The ‘Civitá’ project is defined by its three sequential phases: research, design and execution. It aims to incorporate the practices of other fields such as archeology and anthropology to reach a greater understanding of the object, both as a concept and as a product. This derives from the researcher Ellen Swift’s thinking in her book 'Roman Artefacts and Society' in which she explains that the best way to reach a conclusion about an artefact is through a multitude of sources, and then compare them. This understanding enriches the design process, allowing materialise in a more consistent way. The Roman Imperial period defines the research window. The research was focused on the products of a culture that can be defined as 'continental' (in a geographic sense), both in their economy and material production. 'Civita' is about learning the relationship between an object and the culture that produces and consumes it. In this case, the relationship is explored through the Roman Imperial period.
The Roman dining room (triclinium) is the place in which the typologies of objects to be designed were derived. From here, the space itself represents the apogee of the Roman culture, thus involving all its social, artistic and performative elements. From here, the objects to be designed are perceived as tools, both for personal use and when establishing a spatial context.
The final result is viewed as a complete context, 'full' of the objects which compose it. Each one has a particular role within this scenario. Collaborations with artisans from both Italy and Spain helped to create objects of the highest quality.
Glass: Antichi Angeli, Murano
Marble: Costa & Paolo, Carrara
Steel: Vacchio Argentaura, Rome
Ceramic: Ollerias, Elosu, Basque Country
Wood: Jose Luis Gonzalez Roma, Galicia