At first glance, they might appear like pieces out of a museum’s pre historic collection. However, there is more than what meets the eye for Fendi’s leather collection by Formafantasma includes cotemporary pieces like hot water bottle or water containers crafted using discarded leather. To create these exquisite designs, Formafantasma has combined animal skins with unprocessed natural materials like shells, wood, marble, sponge and bladder. What you get in return is a collection that brings back memories of a byegone pre-industrial era where machines or artificial materials were considered fictional. Named Craftica, this unique collection, commissioned by fashion house Fendi will be unveiled at the Design Miami/Basil Fair in Switzerland.
For the project, FENDI had selected Andrea Trimarchi and Simone Farresin, two promising designers at Fomafantasma. The young studio had been known for their exclusive material investigations – a major factor which drove Fendi’s decision about commissioning the project to Fomafantasma.
In obtaining leather for their designs, Formafantasma designers had explored lifeboth under water and above it. Hence, from fish hide to boar skin- Craftica pieces come in a variety of leather choices. The leathers used for Craftica are mostly discarded pieces left over from Fendi’s production units. Company’s talented in-house craftsmen then lent their creative visuals for drawing and design.
For certain items, designers went beyond Fendi’s left over leather pieces and obtained those discarded by others units of the industrial sector. Therefore, items in the Craftica range account for a diverse make. From fish skins used in food industry to vegetal processed leather made of tea barks- designers and developers have done all it takes to ensure diversity.
The animal skins were made to undergo tanning processes to retain their original textures and color. After tanning, each and every piece of leather was then combined with a plethora of materials to create the Craftica range. Therefore, the installation contains a large variety of objects ranging from glass lights to room dividers to spoons to protective masks. In addition to all this, Fendi has put together a collection of hand made drawings that depict different phases in the use of leather back through time. In line with Craftica’s theme, the drawings too are displayed on pieces of parchments made from goat skin.