Flatwig Studio is a Milan-based design studio. Set up in London by Erica Agogliati (1989) and Francesca Avian (1989) in 2016, the studio takes a multi-pronged approach to design, specialising in interiors, furnishings and accessories, along with graphic art and creative direction. Looking to the past, studying the customs, habits and rituals of places, shapes the attitude of the Flatwig Studio as it develops projects that nevertheless embrace a contemporary ethic, look and processes.
“I don’t think there and be one single, catch-all definition of design. You need to find the meaning of design for yourself, nobody can escape who they are,” says Italian designer Sara Ricciardi (1989). She makes products for agencies, one-off pieces for galleries, interior designs, immersive installations, performances and projects with a social background. All her work stems from the need to tell a story: the form follows the message. In her studio in South Milan, the designer likes to immerse herself in a chaotic environment, packed with materials, sensory stimuli, personal memories and bizarre objects. Working from her various inspirations, she loves acting instinctively and experimenting with new forms and compositions to come up with unique objects and environments.
Giulia Soldati, an Italian designer born in 1990 and based in Amsterdam, uses design as a tool for research around the act of eating. Her work is inspired by a range of culinary traditions, with particular focus on the cultural and social connotations of food, utensils and behaviours around the table. For Soldati, food means sharing, experimenting and a connection with the earth in particular. Meals are motives for interface, conversation and comparison between different cultures.
Tellurico is the name of the studio helmed by Francesco Pace (1985), distinguished by a multidisciplinary approach specialising in the design of objects, spaces and installations. The context that has spawned a particular project is always a determining factor for Tellurico. The studio’s work weaves together historic, geological and social factors, as well as those unique, simple elements that define everyday life. Although currently based in Eindhoven, the studio declaims its founder’s Campanian origins: the name Tellurico is in fact a homage to Vesuvius and to its activity.
Tipstudio is a creative Florence-based duo, made up of Imma Matera (1990), designer, and Tommaso Lucarini (1995), maker. Imma and Tommaso love “designing stories, places and craft and design things.” Their work sets up a unique dialogue between art, design and craftsmanship, with huge care taken over practical processes and every tiny detail. Tipstudio projects are bound up with the roots of particular areas, channelling a personal and poetic vision. The designers believe in the narrative and emotive power of objects.