power supply. it can be moved with a forklift truck, to any position in an open plan office.

‘flying office’ image © designboom

‘flying office’ image © designboom

‘H20’, 2004 washbasin complete with trap and shelf made out of molded plastic matching faucet 34 x 48 h 32cm

‘udine’, 2003 40 x 34 x h74cm

chair with a structure of metal tubing finished with white stove enamel and seat made of a cushion in soft transparent pvc filled with wood shavings. a door set in the bottom is used to insert, and if necessary, replace the shavings.

‘udine’ image © designboom

‘luce’, 1999 28 x 16 x h 40cm image © designboom

three dimensional cross made by thermoforming fluorescent acrylic with a blue tint. it is fixed to the wall with screw anchors and used to hold a church candle.

‘luce’, 1999 28 x 16 x h 40cm image © designboom

‘packlight’, 1995 14 x 6 x 24cm

exhibition view image © designboom

osram dulux fluorescent light bulb, including flex, switch and plug, packed in a transparent blister to be used as a ‘diffuser’.

‘packlight’, 1995 14 x 6 x 24cm image © designboom

lorenzo damiani portrait © designboom

lorenzo damiani was born in 1972 at lissone and lives in monza. in 1999, he graduated from architecture at the milan polytechnic and later took a master’s degree in industrial design at the scuola politecnica di design. he devoted himself to furniture and product design and has worked with many companies including campeggi, cappellini, montina and acqua di parma.

in 1998, he won the progetto giovane-compasso d’oro prize. in 2001 and 2007, he was given a good design award by the chicago athenaeum and in 2001 and 2004 won first prize in the yonge & design competition staged by rima editrice. he has held two solo exhibition ‘il doppio senso delle cose’, organized by cristina morozzi at the milan trade fair in 2003, and ‘in-coerenza’ at the otto gallery in bologna in 2004.

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