and De Negri & Za.Ma

Amsterdam-based Italian duo, Faberhama, collaborated with De Negri & Za.Ma. in San Leucio (a town in the Campania region which has been known since the 18th century for its silk weaving tradition) in creating a new typology of fabrics that can be applied in the world of furniture. San Leucio with its utopia of Ferdinandopoli, a factory-city conceived by King Ferdinando IV as a new model of social organization, represents a territory of fascinating contrasts: artifice and nature, freedom and control, closure and openness.

In this work, protagonists are the geometric planimeters, but also the figure of the bacchant (which is reminiscent of the Belvedere Palace’s frescoes) and of the silkworm, which dies in the cocoon before becoming a butterfly. “What if the butterfly were to continue its natural evolution, escaping human control and artificial addiction?”: the designers provoke doubts while proposing “absurd” scenarios, like that in which the emancipation of the insect would mean the disruption of the silk production, just as that of the workers would imply the ruin of the social fabric created by the king. This duality is unique to silk design, which takes shape both on the front and the back. There’s no privileged side, so, like a Moebius strip, this surface wraps and dresses the structures while becoming a true “habitus”, a habitat where our contradiction-embedded lives unfold.