-ISH is a collection of pieces emphasising the illusion and beauty of stone-like materials entirely made from recycled and reclaimed post-industrial waste, a material produced by Iris Industries. Shown at Herrick Gallery, the exhibition showcased the result of the new collaboration of the two designers expressing the common interest in sustainable sources and new aesthetics on design and exploring the perception of materials and their properties.
-ISH collection wins 'Best Denim' as part of Wallpaper* magazine's annual awards that reveal "the design world’s highest honours to the truly deserving".
"'Best Denim'. From worn-out jeans to cool new furniture.
Denim is proving a surprising ally in the push towards sustainability, with fashion and furniture projects cleverly devising new and environmentally friendly ways of dealing with the material. London-based design pair Matteo Fogale and Laetitia de Allegri launched -Ish, a collection made of Denimite, a marble-like material created from post-industrial denim scrap; another version of the material, called Marblus, is made from scraps of cotton taken from discarded sheets and clothing. Lightweight, mouldable and extremely resistant, they give a new face to recycled materials".
Matteo Fogale, born in Montevideo (Uruguay) moved to Italy in 2001 where he studied Industrial Design. After working on several projects, from high-end furniture design, industrial product design and bespoke commissions pieces with acclaimed design studios across Europe he established brose~fogale a London-based design studio in collaboration with Joscha Brose. They work 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 Industrial/ Product Design BA at ECAL in 2004 and moved to London where she's been working with key London-based designers on projects from industrial products and furniture design to interiors 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.