For Design Miami/ Basel 2013, the exhibition divides the booth space into two rooms: one is dedicated to Lucia Massei, while the other includes a selection of the world’s most important jewelry designers.
The first room shows the project Absentia-Essentia - Massei’s latest pieces of jewelry realized and displayed in a cross-dialogue with admired Italian painter Pizzi Cannella.
The jewels of Massei, made with gold, shibuichi, silver, iron and pigments, are evocative forms: the suggested but unsaid, the energy retained, the empty space as a contrast, the intermission of silence between musical notes or words, the suspension.
Massei’s work aims to capture the “in-between,” attempting to catch what separates and links strength and fragility, transience and eternity, past and future. Her jewels capture the transition from raw matter to unique and essential forms. Perceiving a particularly affinity with her poetry, Massei will involve the celebrated artist Piero Pizzi Cannella to conceive a silk wall tissue made by Antico Setificio Fiorentino, an Italian factory specializing in silk production. In 1780 the Grand Duke Leopoldo of Lorraine donated several looms to the factory, enabling the decoration of the most beautiful and prestigious homes and museums throughout Europe.
The silk tissue is decorated with a chandelier, creating an evocative subject that is frequently present in Pizzi Cannella works. It becomes a total interior environment, conceived to lend the exhibition the proper “suspended” scenography.
The second room includes a selection of the most important international jewelry designers: Manfred Bischoff, Jamie Bennett, Peter Bauhuis, Rike Bartels, Helen Britton, Flora Vagi, Jacqueline Ryan, Daniela Boieri and Marzia Rossi.
Via della Spada 36/R, Palazzo Ricasoli, Piazza Goldoni 2
Florence Italy, 50123
Antonella Villanova (Director)
Tel: +39 3331863798