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Ovum – Curating the clash between order and disorder is the void

The warmth of the Rattan, the physical challenge of the craftsman working it, the concentration, the thought of the designer shaped by expert hands – a conjuration by Elia Bonacina

As heir to the Bonacina family business, Elia Bonacina weaves a concept that takes shelter in the warmth of rattan and rattan core. A nest holds the porcelain egg provided by Ginori1735. The artistic form of creation used to conjure this shell made from cane is one that runs through his veins as the fourth generation of the Bonacina family. His vision for the ‘Ovum’ (egg) series lies in a rendition of his family business that speaks to his very core. With craftsmanship at the base of his values and foundation, the series takes a turn towards history with century’s old handicraft techniques that have been passed on from generation to generation. A legacy for the ages is that which continues to live on through the transfer of knowledge, from one to another. Using natural materials to convey his message, the support of natural talent brings life to the egg that is sheltered from its fragility.

ELIA BONACINA OVUM. PH. FILIPPO FERRARESE
ELIA BONACINA OVUM. PH. FILIPPO FERRARESE

In the human dimension of the company, shared artistic vision and individual talent form a creative community. Lorenzo – Rattan and wood sculptor; Khalid – the violinist; Rosa – the weaving master. The concept of the nest is rediscovered by Elia Bonacina belonging to the fourth generation of the family, who entrusts the creation of the work to Lorenzo. The egg is protected by a Rattan core armor. The creation of the void, based on Khalid’s idea, is carried out with a work of subtraction. The clash between order and disorder is tamed in weft and warp by the hands of Rosa. In the base supporting the nest lies is a representation of the number 3, which allows the resolution of the dualistic conflict according to the principles of numerology.

Designing the Eris lamp in 2012, Elia Bonacina takes an active part in the family business. Maintaining the stance for longevity towards the outcome of his work, Bonacina continues to work with Non-profit Organization Management company FederlegnoArredo, which is the heart of the Italian wood and furniture chains since 1945, defending their know-how and sustaining the development of their companies. CEO of Bonacina 1889, believes there is no future without roots.

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