Matteo Giannerini was born in a small town in the Apennine between Bologna and Florence.
He studied Industrial Design at the faculty of Architecture in Florence. In 2005 he took part in an international cooperation program between Italy and Brazil, also promoted by Mackenzie University in Sao Paulo. During his stay in Brazil he contributed to the development of the ‘Design Possivel’ project, that operates in the peripheral areas of the country and aimed at creating a social structure based on circular economy, thanks to the design and production of everyday use objects and furnishing with the use of materials which derive from industrial waste. It is also involved in the creation and management of the design of toys and collection scale objects for Italian companies, experimenting in the application of polymers in the industrial production process.
Matteo works and lives in Milan, where he collaborates with several partners, both start ups and medium and large-sized companies engaged in the fields of food, home automation and IoT. The common background behind all his projects is the attention to local traditions by anthropological observation, and the careful choice of materials and types of process, linking his personal research to industrial design.
A consideration on the role of design in society as a democratic tool of union and open-mindedness. This project questions the eternal attraction of mankind for weapons and their forms. An attraction that may originate from man’s ancestral instinct towards evolution, already present among the first individuals who built objects for hunting and for their personal defense, turning them into real tools for the progress of the species.
Design is therefore seen as an alchemical transformation process that firstly frees the designer himself, and at the same time offers a solution beyond the familiar collective imaginary. The shape of these objects takes its inspiration from the mines used in modern naval wars, which were attached to the ground by means of chains and were kept floating, waiting for the next collision.
M.I.N.E. is a line of furnishing that redefines its use by reproducing definite shapes, inducing a reflection on one’s already absorbed culture. It therefore invites us to go beyond our knowledge and the impositions of society.
The items I propose are a reproduction of the tulip vase in two versions, and a series of hanging lamps aesthetically emotional, characterized by their handmade production that makes each piece of the collection unique.
The tulip vases and the lamps are in enamelled ceramics, whereas the supports are made of welded iron.