Have you ever thought that a typical kind of patisserie could become an object of design? This is exactly one of the projects by Pecoramello Architetti, whose conceptual idea is inspired by objects that recall territories, traditions and emotions. Design becomes a tool used to communicate the relationship between man and nature, in a green way. The Pecoramello Group was born in Naples in 2001 from a collaboration between Anna Lisa Pecora and Francesco Mello. Both are architects but thanks to their backgrounds and professional specializations they have developed different skills. Anna Lisa’s main area of expertise is in the artistic field, Francesco is instead more technical and engineering-skilled. This mix of different styles results in the ability to work on structural calculation, design and interior architecture.

As Anna Lisa explains, their projects "always start with an artistic image, but before their production there is a deep technical and engineering analysis. These two different approaches coexist thanks to our professional peculiarities, which become a support and a check to the other one's work".

La lampada Rose

Rose lamp

What are your objects inspired by?

We follow promotion principles and a research on sustainable design and technologies, based on the idea that even through "design" we can mend the relationship between man and nature: through its forms, its message and its production and recycling process. Therefore, the guiding principle of a project is an harmonic balance with the environment and the territory, through a spontaneous and familiar formal language (…). The happiness you feel looking at nature comes from the harmonic balance between different elements and from shapes that have a spontaneous development, guided only by their own organic features.

It's exactly who lives, cleans, observes and walks through that gives life to an object, and his/her relationship with it will be the more harmonic the more its shape will respond naturally to his/her disposition. To feel free in a closed environment, happy in everyday actions, rested while working, happy while resting, yourself living into someone else's thoughts… All this is possibile if our physical boundaries - like the objects sourrounding us - don't seize us in an alien reality, but we feel them as familiar. In this harmony of shapes which countour spaces, every thing will find its place, every function its right-form, every feeling its nest.



Which object made you especially proud?

The Sfogliata lamp. The innovative side of its project isn't just in a purely formal aspect, but also in a richness of conceptual contents which could turn it into a starting point for a promotional action of our area through design language (…). Sfogliata comes from the idea of giving a shape to a symbol: a design object telling a story and a territory, becoming custodian of a people's soul and promoter of our places. Only a lamp could spread this story, flavoured with parts of past lives, flavours and smells, and only a lamp could spread its light with alla the shades and the different caharacters of a people full of colours.

To light up, evocate, pass on, fascinate, symbolize, promote: Sfogliata lights a kaleidoscopic landscape of ideas and suggestions, and you feel it at first sight. From neapolitan sfogliatella it takes its character's complexity: now delicate, for its minimal formal style, now intense, for the energic dymnamism with which it emanates its enlightening soul. Sfogliata decorates and distinguishes the surrounding space for its expressive language's uniqueness, at the same time it can interact with any kind of context for its formal linearity. In its bigger version it becomes a protagonist: at the same time a weightless sculpture and a pumping heart of emotions, even before than of light.

Sfogliata e il centrotavola Eli al Fuorisalone di Milano

Sfogliata and Eli at Fuorisalone 2014, in Milan

Why, after all your experiences, did you decide to enter into independent design world?

The path that led us to the choice of self-production has been gradual and almost natural. After so many years of experience in architecture and construction design, we approached this field per chance, taking part in a design contest. For a group accustomed to materialize their ideas, the step from design to self-production was short.

How can we resist the temptation to experience firsthand the issues related to the "making" of an object exactly as it happens on a construction site? Our passion for self-produced design has then grown gradually, with the study of different materials and processing techniques related to the observation of the relationship between aesthetics and function.

Il tavolo Egg

Egg table

Which materials and techniques are you using, and why?

Our objects are completely and manually self-produced. This allows us to directly control the whole manufacturing process, from prototyping to finishing final product's details, even those you can't see. We use mainly plastic materials and the one we prefer is polypropylene, for its technical features: high heat and impact resistance, flexibility in cold-working, and it’s easy to cut.

What can you tell us about your future projects?

We can't say we have a project idea hidden in a tresure chest, at least not just one because our career path is constantly changing and it always gets new hints. The inputs that feed our hunger for creativity are everywhere, hidden in the simplest everyday actions or taken from the fascinating micro- and macro-cosmos of nature. A list of our often craved objects is long and it's not always justified by other than the simple desire to create, to be just for one moment manufacturers of emotional spaces and joyful moments. If there were a single object that can bring a smile to even the darkest souls, that would be first on the list.



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