21 May 2021
This new series, Design bites, unveil the backstage of contemporary creation. Tackling various topics from personal designer processes to the position of Collectible design on the global design market; these bites offer different views to suit all tastes. Today we talk with the designer Roberto Sironi from NODUS gallery.
COLLECTIBLE: Can you talk about a new collection that you release for COLLECTIBLE SALON?
Robert Sironi: Antropico Entropico is a triptych of carpets based on graphic elements taken from satellite images: traces of the anthropic landscape, decomposed and recomposed according to an entropic principle.
By reorganizing these elements, I wanted to create a new, imaginary environment, a textile papier collé of overlapping elements in which colors and shapes mix by stratifying, creating three-dimensional landscapes, impossible islands, cartographic visions.
“ I sampled some of these geometries and I combined them in order to create new landscapes to experience in the interiors.”
C: What inspired you in the design of this work?
RS: The carpets are the result of more than 90,000 satellite images reviewed, from all latitudes. Observed from satellite images, human intervention on the planet appears as a multitude of patterns formed by unnatural geometries and artificial colours, borders that dissect natural landscapes, rivers that disappear in dams and huge forest area consumed by cultivated fields. I sampled some of these geometries and I combined them in order to create new landscapes to experience in the interiors.
C: How did you get into collectible design? Why did you focus your practice on this type of design rather than industrial design?
RS: Through this approach, it is possible to do more extensive and in-depth research. These projects are always the translation of a complex concept, built over time through study and research, and this requires timing that the industry cannot always afford. Furthermore, the productions are often handcrafted, with a high experimental rate, enriching the project from a qualitative point of view. Editions are often limited, so if materials and processes are carefully chosen, the impact in terms of carbon footprint is much lower than the industry.
C: What are the next projects/exhibitions you wish to highlight?
RS: In early June I will present RUINS, a solo show at Carwan Gallery, in Athens, with the launch of the new works that complete the collection, together with the presentation of a monographic book published by Nero Editions which illustrates my research and my design approach.
About Roberto Sironi
Roberto Sironi is a practice-based research designer, who lives and works in Milan. According to his perspective, matter is seen as an ecological and cultural element, which is investigated through an anthropological approach starting from the analysis of the historical, geographical and cultural features that define it.