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Marco Ripa - Being an atypical blacksmith

Marco Ripa  
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Being an atypical blacksmith. Metal takes shape

Marco Ripa is an artisan and designer. He creates unique, iron and steel furnishing items. Marco was born in 1977. Aged about 15 he went to work in a iron and aluminium workshop. He graduated as a Mechanic from l’ITIS Montani in Fermo and began working in the workshop full time. He chose iron as the main metal: it’s less repetitive, noisier and very, very dirty. His reading led him to Calder, metal takes shape, colour and balance. He discovered Ruskin and the Arts and Crafts Movement:man is unique and unrepeatable like the items he builds. Aged 33 he opened his own metal-working laboratory.


Q&A with Marco Ripa

Your town. And three words to describe it.
Fermo: historical, beautiful, stationary.

Three words to describe your projects.
Lightweight, dynamic, versatile.

A colour.

A taste.

Antique, modern or contemporary?

The most precious item you own?
I never tie myself to objects.

Where is design going?
To rediscover craftsmanship, I hope.

Where are you going?
To my laboratory.

Three words to describe Italy.
Mother, educator, child murderer.

If not in Italy, where?
In the rest of the world.

Never without?
The sea.

A motto.
Man is unique and unrepeatable like the items he builds.