The exhibition project STRATA includes a collection of unique pieces, such as plates made with the glass fusing technique. The designer Lucia Massari uses a traditional material and production process, but reinterprets it in an experimental way. STRATA appears as an abstract painting with intense colors; form and color come together in a sort of collage with a strong graphic and material impact. The vitreous matter, constructed with a formal rhythm and chromatic harmonies, is transformed into unexpected geometric textures once it comes into contact with the high temperatures of the fusion process. The collection has been designed and produced exclusively for SWING Design Gallery with the precious collaboration of Venetian artisan craftsmen.
LUCIA MASSARI bio: She studied product design at the Higher Institute of Architecture in Venice (IUAV), graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in 2006. She went on to earn her Master’s degree in product design at the Royal College of Art in London in 2009; while there, she studied under design tutors Martino Gamper and Jurgen Bey. She launched her eponymous studio in 2010, splitting her time between Venice and London. In 2013, she formally moved the studio to Venice. Lucia’s design practice frequently incorporates collaborations with local artisans. Notable projects include the 2015 Marbleabilia Collection, a joint effort with marble company Mandruzzato Marmi e Graniti. She has exhibited her work at a variety of international events, including the Ljubljana Design Biennale in Slovenia, London Design Festival, Vienna Design Week, and Salone del Mobile. Her work has also been exhibited at Victoria & Albert Museum in London and Trico Gallery in Tokyo. In 2010, Lucia was an artist-in-residence at Fondazione Claudio Buziol in Venice.