If you are used to relate with architects/Makers, Digital Makers and so on and so forth, now it's the time to discover a new category of XXI century craftsmen: the poets/Makers (or Makers/ poets if you prefer). It's time, namely, to meet Nicolò Gerin from Lecco, born in 1989. Don't get mislead by his rock tuft and smart jeans: Nicolò's heart beats in hendecasyllables and his concept of design has a lot to do with a small prince who loves to look after his "rose".


Nicolò, you define yourself as a mix of "history, soul and magic": how did you get to this suggestive vision?
Achille Castiglioni said that "objects have to keep you company" - my idea of design partly has this view: a romantic vision of the role that a design product plays in our daily life. Every object has its personality, its own history to tell and a soul, but most of all it's more than an home décor item: it's a living entity which gives emotions and creates synergies with its users.

Which role does craftsmanship play in your works?
I love craftsmanship and 'making' things with your own hands: first, I think that only making things you can discover the main strengths and the limits of a product; second, I believe that only craftsmanship can create an artwork even in a mass-produced object. An handmade item won't be identical to the previous or the next one and this excites me a lot. Since I was a child I like to built, design and play with Lego bricks, now I use different materials but in the end I'm still designing with my hands and every time I see an artisanal studio I'm thrilled.


Hydria, "decomposed"

What are your product inspired by?
I like to test in every field and be inspired by everything: I don't give any limit to my imagination.  The daily life is my biggest source of inspiration: a walk, a song, a dialogue, something seen from an unusual point of view. Ideas come out when you least expect them and that's the funny thing. I agree with “Less is more” philosophy as explained by Mies van der Rohe. An idea that I keep in my projects, deleting any superstructure preventing a direct emotion. My goal is to reach the essentiality: this touch my eye and my heart too.

Which materials and techniques do you use?
To be honest, I don't have a favorite material or technique. I do like to experiment. I think that, in some way, the material itself suggests you an idea. For custom-tailored objects I use "poor" materials such as iron, ceramic and wood. Materials you can get your hands dirty with and which can surprise you with their essence, even without any special finishing.

Il vaso Hydria

Hydria vase

Hydria Vase is a very 'poetic' object: which is its story?
The project was born a morning of the last spring, while I was playing with many sheets of paper and a stapler. Hydria is a vase made by two elements: a centerpiece created with a striated metal sheet closed on itself with two welt joints, and one vial of blown glass. This vial, put at the centre of the foil, gets 'stuck' giving the idea of being suspended. In its shape, the vase is similar to a human rib cage with inside a vial which can contain only one flower at a time. Hydria is a chest which contains the real treasure: the flower. The concept of this project is to make a vase which can appraise the content, not the container.

Which secret wish does a young designer like you have?
I have many dreams I want to realize. No doubt, the main one is to affirm myself in this profession. I don't expect to become a design icon, I would be happy if my objects could give emotions to anyone, from small businesses to big companies and to their end users, cuddling them and making their daily point of views different. To be honest, most of all I want to go on doing what I like: designing emotions with no limits and testing things. In the end, you get to the top step by step.


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