From the reflection on the function of the two disciplines to the search for a link, a common ground for action, the relationship between art and design animates an always open debate. Defining what is art and what is design is complex. Starting with Bruno Munari who, over fifty years ago, gave his vision in one of the emblematic texts on the subject: Artist and Designer. The artist creates a unique object that has value as such, while the designer creates a serialised, industrial object, devoid of intrinsic value as it is produced in multiple copies. This is the basic thesis of the booklet first published by the publisher Laterza in Bari in 1971.
With Dialoganti, a new collection designed by Gumdesign and AL Studio, antoniolupi has tried to go beyond the dichotomy. Mirroring geometries and backlit surfaces, shapes and reflections in movement: the mirror goes beyond its primary function (as an object aimed at a purpose and serial), becoming an abstract painting, a work of art, a minimal object that transcends the urgency for which it was conceived and created. Born from the desire to recover the shapes and decorations of mirrors from the Tuscan brand's historical archive, the collection reinterprets that initial cue through art.
Essentiality of forms
The project is inspired by the work of Kazimir Malevič (1878-1935), a Russian artist and founder of the Suprematist movement that sought the absolute "supremacy" of pure sensibility in the figurative arts, excluding the world of objectivity, an element of distraction for the artist who risks losing his way and losing sight of the true purpose of art. As in one of his paintings, in the Dialoganti mirrors everything is brought back to the essentiality of pure forms, to the composition of elementary geometries: circles, arcs, rectangles and triangles elementary geometric figures, autonomous with respect to any sensory experience.
Surfaces in transformation
The Dialoganti mirrors are composed of the integration of two geometries. Two figures, one inside the other, dialoguing to define formal and dimensional balances. Geometries with a mirrored surface are inscribed in squares or rectangles, with a very thin frame. The remaining surface is sandblasted and backlit, highlighting the central portion of the mirror. The geometry of the reflective surface dialogues with its luminous alter ego, creating suggestive optical effects. The result is a virtual depth that changes the perception of the surface.
Thanks to the many geometric combinations, the Dialoganti mirrors can be made in an infinite number of solutions. The clean and rigorous design allows the mirrors to be used in every room of the house, confirming the transversal character of the antoniolupi collections, from the bathroom to the living, dining and bedroom areas. To design interiors under the banner of a unique and refined total look.