Antonio Arico - Viva Napoli // Petite Mariée.
Antonio Aricò (1983) was born in Reggio Calabria. After graduating from the Politecnico di Milano and a postgraduate course at the Alta Scuola Politecnica, he completed his training abroad, studying Metal & Jewellery Design at the Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art in Scotland, Product Design at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in Australia and Traditional Furniture Design in Spain.
He works for Barilla Group, Seletti and Alessi. Since 2011, Aricò has lived between Milano and Reggio Calabria, his homeland and constant source of inspiration.
The attention paid to traditional techniques and local operating practices combined with attention to detail and the quality of the materials used in the execution of a work mark the main characteristics of his practice, which often deals with the creation of everyday objects.
Featuring a signature style that combines the spontaneity of the gesture with the simplicity of the execution, Aricò’s work has been presented at DMY in Berlin, the Salone del Mobile in Milan, Maison & Objets in Paris and the Design Centrum Kielce in Poland, Wabi Sabi exhibition in Turin, Nomadismi exhibition curated by Lidewij Edelkoort in Milan and at the Design Museum Holon in Tel Aviv.
Paris, 2st February 2016 – During Maison et Objet in Paris, Antonio Aricò presented his newest projects in collaboration with Alessi and LPWK.
Antonio Aricò decorated the pizza plates #vivanapoli using three Mr. Punches preparing a pizza with the Gulf of Naples and the Vesuvius as background. The distinctive elegance and style of this original pizza plate catch the eye and surprise us by this original and sophisticated interpretation of classic icons of the Neapolitan tradition.
The design is based on various modulations of the infinite shades of a single colour on each of the four versions of the plate, available in set of two pieces, combined in the following colours: red and green and blue and & brown.
Antonio explains: “These new Pizza plates tell the story of Italian food specialities, elegant and sophisticated in a way but also fun and different.
And, what I love is to think that this graceful and ironic touch in such a common and daily object will represent the Italian culture in the entire world. This piece has clearly been inspired by Giò Ponti’s monochromatic ceramics and the subjects’ poses hark back to the joy and optimism of the Pulcinella acrobats in Giandomenico Tiepolo’s Enlightenment.”
The action depicted is theatrical; the figures appear to be linked in a dance, a common movement spread to the entire representation. The result is a composition that ties the object into the rich tapestry of cultural references from where the research started.
“With the project VIVA NAPOLI, Antonio goes beyond the boundaries of product design and introduces us to his creative approach to graphic design and art craft”
‘Petite Mariée’ was born from a brief sent last year by LPWK design and Alessi, the focus was to work on a “non-design” theme: the Wedding Gifts. As first step, Antonio had to reinvent a classic Italian object called: the bomboniere. ‘Designing wedding favours was quite a challenge for Antonio Aricò’ explains Laura Polinoro ‘Alessi pushed Antonio to a different kind of imagery, exploring archetypes related to women: hospitality, the act of giving and sweetness.’
‘La petite Mariée’ is an icon of timeless and eternal beauty and is completely inspired by 18th century porcelain figurines. A deep research on the work of Archimede Seguso’s figurines and Venetian bombonieres from the Renaissance was conducted and translated naturally by Antonio’s doodle into the Alessi imaginary.
Petite Mariée is a graceful token of love ; a little dame, shy, sober and elegant with a dress that reminds the shape of a soft pudding or a “marzapane” cake. The colors are typical of retro wedding favours and the little touch of pearlescent pink adds a sense of dream and preciosity. The pink is nicely matching the satin copper finishes of the hair and the accessories and lower part of the skirt. Open the body and you’ll discover a nice surprise: wedding confettis or sweets.