CRAFTSMEN

Explore the artistic world of Fritz Baumann carved wood collection

Explore the artistic carved wood collection which unites archaic forms with a modern interpretation of the oldest furniture of mankind.

12/05/2020
EXHIBITION

Venice Design 2016 with Ariel Zuckerman

May 28 - November 27  2016
Palazzo Michiel, Venice - Italy

In the context of the 15th International Architecture Exhibition of la Biennale di Venezia 2016, the European Cultural Centre presents its exhibition
"Venice Design 2016" in one of its prestigious Palazzi in Venice, Palazzo Michiel.

Natural resources are limited

The demand of raw materials is constantly increasing with no concern over the waste produced and future availability.
The constraints on our resources will shape our future.
Carrara marble quarries are not infinite, drastic are the changes within the natural landscape. Still the architectural industry discard all those slates that present imperfections and unexpected inclusions.
On the other hand, the world’s hunger for metal is ever increasing.
Huge amounts of ore have to be taken from the earth’s crust to supply our industries with enough metal.
The metals get extracted and purified from any mineral inclusions and oxidations.

Our generation has a duty, to design better

Designed by Ariel Zuckerman and Manufactured by Matter of Stuff, the collaborative installation at the Venice Biennale is an occasion to create objects that make us reflect on the use of this precious natural resources.

How can a man made objects look like natural precious fragments that can be found on a beach or inside a rock?
The two set of lights and the marble candle holders produced by Matter of Stuff explore rare marble stones and a mix of metal and acids with precious stone look. Metal and marble are similar in that they come out of the ground as rocks. We want to reconnect people to where this materials came from, explain how every colour and veins is the result of natural processes and chemical interactions, unveil how tradition and technology can enhance and express natural beauty.

How can a man-made object look like natural precious fragments that can be found on a beach or inside a rock?

The two set of lights and the marble candle holders produced by Matter of Stuff explore rare marble stones and a mix of metal and acids with precious stone look.
Metal and marble are similar in that they come out of the ground as blocks.
We want to reconnect people to where this materials came from, explain how every colour and veins is the result of natural processes and chemical interactions, unveil how tradition and technology can enhance and express natural beauty.