Meeting of the Design Minds at Ceramica Magnifica!

By alexandra

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Tuesday night we headed over to 7 West 34th street to see the Ceramica Magnifica! exhibit, showcasing 49 highly unique ceramic pieces that pay homage to Este, Italy- a town renowned for its ceramics since ancient times.  We sipped on delicious prosecco as we perused ceramic works by the likes of Krizia, Adam Tihany, Ottavio Missoni, Giuliana de Camerino, Alessandro Mendini, Matteo Thun, David Palterer, Alison Sky, and Michele DeLucchi (to name a few).  The pieces ranged from the clever and playful to the inventive and ethereal.

The highlight of the night was a lively panel discussion entitled “The Intersection of Art, Design and Craft: Rethinking Tradition.”  The participants included acclaimed multi-media artist and designer, Federica Marangoni; Italian graphic artist & designer Massimo Vignelli; former muse to Andy Warhol and student of Salvador Dali, Ultra Violet and celebrated architect and professor James Wines.  The discussion was moderated by Judith S. Schwartz Ph.D., critic, author and NYU professor.

The engaging dialogue ranged from speaking about ceramics in the Biblical sense- Ultra Violet noted that clay is a recurring element in the scriptures, to how it plays a part in the composition of everything from tennis rackets, to knives, to fire engines- even artificial hips!   

The panelists also spoke about art and design in a broader sense.  Federica Marangoni explored the idea of artistic vision and felt that most artists today lack a unique aesthetic.  Vivacious personality Massimo Vignelli shook things up with his comments about how the economic meltdown marked an end of an era and an end to original artistic thought, as art has become more about money making than art for art’s sake.  James Wines explained how he believes ceramics are all about life, and as an architect he heralds ceramic material as a great sustainable resource.  To that end the moderator added that adobe clay is extremely long lasting and requires little energy to make (it is not fired in a kiln).  All in all, it was a highly informative and interesting meeting of the design minds.

The exhibit will be open to the public March 28 & 29 (during the Architectural Digest Home Design Show).  We highly recommend it !          

 

 

  "Ceramic remains" by Ignazio Moncada

"Ceramic remains" by Ignazio Moncada

 

 

"Piatti dal Bestiaro" by Krizia

"Piatti dal Bestiaro" by Krizia

 

 

"Vaso e Coppa" by Ettore Mocchetti

"Vaso e Coppa" by Ettore Mocchetti

 

"Vasi a Sfere" by Alessandro Mendini

"Vasi a Sfere" by Alessandro Mendini

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