Elements of Craft, an exhibition curated by Lina Kanafani focusing on the influence of craft in design.
Classic design pieces from the 70s & 80s set against selected works by over 30 established and emerging designers to create a visual harmony of contrasts.
alcarol The new Italian design duo Andrea Forti & Eleonora Dal Farra combine handed-down experience of raw materials processing with project research, giving rise to an increased emphasis on the building material of products.
alcarol focuses on the story and intrinsic features of the physical substance used.
All environmental traces on the materials are thoroughly studied to discover a specific Genius Loci.
In classical mythology, the Latin term Genius Loci refers to a protective spirit attached to a place, a guardian who watches over its part of the world and imbues it with a special character.
In a modern context, alcarol seek to identify the spirit and the essence of a place to obtain an unordinary understanding of the environment.
alcarol is located halfway between the lagoon city of Venice and the nearby Dolomite UNESCO World Heritage mountains.
The new pieces presented at the Mint Gallery aim to capture some unusual atmospheres of these unique places by freezing time at the end of the material’s life cycle, thereby giving it a new life.
To this end, alcarol employs experimental processes to preserve natural materials exactly as they appear in their original habitat.
The subsequent sectioning of the physical substances allows for an appreciation of their intimate and profound natures, introducing the idea of environmental cross-section.
The section planes – through touch, sight and olfaction of different materials – allow to transcend the ordinary perception of a place.