2011 – ongoing
The two Italian designers Andrea Trimarchi and Simone Farresin work collaboratively under the title Formafantasma. Trimarchi and Farresin graduated from the Masters programme at the Design Academy Eindhoven in 2009 with a project that examined the history of Sicilian folk craft. Formafantasma’s work explores the significance of traditional/vernacular cultures by producing artefacts that are endued with cultural meanings.
‘Botanica’ explores the material possibilities of the pre-Bakelite period. This collection of objects reveals the unexpected technical potentials of natural polymers including: Rosin, Dammar, Copal (a sub-fossil state of amber), Natural Rubber, Shellac, and Bois Durci (a material composed of wood dust and animal blood). In an attempt to develop a new perspective on plasticity Formafantasma employ plastics as precious details. This material subversion generates a post-industrial aesthetic that reinterprets centuries of technology lost beneath the impeccable surface of mass-production.
A commission by Plart Foundation