In occasion of this year’s Salone del Mobile, Milanese design firm Bloc Studios presented three new series of objects created in collaborations with designers Valentina Cameranesi, Nick Ross and design studio Objects of Common Interest.The collections were showcased for the first time as part of the collective exhibition hoseted by Alcova, a new creative hub from cutting edge designs located in a dismissed panettone factory. The pieces combine classic Carrara marble with Nick Ross‘s chromatic experimentation, who injected in the blocks inlays of unexpected nuances such as jade green and Portugal pink. Focused on exploring the “softness” of the stone, Valentina Cameranesi gives to the material organic and anthropomorphic shapes embellished by black and white arabesques to achieve a classic and minimalistic look, which yet recalls the columns and architectural elements of Baroque churches. Objects of Common Interest developes the concept of centerpiece into a series of “totem”-like pieces that can be arranged together on top of each other, like actual totems, or displayed on their own to get the best out of their sculptural appareance. The collective explored how different weights can be perfectly in balance, suggesting an idea of floating lightness despite their solidy. Photographer Camille Vivier emphasizes the erotic appeal of the objects that subtly remind of the women’s body and reproductive organs by creating interesting compositions with exotic flowers and fluid fabrics and a mysterious female’s silhouette.
Bloc Studios – Marble Stories for Alcova, Milano