Two words that define your designs?
Essential and poetic
Why did you decide to become a designer?
Because it has always been, continues to be, and will be a passion of mine.
From Florence to New York; From New York to Milan. How has each city contributed in the development and evolution of your design language?
As a designer, I am used to look at reality through different eyes; in a more accurate, detailed and profound way I would say. Designers are like researchers with a microscope. In the real world I try to catch details that are usually hidden but nonetheless can be an important input for a given project.
Therefore, living in these three different cities and experiencing different living environments infused by different cultures and habits, has enhanced this capability, and has influenced my way of interpreting and designing products.
It’s like passing from a black and white view to a colored one.
In 2015 you launched your newly created material Marwoolus, diving into the identity of your hometown and integrating two predominant materials sourced from its Mediterranean landscape: marble and wool. Could you tell us a bit more about your endearing Marwoolus “adventure”?
Marwoolus is a composite material made by the combination of marble powder wool fibers and a special resin.
Marwoolus is an “outgrowth” of my identity, in terms of the places where I was born and grew up; it reveals and reflects my roots.
Prato a textile industry town and Pietrasanta the town of marble. Marwoolus brings together the characteristics of these two places integrating them in a single marble and wool material. “Remnants from the manufacture of colored wool are recycled, imprinted deep into white marble, leaving a symbolic and real pattern, desired by Guazzini. The material and the ensuing work also speak for values of economical and ecological sustainability.” (http://www.milanodesignfilmfestival.com/marwoolus/
Which are the plus and which are the minus in being an Italian designer in today’s Italian territory?
Nowadays it’s more of a state of mind to think of design in the context of a given country. The entire world is connected and it is something new in the human history, but despite this, we tend to put limits to our possibilities, just like we put limits as far as a certain territory. The designers community is an international community that could easily interact with no limitations whatsoever. Work local think global, is already happening. The only difference is that in Italy we still have very skilled artisans that are able to realize any kind of project, an enormous “asset” for someone who wants to bring an idea to life.
Form, color, proportion, functionality, material, and aesthetic: What role do they play in your creative process?
Functionality is the solution to a problem, form is the consequence to functionality; I choose the material(s) to better express the functionality both in a physical and tactile way.
The color becomes a symbol of the message that a given product intends to communicate; the proportions are related to the interaction with the human body; the
aesthetic is the balance of all these elements.
How would you describe your relationship with fashion?
I like the experimentation element in fashion, the use of materials and colors, as well as discovering new ways of wearing something and defining one’s individuality.
What’s up next for Marco Guazzini?
I am presently working at my new studio in Milan, Navigli; i will continue with the production of objects and furniture as there are various commissioned projects in the pipeline, as well as collaborations with Design Galleries.
My plan is to evolve the Marwoolus production, taking it on an industrial scale, specifically for interior projects.
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01 ©MarcoGuazzini, TAVOLO, CENTROTAVOLA E VASO in Marwoolus material, 2015, Photo by Beppe Brancato
02 ©MarcoGuazzini, TAVOLO, CENTROTAVOLA E VASO in Marwoolus material, 2015, Photo by Beppe Brancato
03 ©MarcoGuazzini, TAVOLO, CENTROTAVOLA E VASO in Marwoolus material, 2015, Photo by Beppe Brancato
04 ©MarcoGuazzini, TAVOLO, CENTROTAVOLA E VASO in Marwoolus material, 2015, Photo by Beppe Brancato
05 ©MarcoGuazzini, A Marwoolus Journey, 2015, Photo by Emaniele Marzi
06 ©MarcoGuazzini, A Marwoolus Journey, 2015, Photo by Emaniele Marzi
07 ©MarcoGuazzini, QUINTA vase in Marwoolus material, exclusive product for Galleria Luisa delle Piane, 2015, Photo by Beppe Brancato
08 ©MarcoGuazzini, TEMPIO DEL SOLE and TEMPIO DELLA LUNA centerpiece in Marwoolus material, exclusive product for Gallery S. Bensimon, 2016, Photo by Beppe Brancato
09 ©MarcoGuazzini, TEMPIO DEL SOLE, Centerpiece in Marwoolus material, exclusive product for Gallery S 1. Bensimon, 2016, Photo by Beppe Brancato
10 ©MarcoGuazzini, TEMPIO DELLA LUNA centerpiece in Marwoolus material, exclusive product for Gallery S. Bensimon, 2016, Photo by Beppe Brancato
11 ©MarcoGuazzini, CUT marble vase, 2013, Photo by Beppe Brancato
12 ©MarcoGuazzini, CUT marble vase, 2013, Photo by Beppe Brancato
13 ©MarcoGuazzini, FACADE concrete vase, 2014, Photo by Beppe Brancato
14 ©MarcoGuazzini, FLAMINGO console, 2014, Photo by Beppe Brancato
15 ©MarcoGuazzini, STIVA table, 2012, Photo by Beppe Brancato
16 ©MarcoGuazzini, STIVA table, 2012, Photo by Beppe Brancato