Marco Campardo with SEEDS Gallery ELLE STOOL, 2020
Brass stool painted with chameleon colour
CHARITY AUCTION FOR LUIGI SACCO HOSPITAL IN MILAN, LOTS WITH NO BUYER'S PREMIUM
Lot offered by SEEDS with a 50% donation, subject to VAT, shipped from London, Great Britain
Elle is a idiosyncratic furniture collection developed as a result of extensive research on the use of metal L-profiles. The starting point of the research was the willingness to use a common, everyday material to question the meaning of “experimentation” that is often emphasised in today’s design practice. Through different combinations, this standardised extrusion is turned into a structural element, forming “invisible”, yet aesthetically revealing, joints. Rather than being made of aluminium, however, the furniture is made of brass — transforming an ordinary, mass-produced element into a sophisticated, bespoke item. The furniture was coated in holographic paint to further emphasise the interplay between standardised production and craftsmanship — where the objects themselves shift between concrete presence and immateriality.
Marco Campardo is a designer focusing on design and research and across different platforms, materials and disciplines. He has a particular interest in making as a form of critical practice, where objects are understood as tools to explore wider narratives about culture, materiality, identity or authenticity.
His projects question the nature of contemporary models of production and consumption through aesthetically challenging and conceptually refined objects. Marco’s approach to design
was developed through his work with M-L-XL, a studio he co-founded. Marco exhibited work at the London Design Festival, Milan Design Week, Tate Modern, London Design Biennale, Venice
Art and Architecture Biennale, and Milan Triennial. Speculating about the nature of contemporary design practice, Marco’s projects have been documented across different design publications from Wallpaper and AD to New York Times and Financial Times.
SEEDS: when I received the email by my dear friend Annalisa Rosso I decided to participate in the auction as it is a cause they touches us all and anything we can do to help is valuable.