Formafantasma
Questionnaire

18 March 2014

Andrea Trimarchi (1983) and Simone Farresin (1980) are Formafantasma. The studio, which is based in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, explores the role of design in folk handicrafts, the link between tradition and local custom, a critical approach to sustainability and the value of objects as vehicles of culture. In 2011, New York Times critic Alice Rawsthorn and MoMA curator Paola Antonelli included Trimarchi and Farresin in their selection of twenty of the most promising designers at an international level. Their works can be found in some of the world’s most important design collections: the Victoria and Albert Museum and Libby Sellers Gallery, in London; the Spazio Rossana Orlandi and Dilmos, in Milan; the Moss Gallery in New York, the MUDAC in Lausanne, the Art Institute of Chicago and the Vitra Design Museum at Weil am Rhein, in Germany.

The song you never get tired of listening to.

Andrea: Franco Battiato and Giuni Russo’s Strade parallele.
Simone: Domenico Modugno’s Nel blu dipinto di blu.

The movie you can watch over and over again.

Andrea: Emanuele Crialese’s Respiro.
Simone: Hayao Miyazaki’s Howl’s Moving Castle.

The book you fell head over heels in love with.

Andrea: Alejandro Jodorowsky’s Donde mejor canta un pájaro.
Simone: Jean Genet’s Querelle of Brest.

The object you’re most attached to.

There isn’t one.

Your favorite place.

The tonnara at Scopello.

A cult film you cannot stand

All of Woody Allen’s.

A literary classic you can’t bear.

The Betrothed.

The most beautiful automobile ever made.

Andrea: the Fiat 126.
Simone: the Fiat Panda.

A journey round the world in three stages.

Andrea: Rome, Shanghai, Machu Picchu.
Simone: Venice, London, Mumbai.

A contemporary artist whose future in the history of art is assured.

Pierre Huyghe.

An architect to whom you would entrust the construction of a fantastic place

Theo Jansen.

A fashion designer for an epoch-making show.

Andrea: Alexander McQueen.
Simone: Iris van Herpen.

An artist you consider overrated.

Jeff Koons.

A fashion designer you consider overrated.

Karl Lagerfeld.

An architect and/or designer you consider overrated.

Karim Rashid.

An elegant person.

Adolf Loos.

An inelegant person.

Andrea: Alessandra Mussolini.
Simone: Daniela Santanchè.

Who would you advise to change profession?

Andrea: Alessandra Mussolini.
Simone: Daniela Santanchè.

A bad habit you have?

Andrea: Constantly checking my email.
Simone: Questioning projects right up to the last moment.

What would you like to overindulge in?

Andrea: French fries.
Simone: Cream puffs.

What can’t you do without?

A month’s vacation in August.

What would you like to be a champion of?

Andrea: Freestyle swimming.
Simone: Gliding.

The hotel and restaurant at the top of your personal league table.

Hotel de l’Orient in Pondicherry, India, and St. John Restaurant in London (for lunch).

The greatest invention of all time.

Andrea: Electricity.
Simone: The dishwasher.

The historical figure you are most grateful to.

Nikola Tesla.


Emanuela Carelli

She is the one who makes Klat work, after founding it with Paolo. She has two children, is a graphic designer, loves culinary experiments and is fairly certain of one thing: that it is creativity that makes the world go round.


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