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A plank cut into four, assembled into a square and rounded.

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Puscha is a wooden cow: a toy or a decorative element. Based on an archaic model, its typology is deeply enrooted in Switzerland’s cultural memory, as following excerpt from Plasch Brandun’s book Das Museum St. Hippolytus (1999) describes: «A wooden cow: boys chose to run their own ranching during the spare time, following their parents’ example. First wooden cows had to be procured by carving the desired forms from a piece of alder. Only with a pocket knife one was able to instill a soul to animals of all ages. Calves, cows and of course a breeding bull, obtained all their own look. One of the boys, certainly the most capable, was elected as a judge: because when someone raised a quarrel, one had to conciliate. The smartest boy became a cattle dealer and an other was appointed to produce paper money. Latter however was not aloud to keep own cows: certainly to prevent a conflict of interest. The paper money (20, 100 and 1’000 CHF), each one a unique copy, was drawn by hand and put in circulation.»

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Palpiri is a tableau produced by cutting several straight lines into a sheet of paper, which creates three dimensional forms. Palpiri explores a possibility to change the characteristics of a blank sheet of paper. The calm surface becomes vibrant.

Magasin is an accessories collection comprising containers, vases and pedestals made from ash, glass and stone for offices and homes. The geometrical (square, round) forms are based on specific functions found in an office (A4) or in a home, kitchen (food). All containers are combining the rectangular and the circular plan resulting in soft, rounded volumes: the round and the rectangular containers are equally produced starting with five planks assembled to an open box. The initial form (box) is perceptible due to five clear joint lines and different grain development: the round boxes are additionally visually divided in four segments due to light and shadow creating a difference in brightness between each segment – a subtle ornament.
The production method reminds of the craft of a cooper (bucket): a container is produced by repeatedly assembling the same wooden segment.
The accessories are conceived for sorting or storing in the office and kitchen or as a decorative element for living.

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Ciambella is composed of a turned ash base and a spinned and anodised aluminium bowl, proposed for Alessi’s new office collection. The aim of my project was to take an anonymous, everyday object – a bend cake mould – to liberate it from its original function and re-combine its different elements wholly or partly to create a new product. Thus, a new shape has actually been created that does not seek to be absolutely new but recharge the current moment from the stocks of cultural memory.