Making a Masterpiece
Genre: TV Factual
Directed by Matteo Bini
Director of Photography: Ryan Eddlestone
Produced by Vaughan Sivell
In association with Matter of Stuff
A WEP Production for the Gennaker Group
‘Making a Masterpiece’ follows six leading international designers as they travel to Tuscany to be part of a ‘once in a lifetime’ competition in the glorious wine regions of Montalcino.
The designers have unlimited access to the most expensive raw materials in the world. Rare metal and marble are extracted sustainably from the Cararra hillside specifically to create the work of their dreams. Access to the manufacturers of this kind of luxury material is incredibly rare, even for the best designers in the world.
The designers, selected from 100s of applicants, have six weeks to make their pieces. They are then auctioned to the highest bidder in London later in the year. The prize includes an exhibition during the Montalcino Design Festival and the 19th edition of the Jazz & Wine Festival. In addition to the events in Italy, the winning designs are featured during the London Design Festival.
‘Making a Masterpiece’ will be an international celebration of craft, luxury and sustainability. Six weeks of high art and high pressure – we’ll take the viewer on a gorgeous visual journey as six designers’ visions come to life.
ALESSANDRO ZAMBELLI (Italy). Alessandro lives and works in Mantua, Italy. He studied industrial design and materials engineering at the Cova School of Design in Milan, and his career took off at bathroom designer Agape in 2000. A few years later, in 2003, he founded Alessandro Zambelli Design Studio.
“Throughout the residency I will explore a collection of furniture that focuses on the antique technique of inlays. The oxydation process of the metal surfaces can be read as a stratification of impurities over time: this will create a change unique to the material and to the surface.”
STUDIO UUFIE (Japan). Established in 2009 by Irene Gardpoit and Eiri Ota, the studio focuses on design innovation that emphasizes the expressive quality of space and materials. Current projects include the Ports 1961 flagship store (Shanghai, 2013-2015); the Printemps Haussmann renovation (Paris, 2013-2016); and Lake Cottage (Bolsover, Canada, 2011-2013), a two-story family home along the Kawartha Lakes that references the idea of a tree house. Notable furniture and object designs include a collection of hand-blown glass objects that balance on their centers of gravity; as well as Peacock-S and Peacock–L, a set of chairs inspired by the natural plumage of their namesake.
For the Residency, UUfie will be exploring the process of fusing liquid metal with other materials.
TIM VANLIER (Holland). Tim (28) recently graduated of the Design Academy Eindhoven, and believes in the power of craft and the act of making. Within the framework of tactility he experiments with colour materials and the manufacturing process, which can lead to unexpected results. For the residency, Tim Vanlier will give the hard cold metal a new material experience, referring to the iron ore layers in the mines where the metal begins as ore.
TOMÁS GABZDIL LIBERTÍNY (Slovakia) Son of architect Róbert Gabzdil and historian Soňa Libertíny, Tomas studied at the Technical University Košice in Slovakia focusing on engineering and design. He was awarded George Soros’s Open Society Institute Scholarship to study at The University of Washington in Seattle, where he explored painting and sculpture. He continued his study at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava in painting and conceptual design. After receiving the prestigious Huygens Scholarship, he enrolled in the Masters program at the Design Academy Eindhoven where he received his MFA in 2006.
OLGA BIELAWSKA (Germany). Olga Bielawska is a designer in Hamburg, Germany. Born in Warsaw/ Poland, raised in Bavaria/ Germany, she graduated from the Bauhaus University in Weimar. In 2013 she founded her own design studio, from where she cooperates with international companies, to develop products in different fields ranging from furniture to lighting.
“My Idea is to design a pattern made of two marble sheets, playing with the contrast of: White and Black. Using water jet cutting allowes to refine the possibilities of simple symmetric shapes. This exceptional pattern creates the impression of an accidentally thrown tablecloth over an element. The intention is to create an object that experiments with the dichotomy between a silk and softlooking surface in a hard material like marble.”
NINA CHO (Usa). Nina was born in the United States and raised in Korea, where she studied Woodworking and Furniture design at Korea’s art school, HongIk University. She then earned an MFA in 3D Design at the Cranbrook Academy of Art in the United States. She has been recognized as an Honoree of Sight Unseen’s 2015 American Design Hot List, presented in partnership with Herman Miller and featured as one of Five Breakout Designers of 2015 in Artsy based in the USA.
“I am interested in marble because each piece is inherently unique. I like the contrast of between its delicate colors with the solid, heavy weight of the material. Using two heavyweight pieces can create a stable structure by interlocking them using complimenting geometry. I look to create a sculptural table with a simple joint structure consisting of two or three forms cut from two different types of marble. The natural colors of each marble component will enhance one another as the shapes come together in creating a sound structure while revealing the beauty of the joint. Basic marble tabletop slabs exist for steel or wood armature.”