Nanetto! — Paper Art
Nanetto! Literally: tiny dwarf!
Paper artifacts, subjects along a path made of light and technique, that slowly come to life and are filled with a warm ambient light.
Many are the giants that have carried us so far and we wanted to honour in a series of paper artifacts. Pieces of furniture, art or friends, devoted to show how small our perspective is without them, once we get off those sturdy shoulders we are sitting on.
Nanetto! — Artifacts For The Home
In these years, where books and culture are undergoing a bad spell, in which printing is thought to be dead and everything becomes “light”… we wanted to start anew from Venice, gifting a new identity to books. A new look and a new function. In order to introduce you to a new concept of books. A book which isn’t just made up of stories, characters, actions, but… a book which is made of glances. Stares, understandings, moments… spent together.
We wanted to draw a story made of paper, ferrying the observer across a river of typography, history and atmospheres.
From the moment it is freed from its packaging, Nanetto! starts narrating the time spent together and day by day it will grow with us. The paper will change, yellowing and swelling, stained by the memories that we would have lived hand in hand, becoming a silent narrator of the fantastic journey that life represents. If it were to be smudged, scribbled on by our child, hot or cold, Nanetto! will remember… never forgetting anything.
A continuous game of glances. A silence filled by the power of printing, in an interweaving of art, history and design. A research about the book’s function as expression of a story, be it visual or narrative.
Hour after hour, through the shadows that are created and bloom throughout the day, a visual tale is set up between the environment and the observer, devoted to emphasize the present.
Visual architectures, enclosed in a book block of paper, on the surface of which, every day, different shadows will continuously appear, aimed only at narrating the passing of time and escorting the eye during its rustling.
Nanetto! Awards and Exhibition
Awards: Selected at Oggetto Libro (2021), Winner at European Design Awards (2020)
Exhibition: Salone Del Mobile, Euroluce Corraini Mobile, Milano (2023) — Vienna Design Week, Puuul Space, Vienna (2021) — Adi Design Museum, Exhibition Oggetto Libro, Milan (2021) — M9 Museo Del ‘900, Bookshop, Venice (2019>2023) — Punta Della Dogana Museum, Pinault Collection Bookshop, Venice (2019>2023) — Venice Design Week, Galleria San’Eufemia, Venice (2019) — Milano Design Week, FuoriSalone, Milan (2019)
Articles: AD Italia, Elle Decor
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Nanetto! — Artifacts For The Home
Before pixels, apps, Google and Wikipedia, books were the only messengers of culture and entertainment. The history of our trade was born during a 15th century, rich in cultural evolutions, that strengthened Italy’s foundations as a unique cultural country and, at the same time, all that communication design represents today.
An artisan and design knowledge that was born by printing 5 million books in Venice with the Speyer brothers, Manuzio and Griffo. Over the centuries, thanks to the genius of Giambattista Bodoni, they lit up Italy all over the world. We are the home of creativity, culture and design. But we are just dwarves sitting on the shoulders of these and other giants that we want to honour in a paper artifact, a vehicle of emotions.