Matteo Fogale and Laetitia De Allegri are joining forces for this year’s London Design Festival with ‘-ISH’ a show exploring the perception of materials and their properties. A collection of pieces emphasising the illusion and beauty of stone-like materials entirely made from recycled and reclaimed post-industrial waste. Taking place at the Herrick Gallery, the exhibition will showcase the common interest of the designers in sustainable sources and new aesthetics. In partnership with Slate-ish, material made in the US from recycled paper-laminate and Iris Industries, specialising in sustainable composites using bio-based components blended with materials like denim and cotton waste. ! !
‘We are interested to work with materials that help preserve our environment with elegance and cleverness. Our challenge will be to design furniture and accessories around those materials trying to push the boundaries of each of them. We also love the poetic aspect that is behind this materials and their traditional source of inspiration’.
‘Slate-ish’ is a material that resembles stone, but is made in the US from recycled and reclaimed sources of paper-laminate. Not only is it lightweight, it is also strong, durable, and easy to install. ‘Denimite’ is made from post-consumer and post-industrial denim scrap, recycled denim fibre material. Every piece is unique, this a cotton fibre biocomposite that is highly moldable, lightweight and tough, with no offgassing of toxic chemicals. ‘Marblus’ is made from white cotton/polyester post-industrial scrap. This scrap material is plentiful, and gives a great source for a white-based composite. This fabric is used for sheets, clothing, and various other fabric products. The trimmings are shredded and the combination of fabrics give a wonderful blue/gray tone mixed with white, looking much like Carrara Marble. And the list continues, Iris Industries specialises in the development and commercialisation of sustainable composites using bio-based components blended with recycled and reclaimed materials.
The show will take place at the Herrick Gallery in Shoreditch, launched in June 2012 to exhibit and promote art in all media and play host to a series of delightful and provocative events. Drawing inspiration from the part domestic, part public gallery environments this artist-run gallery seeks to provide a friendly space in which to contemplate exquisitely presented artworks. The building in French Place is one of the few remaining old warehouses in the area and retains much of its original character. It is a haven from the increasingly boisterous Shoreditch street life and has been a social hub for artists and friends for many years - a place to gather to eat, drink, discuss, make art, love or dance the night away. Alice Herrick is a practicing artist and has curated numerous successful group exhibitions for Red Gallery, Viktor Wynd Fine Art and for The House of Fairy Tales at New Art Gallery Walsall, Millennium St Ives, Newlyn Art Gallery and Saatchi Gallery.
Matteo Fogale, born in Montevideo (Uruguay) moved to Italy in 2001 where he studied Industrial Design at IUAV University of Venice. After working on a variety of projects, from high-end furniture design, industrial product design and bespoke commissions pieces with design studios like Patricia Urquiola, Nichetto and Partners, BarberOsgerby and MAP he established brose~fogale a London-based design studio in collaboration with Joscha Brose. Working in the fields of interior and product design, bespoke furniture and installations led by a design approach that considers honest and premium materials, functionality and longevity of the product. The result is a combination of everyday objects reinterpreted with a strong iconic character.
Swiss-born Laetitia de Allegri graduated from ECAL in 2004 (Industrial/ Product Design BA) and joined Barber Osgerby where she worked for six years. Since 2010 she has been freelancing with Barber Osgerby, Marc Newson, Tom Dixon and Alexander Taylor working from industrial products and furniture design to interior projects both in private and public commissions. With a strong focus on graphics, particularly within the field of textiles and rugs, specializing in pattern, colour and texture. In 2013 she also started a new collaboration with Eva Feldkamp under the name of de Allegri/Feldkamp. Their projects align feminine sensibility with technical knowledge across the disciplines of graphics, textiles, product design and interior.