Secondome is a design platform that focuses on worldwide emerging designers and innovative projects. The gallery dedicates its installation space to the design works it hosts; each piece, as a collection or limitededition series, speaks louder than words in its whimsical nature of subject versus material.
Mostly handmade products, honoring the craft and practice of contemporary artisanship, reflect the traditional values of design whilst breaking the mold of lifeless objects d’art. Secondome Edizioni has also established itself as a brand by producing its own collection of design objects. Most of its objects are hand-crafted locally.
Cavallina Argento is a key component of Body Building by Milan-based Italian design duo Alberto Biagetti and Laura Baldassari. Curated by Maria Cristina Didero, the show explores the idea of the body, its potential and the discipline of perfection. It teases our perceptions and creates a short-circuit between aesthetics and function, challenging our expectations. The Body Building “antigym” consists of unique pieces made of precious materials and exquisite details, executed with the incomparable precision synonymous of the excellence of Italy’s hand-made tradition. Transformed by the eyes of the designers, Cavallina Argento is inspired by the pommel horse, used for one of the most demanding and acrobatic disciplines of men’s gymnastics, which becomes a bench in silver and pink leather. Rigorously following this logic the rings of male gymnasts become an elaborate chandelier; traditional Swedish wall bars become a luminous object upholstered in nude-pink leather with brass details; the pink crystal top of a coffee-table rests on steel dumbbells; the leather carpets are inspired by the multi-layered markings of sports courts. Every piece of the Body Building collection turns the spotlight back onto the human body – making it, once again, the center of attention – and of the home.
Contact/ Claudia Pignatale
Address/ via Giovanni da Castel Bolognese 81, Rome 00153, Italy