Authorial design fair EDIT Napoli returns for its 3d edition revealing a collaboration with Patricia Urquiola
From 29 to 31 October 2021, EDIT Napoli returns: the international fair directed by Emilia Petruccelli and curated by Domitilla Dardi is dedicated to independent designers and design authors.
For its third consecutive edition, the event will be hosted within the spaces of the Complesso Monumentale di San Domenico Maggiore and within some of the most symbolic venues of Neapolitan and Mediterranean culture.
After the success of the 2020 edition, in which the fair presented more than 60 international exhibitors, three special exhibitions of the EDIT Cult programme, and numerous collaborations, EDIT Napoli launches its Open Call for independent designers, authors and editors of design, creators and producers to join the selection of exhibitors curated by the creators of the fair.
Moreover, young emerging talents can apply to join Seminario – the special section dedicated to designers under 30s and brands with less than 3 years of history.
As it has since day one, the exhibitors of EDIT Napoli 2021 will bring to professionals and non-professionals, products and projects that favour quality over quantity, territoriality over globalization, and those that make the transparent supply chain one of their strengths.
In October 2021, an expert committee composed of Italian designers Andrea Trimarchi and Simone Farresin – Formafantasma, the French interior and furniture designer Dorothée Meilichzon, the creators of Sight Unseen from New York, Monica Khemsurov and Jill Singer, and the web director of ELLE Decor Italia – Alessandro Valenti, will gather to choose the best unreleased works of 2021. The winners will embody the values promoted by EDIT Napoli: intelligent design, deep respect for cultural heritage and a well-balanced price.
Curious to know more about EDIT Napoli? Don’t miss our interview with founders Domitilla Dardi & Emilia Petruccelli
From the stimulating and productive experience of the virtual fair and digital business rooms born in 2020, EDIT Napoli presents a new project starting from Spring this year: ATLANTE. A search engine dedicated exclusively to authorial design, for buyers, enthusiasts, architects, curators and more will allow them to easily discover the indexed offers of our sector.
ATLANTE will be animated by the productions of designers and manufacturers and will build an ever-evolving map of this precise segment of the design world of which EDIT Napoli has become a leading voice.
Over the next few months the 2021 collaborations for the EDIT Cult cultural programme, the products created in the context of the opportunities promoted by last year’s partners, the upcoming MADE IN EDIT collection, and a label linked to the fair and its values, will be presented alongside the various activities that make the fair a point of reference for the city of Naples and for international design.
Patricia Urquiola in Capodimonte – A porcelain garden brings the botany of the Real Bosco to the table
The prototypes of the ceramic and porcelain centre-table collection, created for MADE IN EDIT by the designer-architect Patricia Urquiola in collaboration with the Caselli Institute – Royal Factory of Capodimonte, will be at the centre of an installation and of an auction whose proceeds will be donated towards the restoration of the school’s internal garden.
The project, linked to MADE IN EDIT – the design label conceived by the director of EDIT Napoli Emilia Petruccelli and the curator Domitilla Dardi, involves one of the most important Italian and Neapolitan institutions located in the Real Bosco di Capodimonte, the Caselli Institute, born in the Sixties with the aim of preserving ancient artisanal traditions and experimenting with unprecedented forms and techniques in the porcelain sector.
Initiated in 2020, the collaboration with Patricia Urquiola is based on the desire to revitalize the ancient tradition of porcelain and, at the same time, to enhance the excellence of Capodimonte’s artisanal production by creating a connection between the masters of the Royal Factory, the students of the institute and international designers.
Patricia Urquiola explains: “I have visited the Capodimonte complex on several occasions, but for this project we have entered its imaginary undergrowth. And, visiting the school of the Royal Factory, we passed through a courtyard that was rather abandoned and dreaming of a real green intervention. This need has permeated our project.
The installation freezes, as it were, a moment of the dream. A table-setting where the flowerbeds of the patio experience a mutation between forms and hybrid matters of plants, animals, minerals and humans, in a happy but eclectic chain of metamorphosis.“
Patricia Urquiola: “Through this ‘randomness’ of biomorphic relationships, we have dialogued with the school’s mastery in dealing with matter itself. The project ends with a meeting around this different contemporary ‘chemin de table’, in which we participate in a lunch, a pure act of metamorphosis. As Emanuele Coccia explains, “the surrounding environment does not exist, there is only a flow, a continuum in which we are the act of metamorphosis. We live the same life as everything that surrounds us”.“
Strongly shared by EDIT Napoli, by Patricia Urquiola and by the Director of the Caselli Institute, Valter Luca De Bartolomeis, the project’s core desire is to re-read the eighteenth-century theme of large centerpieces, connecting it to the naturalistic and floral theme to create a “garden on the table”, according to research developed in recent years by De Bartolomeis himself for the Caselli Institute.
The theme is inspired by the immense catalogue of plants and flowers of the Real Bosco di Capodimonte which represents a great source of inspiration for the students in the creation of porcelain.
Don’t miss our interview with Aline Asmar d’Amman, “Bridging poetry and reality”, from the last edition of EDIT Napoli.