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Antonino Sciortino

ANTONINO SCIORTINO

Following on from our blog introducing you to the wonders of Antonino Sciortino, where we explored how his collections deliver that treasured combination of functionality meets art, we thought perhaps we should delve a little deeper into the fact that although practical, his creations carry all the hallmarks of true art. Not only do Sciortino’s pieces look and feel like sculptures, but they truly are sculptures that will lift the everyday out of the everyday!

GARBO

A sense of wellbeing is infused into its surrounding environment by a deceptively simple table which meets both the requirements of utility and the deep human need for beauty. Thanks to its pure, classic lines and vintage feel, this sculpture-like table will fit well into almost any interior. Forged from soft iron and hand finished, the design works on a multitude of levels. Balancing circles, the solid table top and the open base satisfy our desire for equilibrium. The smooth solid surface and the open cage of the support create a harmonic resonance. Practicality and durability combine with an aesthetic that is as pleasing to the touch as to the eye.

BINGO

The shape is that of the ethnic drum and the drum naturally, is all about rhythm. The visual reference here is so strong that there is a ‘beat’ in the very shape of this table. And then, the waterfall-like base creates another rhythm – one of light, the suggestion of a pulse refracted through the iron wire supports. The combined result is a table which invokes an overall sense of excitement. Antonino Sciortino’s ambition to produce objects that "mix experiences and emotions," is fully realised in this vibrant table. It is hand forged from soft iron, then hand lacquered and the unmistakeable craftsmanship only adds to the sense of excitement which it brings to any interior.

CATERINA

The Caterina wood basket resembles an inverted fire, the flames suggested by the supports and appearing to travel down from the ‘fire bed’ (the wood cradle), within to the floor. The relationship of forged, soft iron to fire is tangible in this design which conveys the movement, warmth and wonder of fire itself to the container designed to hold its primary fuel. Imagine the Caterina close to a hearth with an open fire. As you look, one fire flickers with flames that dance upwards, while a sculpted reflection seems to mirror it with the suggestion of flames. The beauty of each is reflected and enhanced by the other. This is the genius that transforms a simple wood basket into a work of art.

TALE

Deep bowls, hand forged from soft iron and hand finished, bring the experience of food and of eating into the realm of sculpted art and carry sculpted art into the experience of eating and of food. Use the bowls for bread, fruit, cakes, fresh vegetables or edible leaves, filled and piled high to fulfil the cornucopia promise of the design. Because of the interaction between brain receptors for texture, colour and taste, the sensual look and feel of the metal will quite literally intensify the flavours of the food, enhancing the taste and enjoyment of any meal.


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