-ISH: Matteo Fogale and Laetitia De Allegri

13 - 21 September 2014

Matteo Fogale and Laetitia De Allegri joined forces for the London Design Festival 2014 with  -ISH a show exploring the perception of materials and their properties. A collection of pieces emphasizing the illusion and beauty of stone-like materials whilst entirely made from recycled and reclaimed post-industrial waste. The exhibition showcased the result of this new collaboration expressing the common interest in sustainable sources and new aesthetics on design.

‘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 fiber material. Every piece is unique, this is 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/grey tone mixed with white, looking much like Carrara Marble. And the list continues, Iris Industries specializes in the development and commercialization of sustainable composites using renewable bio-based components blended with recycled and reclaimed materials.

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.