Doppia Firma is a project – launched in 2016 by Fondazione Cologni dei Mestieri d’Arte, Living – Corriere della Sera and the Michelangelo Foundation for Creativity and Craftsmanship – that pairs skilled Italian artisans and innovative international designers.
These collaborations result in original objects, having different raw materials: glass, masks, jewels, ceramics, wood and lace. Others are based on the traditions of serigraphy, knitwear, press and the use of gold leaf, or on the textile tradition, as in our case.
And Tessitura Bevilacqua has been paired with an out-and-out expert in the field of designer fabrics. And of Italy.
Who’s Nathalie Du Pasquier?
To design-enthusiasts who know Ettore Sottsass and his Memphis Group (1981-1987), the name Nathalie Du Pasquier shouldn’t sound new. The French designer and painter was indeed one of the founders of this assembly of architects and designers from all over the world, whose aim was to revolutionize the style of the Seventies, which they considered as minimalist and lacking personality. That’s why the objects and furniture items they designed featured bold shapes and colours. In short: they were innovative.
The team was therefore international – just like Doppia Firma’s couples – but its base was in Milan, where Nathalie Du Pasquier has been living since 1979, projecting various “decorated surfaces”: items covered in plastic laminate, carpets, furniture items, small objects and, of course, textiles.
A project to create designer furnishing fabrics
To create the fabrics for Doppia Firma, Nathalie Du Pasquier has collaborated with Emanuele Bevilacqua, a member of the Bevilacqua family and a master of arts and crafts. The exhibited fabric is a soprarizzo velvet, woven on the original Jacquard looms of the Republic of Venice’s Silk Guild.
You can discover this and the other creations of Doppia Firma from April 17th to 22nd, from 10.00 AM to 7.00 PM, in Milan, in Villa Mozart. And at the end of this post you can see some pictures of the “Flag for one day” created by this collaboration.
Photos: © Laila Pozzo