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Andrea Trimarchi (1983) and Simone Farresin (1980) are Studio Formafantasma – two italian designers based in Eindhoven, The Netherlands.
The collaboration between the two started during their BA in communication design, illustrating books and magazines. Their interests in product design developed on the im masters course at design Academy Eindhoven, where they graduated in july 2009 with a thesis based on traditional Sicilian folk craft.
The work of Studio Formafantasma touch relevant design issues such as the role of design in folk craft, the relationship between tradition and local culture, a critical approach to sustainability, and the significance of objects as a cultural vector.
Andrea and Simone believe in the role of the designer as a bridge between craftwork, industry, user and objects. From this in-between position the studio is interested in creating a design practice that merges craft and industry, local necessity within the global context and on a conceptual level, to stimulate a more critical and conscious relationship of the user with objects.
The aim of the studio is to create in time a coherent body of work both with self-commisioned projects and in collaboration with companies.
Works of Studio Formafantasma are exhibited at Droog Design, Spazio Rossana Orlandi,Sotheby's London, Moss Gallery-New York, Gallery Libby Sellers, Dilmos, Nodus Rug .
In 2011 Studio Formafantasma has been nominated in the March issue of Rolling Stones by Paola Antonelli, design curator of MOMA in New York and Alice Rawsthorn, design critic of the International Herald Tribune as 1 of the 20 most promising design studio.