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In fact Caturegli Formica’s attitude towards the world is one driven not by the intention to turn it into an orderly set of things, but by the recognition of disorder in all its heterogeneity, by the search for a siliceous structure in the pulverization of reality. It is an approach that is sustained by what is lightest and what pushes the gaze beyond, towards what can be revealed only by an indirect view, as if the image had been caught in a mirror or trapped under the lens of a microscope that allows us to look at microbiological reality. The practice of the two architects is one that, above all, implies acquisition of the viewpoint of chaos, of the confused mass..
They are simple signs, the ones that Caturegli Formica produces, images minimal even in their size, indications that, from moment to moment, lend substance to the atmospheric quality of a disembodied material. They are delicate and minute embroideries, whose subjects allude to sighs, to beams of light and optical images, to scents of seawater and rainwater, to tufa and sunshine, to the black light of darkness as well as to the livid one of winter. And, above all, to immaterial impulses, impalpable entities. Figural images of esoteric lightness that impress themselves on the memory more for their suggestion than for their content, which is yet to come..
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Trained in the cultural climate of Radical Architecture in Florence, Beppe Caturegli (1957) and Giovannella Formica (1957-2019) moved to Milan in 1982 to work with Ettore Sottsass, the Memphis group and Terrazzo magazine. In 1987 they opened their studio. The passion for traveling led them to develop an anthropological approach to design culture using the dichotomy of mixed systems: industrial/crafts, global/local, mass-produced/one-off across a very heterogeneous work ranging from bio-architecture to unique rugs. One aspect of their research, honoured with international prizes and publications, is the structural use of colour and light in architecture. Their works have been exhibited in galleries such as Memphis, Design Gallery, Nilufar Gallery, Assab One ... and in museums such as Deichtorhallen Hamburg, Centre Pompidou in Paris, Mino Ceramic Art Museum Japan, Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, Triennale di Milano...