Andrea Trimarchi (1983) and Simone Farresin (1980) are Studio Formafantasma, an Italian designers duo based in Amsterdam,The Netherlands. Their interest in product design developed on the IM master course at Design Academy Eindhoven, where they graduated in July 2009. Since then, Formafantasma has developed a coherent body of work characterised by experimental material investigations and explored issues such as the relationship between tradition and local culture, critical approaches to sustainability and the significance of objects as cultural conduits.
The added nuance for the duo is that they do so with an eye to the historical, political and social forces that have shaped their environments. Their work has been presented and published internationally and institutions such as New York's MoMA, London's Victoria & Albert Museum, New York's Metropolitan, the Chicago Art Institute, the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, MUDAC Lausanne, the Mint Museum of Craft and Design in North Carolina and the MAK Museum in Vienna have all acquired Formafantasma's designs for their permanent collections.
In March 2011 Paola Antonelli of the Museum of Modern Art in New York and esteemed design critic Alice Rawsthorn listed their studio amongst a handful of practices that would shape the future of design. Andrea and Simone are lecturing and heading workshops in various Universities and Institutions.
The identity of Bitossi Ceramiche starts from the beginning of 1900’s and develops upon a productive ceramic tradition that existed in Montelupo Fiorentino starting from 1500.
The activity of the Bitossi family started in 1921 for the will of Guido Bitossi with the establishment of "Manifattura Ceramica Cav. Guido Bitossi & Figli" that combined typical local craft works into a structured productive organisation. The production continues also with the collaboration of leading figures who were able to introduce an innovative cultural artistic sensibility. This attitude in connection with the entrepreneurial skills developed throughout the years with a constant research for the quality of finished products, contributed to create an identity for Bitossi Ceramiche as an example of Italian excellence.
More than 7000 original pieces starting from the 50’s, were collected and filed in the "Bitossi Industrial Archive"; 200 selected pieces among those can be seen at MAIB - Artistic Industrial Bitossi Museum, which was built by the company to showcase its historical path.
Bitossi Ceramiche is still run by the same family and thanks to the historical and cultural heritage that was recovered in these last years, it keeps alive its original craft roots, combined with a constant innovation. A never ending formal research and the skilled hands of ceramicist masters led to the development of the creations of Aldo Londi who was Art Director at Bitossi Ceramiche for more than 40 years, followed by several influential designers, always focusing on style evolution. Bitossi Ceramiche: great artistic ceramic tradition and contemporary design.