posa project by massimo faion and carwan gallery at design days dubai 2015 posa project by massimo faion and carwan gallery at design days dubai 2015
mar 08, 2015

posa project by massimo faion and carwan gallery at design days dubai 2015

posa project by massimo faion and carwan gallery at design days dubai 2015
all images © carwan gallery

 

 

 

stories of hawks and falconers might seem to originate from a far off, ancient land. however, the practice of falconry–maintaining and training falcons or other birds of prey–is still very much alive, and constantly evolving in contemporary times. the challenge of ‘posa project’, by italian massimo faion, is to re-imagine the sport in a modern context. faion’s series of objects is the accumulation of a thorough study into customs, function, and aesthetics of traditional falconry.

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posa #1 bent beech wooden ring, natural fiber rope, brass structure and green guatemala marble base

 

 

 

‘posa project’ combines volumes and geometric forms adapted to precise technical requirements. the perches come directly from original aesthetic criterions, combined with luxurious materials, to become statements that go beyond functional value. the solid beech wooden rings are handmade in italy by the same factory that developed components of the thonet chair. bases are made of a fine selection of italian marble, hand turned and finished. metallic components are made of pure brass by milanese artisans, and meticulously plated in pure gold, pink gold, shiny or matte silver by de vecchi

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(left) bent beech wooden ring, natural fiber rope, brass structure
(right) black dyed bent beech wooden ring, black fiber rope, shiny silver plated polished brass

 

 

 

the result is a sculptural and elegant object ergonomically perfected for the birds. two different types of support were created to correspond to the falcons origin (arboreal or desert). a wide area of stability afforded by the marble base offers a secure station for the animal. the pole can also be extracted and placed directly into the ground. ‘posa project’ exalts the falcon, while also providing an iconic status symbol to its master. the collectible perches are a cultural hybrid, decorative object created with pure lines and noble materials reminiscent of contemporary middle eastern practices and italian craftsmanship.

 

carwan gallery unveils the ‘posa project’ at design days dubai, march 16-20, 2015

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posa #2 black dyed beech wooden ring, black fiber rope, rose gold plated brass and marquina black marble base


posa #2 black dyed bent beech wooden ring, black fiber rope, rose gold plated brass

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posa #3 black dyed bent beech wooden ring, black fiber rope, silver plated brass and marquina black marble base 

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(left) oiled alder turned wooden block, satin silver plated brass and white marble base
(right) oiled alder turned wooden block, satin silver plated brass 

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massimo faion, creator of ‘project posa’ at exhibit 

 

 

 

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