London-based gallery Matter of Stuff presents Transforming Matters, a curated
exhibition of new furniture, lighting and accessories at Miart in Milan this April.
Gallery founders, Simona Auteri and Sofia Steffenoni, have brought together works
by nine international designers for the contemporary art and collectible design fair.
Transforming Matters is a reflection on the transformation of materials through the
skilful hands of an artisan as well as through the passing of time.
The pieces on exhibit are united by the way in which they explore new materiality,
from Moreno Ratti’s new series of sculptural vases in recycled marble, produced in
collaboration with Stonethica, to the beautiful merging of aluminium and wood in
the Echo table by Uufie.
Normally utilitarian, metal transcends into something ethereal in Sabina Belfiore
Lucovich’s striking large-scale architecture lighting mobile Luminarie; and the
experienced hands of plummassier Maxime Leroy transform collected bird feathers
into the Club Chair designed by Glen Baghurst.
In Umut Yamac’s Clean Sweep, a sculptural kinetic wall clock that sweeps time
away, time permeates the design with poetry and elevates the piece into
something more beautiful.
A new collection of chairs by Lara Bohinc, inspired by planetary and lunar orbits,
and a lighting range by glass blowing specialist Simone Crestani will also be
unveiled. Updated editions of Matter of Stuff’s commissioned collection including the
Veiled table by Olga Bielawska as a low coffee table and the Remetaled series by
Tim Vanlier as a wall lighting piece will complete the exhibit.
Simona Auteri, co-founder of Matter of Stuff comment: “The new pieces comes
together as a cohesive body of work through the memories and images they evoke.
The materiality of each design allows for the object’s own presence to fade and for
it allude to another time, which I find poetic and fascinating”.
Sofia Steffenoni, co-founder of Matter of Stuff comment: “This is the second year that
we are presenting at Miart. As a gallery and a network of fabricators, we work very
closely with interior designers and architects, however Miart is an important
opportunity for us to meet with international collectors of collectible design”.
Hugo Macdonald, curator of Object at Miart comments: “We are so happy to have
Matter of Stuff at Object again. Each piece that Simona and Sofia present is a
fascinating story, not just of materials, but of human ingenuity, traditional craft skills
and contemporary fabrication combined. Their research-based approach to
materials and process is so relevant today. The results are always compelling”.
Press view: Thursday 12 April 2018, 11am
Public opening: Friday 13 – Sunday 15 April 2018
Address: Booth O09, Pavillion 3, Fiera Milano
Strada Statale del Sempione 28, 20017 Rho