Searching for balance and stories. All the magic of incompleteness.
Sovrappensiero Design Studio was founded by Lorenzo De Rosa and Ernesto Iadevaia in Milan in 2007. Their work is ongoing research, through experimentation and industrial production, to which the duo applies its delicate, dreamlike vision. They collaborate with several Italian design companies like Porada, Bialetti, Incipit, Corraini, WayPoint and Manerba. In 2014, they won first prize in the competition Young&Design, with the Cook project. Product design is combined with interior design and furnishings, communication and education.
FurNature is a project based on balance. The items we surround ourselves with are the result of a process involving intercontinental actors and movement, if we consider: the design stage, the extraction process and transport of minerals, production and, last of all, distribution. These products are ours because we purchased them. But the link they have to the world they come from is difficult to read, has no geographical connotations; and no resonance in the cultural reality of their owners. Work on details, localisms, customisation has led us to a new research project to transform indistinct mass products into unique pieces, characterised geographically; with an identity and open to completion by the user. We have created “incomplete” objects, aesthetically anonymous and stateless; but custodians of a functional intelligence, that can be completed and activated by addition of natural elements found by the user in a specific location and chosen based on tastes, needs and territorial links. This creates a visible duality in the final object: a minimum component, born industrially, reproducible anywhere and distributed globally, child of no place; and a natural, unique component, child of a specific place, built on the tastes of the end user, creating a new balance between global and local.
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Q&A with Sovrappensiero
Your town. And three words to describe it.
Caserta / buffalo mozzarella - Vanvitelli - square
Three words to describe your projects.
Respectful, slow, narrative.
Antique, modern or contemporary?
We can’t answer that.
The most precious item you own?
Where’s design going?
The needle’s leaning towards style for itself, I hope it moves to the centre soon.
Where are you going?
We’re trying not to move too far from the centre (of the Bovisa).
Three words to describe Italy.
See Naples and die.
If not in Italy, where?