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maggio 10, 2016 - Officine Saffi


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Officine Saffi participates in the second edition of the #london Craft Week, the prestigious annual #event dedicated to excellence in artistic craftsmanship, presenting a selection of works by 4 international artists, three of which, Kati Tuominen-Niittylä, Zsolt József Simon and Luca Tripaldi use ceramics as their preferred medium of expression, and Sergio Sangalli, an Italian wood craftsman who creates functional objects with a unique #design reassembling recycled materials including wood, to give them a new lease of life and utility.
The exhibition, which will be organised from 3rd to 7th May in the Belgravia Gallery temporary space at no. 23 Maddox Street, aims to provide an indication of trends in #contemporaryart and artistic crafts, anticipating future developments.

Contemporary International Ceramics and #design will be presented by #officinesaffi during the #london Craft Week from 3rd to 7th May in the Belgravia Gallery temporary space, at no. 23 Maddox Street, in the exclusive Mayfair district of #london. Works by: Kati Tuominen-Niittyylä (Helsinki, Finland, 1947), Zsolt Simon (Celdomolk, Hungary, 1973), Luca Tripaldi (Turin, Italy, 1969) and Sergio Sangalli (Monza, Italy, 1967), will be exhibited, all representing a profound technical research, resulting in very diverse works combining technical experimentation and creativity. Works that straddle art and #design, which are both disparate yet complementary, and which provide a fascinating perspective on the wider contemporary scene in ceramics and #design.

The minimalistic but profound ceramic works of the Finn Kati Tuominen-Niittylä accompany the non-finite forms of Zsolt Simon, unique examples which analyse spatial energy with their biomorphic references. Luca Tripaldi, an artist from Turin who mainly experiments in creating contemporary jewellery, presents his new collection of porcelain and resin, based on a personal and contemporary process of Kintsugi in which the artist breaks the original porcelain jewel to reassemble it with resin. In this continual practice of creating, breaking and then recreating, Tripaldi produces unique jewellery, a result of the random breaking process.

The works on display will be accompanied by a selection of works by artists from the #officinesaffi gallery, presented exclusively for the #london Craft Week.

3-7 MAY 2016

Contemporary International Ceramics and Design

Belgravia Gallery, 23 Maddox Street, Mayfair, #london W1S 2QN
Opening: Tuesday, 3rd May 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Exhibition: Tuesday 3rd May - Saturday 7th May,
10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Practical information
London Craft Week (www.londoncraftweek.com) is a beyond luxury showcase, a journey-of-discovery programme of over 120 events across the city, featuring hidden workshops and unknown makers alongside celebrated masters, famous studios, galleries, shops and luxury brands.
Officiate Saffi Collectors are offered an exclusive opportunity to join the #london Craft Week Collectors' Programme which includes a small number of one-off and intimate experiences, with handling objects from museum collections, special access to private residences and exclusive dinners.
email VIP@londoncraftweek.com quoting ’Officine' for more details. 

Officine Saffi is a cultural organization based in Milan, an experimental hub dedicated to contemporary ceramics. Its audience comprises artists, designers, architects, ceramists and everyone interested in ceramics and art. 
The project consists of the Art gallery, for exhibitions with works by international artists, the Workshop for courses, also used for for artists’ residencies and production by artists and designers, and the Publishing Company that produces art catalogues and the quarterly magazine La Ceramica in Italia e nel mondo (www.laceramicainitalia.com). Part of Officine Saffi’s mission is the Open to Art International Competition, dedicated to Art Ceramics and #design Ceramics. Through its operations, #officinesaffi represents a point of reference for international ceramics, with a mission to enhancing the significance of ceramics in the areas of art, #design and architecture.

Kati Tuominen-Niittylä was born in Helsinki in 1947. She attained a diploma in ceramics at the University of Art and #design Helsinki in 1976. From 1980 on she has been working with the prestigious Arabia factory as artist and designer.
Her works have been included in many solo and group shows, in Europe, the United States, Japan and Korea. Her pieces are included in important museums and in many private collections.
She has received many awards for her work, such as the Kaj Franck Scholarship in Finland, #design Plus in Germany, and the Grand Prix and an honorary mention at the Mino competition in Japan.

Was born in Hungary in 1973. After training as a ceramist, in Budapest he studied painting, theatre and music. He graduated at the Moholy-Nagy University of Art and #design in Budapest, and then won a one-year scholarship in Indonesia where he developed new techniques and found an important source of inspiration. His works were exhibited at the 4th and 5th International Ceramics Biennial Exhibitions in Korea (2007, 2009) and at the Spanish International Biennial exhibition in Manises (2009), where he received significant accolades. His sculptures have been exhibited in Europe and Indonesia.

Sanga (Sergio Sangalli) born in Monza in 1967. He graduated the Statal Institute of Fine Arts of Monza and in 1990 he moved to Milan where he attended the workshop of A.G. Fronzoni, and simoulltaneously working as a freelance in numerous studies of graphic and interior #design in Milan and New York. In 2000 he opened his own studio in Milan and since 2007 focuses on Rehab project, work between art, craft and #design where he began a production of objects created by the recovery of various materials, privileging woods and irons consumed by time.

Was born in Turin. After his schooling, he took a diploma in Graphic #design, and for a number of years worked on advertising as a graphic designer in several agencies. At the same time, he became interested in sculpture, an area that he studied independently. At the age of 23, he abandoned the world of advertising agencies, and became a sculptor in an important Italian theatre workshop, making masks, body parts, monsters and other materials for special effects, modelled in clay and then made in latex.
During this period, which lasted a decade, his interested in clay as a material grew, and he experimented with various types of clay and firing techniques, eventually deciding to work exclusively with ceramics, abandoning sculpture altogether. In 1998 he opened his ceramics studio in Turin, alternating his work as a ceramist with teaching ceramics techniques.
Since 2010, he has dedicated particular attention to jewellery #design, applying his knowledge of ceramics to the creation of porcelain jewellery pieces.
His rings have been selected by David Mc Fadden curator of MAD New York at SOFA Chicago 2013.

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