Wednesday, April 11, 2007



A creative journey through France, Italy, Portugal, Turkey and China, the five countries where Fabrica is present with the spaces Fabrica Features.

When: 18 April, 2007 Where: Artmouse - Milan What: Exhibition

Five boxes, each a symbol of one of the countries – Italy, France, Portugal, Turkey and China – in which Fabrica is present in the shape of a Fabrica Features space. With this installation, ideally representing its openness to the world, Benetton’s communication research centre will be at the Milan International Furniture Fair, 18-23 April 2007, as part of the programme of special events.

The project’s core is the idea of Fabrica Features areas as retail spaces for its design articles and as worldwide multiethnic and multimedia meeting places, creating an ideal network of dialogue and information interchange. Fabrica disseminates its culture through these satellites and, at the same time, it absorbs and passes on external stimuli and inspirations, as highlighted by the installation’s graphics, in which images and wording are fragmented into a multitude of tiny points.

In each box, a photo embodies the country’s spirit through a picture of a living room, chosen as the place where people gather together in a home, and another object interprets a distinctive characteristic of local traditions. Looking in the Italian box, for example, we can imagine sitting on a sofa next to Botticelli’s Venus- thanks to the upholstery inspired by the famous Renaissance painting - whose beauty is enhanced by exquisite embroidery, a reference to Italy’s craft traditions. In Portugal, a rug shaped like a girl’s shadow evokes the country’s warm sun and its women’s typical black clothing. France is represented by a creation that harmoniously unites a wine bottle and a glass and refers to the elegant shapes of French tradition. A three-doored screen conveys Turkey’s unique position between the West and the East, where cultural cross-fertilisation is enabled through two openings. China’s explosive growth, including in the building industry, is symbolised by a wall built on bricks made of packets of rice, a commodity with a crucial place in the country’s history. "


Tuesday, April 10, 2007


Lighting Ball

Lighting ball is a sidelight that was born from the reusing concept and the need to bring alive a playful symbolic universe, using objects well known from our childhood.

The used materials are the automatic machine's gift boxes, that are normally thrown away, and the Christmas tree lights that, apart from Christmas time, are not used at all. The Christmas lights are prepared to be in direct contact with plastic and the boxes have two parts, one transparent and the other coloured, that let light pass through with quite interesting shades.

Both objects can be found in different colours, which allow creating different colour sets, helping decorating surprising environments.

by Rita Botelho



Pendulum is a brooch that makes the formal analogy with the pendulums of old clocks. It combines in a single piece a pin and a pendulum disc, objects normally used in very different contexts. Their silver and gold colours, its perfect rounded shape and the circular glow of the discs turn these metallic objects into potential jewellery pieces.

By changing the original using context of these industrially produced objects, into a universe that puts aesthetic contemplation first, we become aware of the creative potential of apparently common and worthless objects.
by Rita Botelho

Thursday, April 05, 2007

FABRICA LISBOA features Soul Surf / Instant Paintings

João Silva

Nuno Moita

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Soul Surf / Instant Paintings

sonho liquefeito grão de luz matéria firme
equilíbrio fragmentado álgebra instável:

72 polaroids + 8 ampliações + 2 rasterizações
de Nuno Moita e João Silva

06 Abril a 02 Maio
inauguração: 06 (sexta-feira) Abril 18h-19h

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