Last month we have met Andrea Trimarchi and Simone Farresin from experimental studio Formafantasma at their latest exhibition The Stranger Within at MAK in Vienna.
Italian duo living in Eindhoven, The Netherlands, has presented selection of their conceptual and performative design pieces from the last 4 years. The exhibition called The Stranger Within organized by MAK curator Thomas Geisler is situated in the historical space of Geymüllerschlössel maison on the outskirt of Vienna.
Formafantasma is interested in social, cultural or material issues in the new contexts and critical visions. Their pieces comments, researches and discovers new points of view on design and its function in our modern society.
At Geymüllerschlössel you can see samples from their projects Botanica, Craftica, Moulding Tradition and other, all interested in cultural, craft and natural heritage of Italy.
Inspired by the historical space from the 18th and 19th centuries, designers have created also new pieces for the space, including glassware for Lobmeyr or The Stranger Within rug designed specifically for the Geymüllerschlössel’s Blue Salon in collaboration with the Italian producer Nodus. "Stood upright in the middle of the Salon, the rug acts like a totem around which the other exhibits distribute themselves through the villa’s adjoining rooms. This textile work was made as a reference to the Jewish family of textile manufacturer Isidor Mautner, which owned the villa from 1888 to 1938 and was then forced to flee the country after the National So-cialists took power," they say about the most recent project.