After a very nice two weeks in the Tuscany region in Italy, I found it appropriate to start off with an Italian designer. For those of you who are visiting upcycleDZINE for some time he might be familiar. I’m talking about Marcantonio Raimondi Malerba who has been featured on this blog several times now. For me he’s one of the upcycle designers who surprise me every time. And best of all, he’s a designer who doesn’t forget to have and show fun in his design. Fun in design can be achieved by using a special material, shape or dimension. And let’s face it, if design has a fun factor it’s able to stand out from the rest. And like I’ve said many times before, one of the nice aspects of upcycle design is that fun factor. And looking at today’s post is a great example of that factor.
A pierced hovering side table
Marcantonio Raimondi Malerba is based in Cesena | Italy. In case you don’t know his work, please take a look at the VARIETY, Tavolo Libero or GRETA. The side table you see here is called ‘A Day at the River‘ and consists of a vintage side table pierced with found old branches. It looks like the table is pierced, but that’s an illusion. In reality you can still use the drawer, because the branches are attached to the top and the bottom of the table. I really like the way the table is lifted and is hovering above the floor. The branches just look like the ones I found at a small river in Tuscany and on the beach.
This design is another fantastic upcycle design piece from his collection. When I first saw his work at Salone Satellite during the Milan Design Week a few years ago, I was immediately fascinated. The way he sees/combines things and upcycles objects, is just stunning and creates a happy state of mind just watching it.
Photos © Marcantonio Raimondi Malerba
Marcantonio Raimondi Malerba was born in Italy. He attended the Art Institute and the Academy of Fine Arts. He loves thinking about his work as a direct continuation of what he used to do when he was a child. He played with everything he found and created what his mind imagined. He learned from Art how an idea could be elegant, that’s why he’s always looking for pure concepts and summary.
“I never give up irony, the irony is a serious matter. If a good idea is even fun, I cannot resist to realize it.”