Extra-Ordinary Gallery is a study of ordinary things, interpreted by Fabrica. Designed by a team of multicultural designers, and entirely made in Italy, these objects are re-interpretations of daily rituals that are made special through attention to detail. Their formal simplicity, shapes and materials become a tribute to the beauty of basic and small pleasures in life. Common actions such as hanging a picture on a wall, a morning exercise or having drinks with friends are rendered a little bit more special than they already are; domestic, yet exquisite.
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Photo by SHEK PO KWAN / Fabrica
Styling by FEDERICO FLORIANI / Fabrica
The value of physical money is lost in the use of the credit card. The card holder re-expresses this symbolism – adorned in gold, as reference to the value of the most expensive metal. A little message written on the card holder wishes us to spend well for 2014. The holding of the card is a way of hiding what people possess, always recognized as a sign of human elegance.
A simple white sheet in A4 format, as the blank page which proceeds a new idea, a letter, or an hour spend doing. One corner of the clock is folded up to create a shadow and conceptually lift it, somewhat, from the wall where it will be placed. The speed and pace of time is complemented by the calm whiteness. Simple, anonymous and as common as time is for everybody.
An uncertain table piece that can be used as fruit bowl or a cake plate. It acknowledges a personal dilemma: to eat healthily or to indulge. Without being judgmental, it presents two alternative ways to enjoy food.
How to Use
1. Fruit bowl assembly – mount the ceramic piece (bowl side up) on the wooden stick with the wooden platform at the base. Insert the wooden peg in the hole to hang bananas, grapes etc.
2. Cake plate assembly – mount the ceramic piece (flat side up) on the wooden stick with the wooden platform at the base. Fix the extra wooden platform on top of the stick.
A metallic shelf that reminds us of long sunny days. Its shadow folds from the surface to the wall, holding it and creating an obvious trompe l’oeil. A simple surface as a display element for special objects, or your perfect set of favourite books, that punctuates the anonymity of a white wall.
A frame that draws a surface for everything and anything, perfect for an empty space that needs to be filled up. A simple drawing made of metal, which can hold notes or pictures with its small black magnets. From simple to complex artworks, a different composition appears every time you add a new memory to it.
A stain as an artistic symbol, that is absorbed by the cushion as a domestic canvas, which celebrates the painting process. Blot is a pair of true black and white cushions that artistically accentuate a sofa or a bed.
CATARINA CARREIRAS AND MARIANA FERNANDES
This collection of two sketchbooks, one notebook and a pencil was made so everyone has the possibility to explore an idea, make a drawing, write a letter, keep track of time or just idly doodle your days away. Based on a monochrome palette the collection highlights the dialogue between paper and thinking, suggested through black and white contrast.
The double ended notebook is one example of the novel and surprising details informed by the particularities of stationary and how we engage with them through our creative endeavors.
On the Rocks
A tribute to the traditional way of chilling drinks, using real stone. Unlike water, using chilled stones does not dilute your drink, leaving the contents more pure and unaffected. The geometric cuts of the pieces create the sense of a landscape in your glass, the surface of the stone brought out in finish by contact with liquid.
On the rocks can be put in a freezer and later used in place of ice cubes to chill alcoholic beverages without diluting.
Bu! is a metal wire wall organizer inspired by the decorative door railings of southern Italian heritage. You are welcomed by a friendly face hanging on your wall as an extra host in your home, that makes arriving home unique every day.
The forerunner of the dumbbell, found in ancient Greece, was used as a lifting weight made of stone. Heracles is reminiscent of this object which transcends functionality in favor of aesthetical symbolism. The piece becomes a narrative object used also as a paperweight on your desk, or for the genuine esthete as a luxury dumbbell.
A collection of hang little solifleur made of glass. They remind us of an animal, a vegetable, or a little doll depending on which one you choose. You can hang them on the wall and make an ordinary flower become particular.
High-wire is a series of hanging baskets that can be used in a multitude of ways, such as for fruit, plants or indoors as an interesting suspended storage solution. The shapes have been shifted from their historic recognized typology to offer a contemporary twist to this well-loved peculiar object.
A geometric wireframe sculpture, which functions as a flower vase, is balanced by a stone base and formed by an abstracted angled square. It makes a spatial ambiguity creating a floating “frame” which reveals and emphasizes the flower stem in order to show the beauty of an entire flower’s existence, not only its blossom.
Prêt à boire
A glass container is suspended in space. A metal wire structure frames the carafe becoming a support and also an unconventional handle. It can be used as a centerpiece to serve beverages, or as a vase that can be easily carried.
A rounded beauty mirror nested in a geometry of metal wire. The decorative structure becomes the container of the mirror, giving an architectural presence to a vanity piece.
Pinco Panco are a couple of paperweights, one made in stone and the other in marble. The heavy bases are contrasted by wooden handles with peculiar ways to be held. They are reminiscent of artisanal tools that are inherently intuitive through a refined sense that they should be hold.