After graduating in 2009 from the Design Academy Eindhoven in the Netherlands, design duo Simon Farresin and Andrea Trimarchi set up their Amsterdam-based studio, Formafantasma and have become known for their deviation from the mainstream design world. Rooted in extensive research of local cultures and investigation into experimental materials, Formafantasma, which translates to “phantom shape” from Italian, produce work with critical approaches to sustainability. The studio has been exhibited at institutions such as the MOMA in New York, London’s Victoria and Albert Museum, and the Chicago Art Institute, amongst others.
For Italian ceramics company Bitossi, Formafantasma dove into the manufacturer’s archives and reworked historical pieces designed by the late Aldo Londi, (Bitossi’s creative director for over 50 years) into modern interpretations. The clay series showcases imperfections inherent to the pottery process by creating vases and bowls with edges torn off by hand before sintering, resulting in a unique finished product.