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a project of Alberto Fabbian and Paola Amabile
with the collaboration of Antoniazzi & Piovesana and Ceramiche Vicentine

photo credits: Paola Amabile


Workbench is the result of a collaboration between two traditional artisan realities as wicker and clay.
Through an experimental research approach, the project reinterprets feelings and technical possibilities of both materials combining them together, in order to identify new languages and processes.
Workbench has been developed working in close contact with local craftsmen; it has been selected and exhibited during the Milan Design Week 2013 at Ventura Lambrate (Ventura at Work).

Workbench takes shape by processing wicker and clay. Woven wicker usually needs a cold water bath to be handle, while clay requires an high temperature baking process to become ceramic. Thanks to these properties, traditional handcraft methods generate different objects. Wood flexibility and ceramic fragility, the weaving and the dough, the drying cycle and the baking process, all together on the same table, where materials and methods complement one another and the final result is a contamination between two different world.