Designer Feature: ANTONIO ARICÒ, Milan

For Antonio Aricò design encompasses many different values including objects rationality and people emotions. Between Milan, where he opened a studio/showroom in 2011, and Reggio, where he was born and raised, Antonio Aricò works on personal limited collections and collaborations with big Italians brands such as Barilla Group, Seletti, Alessi, and Bialetti.
Since his first limited edition collection, “Back Home” in 2012, Antonio’s work has paid special attention to the relations between art, craft, and design, with a particular interest in Italian artisanal and artistic identities. Aricò has presented his work around the world, at venues that range from the Salone del Mobile in Milan, Maison & Objets in Paris, Wabi Sabi in Turin, and the Design Museum Holon in Tel Aviv.
He remains very close to his family, roots, and culture, working hand in hand with his grandfather Saverio. Simple and rigorous in his design approach, spontaneous and enthusiastic in his work relations, he proposes instinctive solutions in creating everyday objects with a special attention to details and the quality of the materials.
From the curators, Domitilla Dardi & Angela Rui:

“Antonio Aricò is unique in his capability to interpret the italian artisanal tradition and to work on materials and shapes using a contemporary language.”


Photo credits: F. Zaminga, Antonio Aricò

grandfather s.zaminga on the swing chair - photo f.zaminga
Grandfather S.Zaminga on the Swing Chair

The Swing Chair comes from Antonio Aricò’s research on characters and personalities that are generally hidden in products.

First sketch for Tasty Chair by Antonio Aricò

Tasty 2
Tasty Chair by Antonio Aricò, plays with the iconic ideas or archetypes of kitchen furniture. It represents a traditional kitchen stool with a detachable back that can be used as a chopping board. The little accent on the side can be used to take off the back or to hang your bag or your clothes on.

Playing on the idea and shape of purity and simplicity. Like a giant ice cube, the body of the carafe is iconic and straightforward.


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