SFUSO and Raminga invites designers, architects, makers, craftsmen, graphic designers, students and professionals to present their work during Salone del Mobile 2014 from April 8th to 13th, 2013, inside the spaces offered by Ferramenta Pietro Viganò, an historical workshop located since 1927 in the core of the Tortona Design District.
Aim of Retrobottega is to investigate possible responses in order to survive contemporaneity; given certainties, as livable spaces, wealth, easy access to goods and services, or the right to a satisfying sociality are nowadays constricted by the insatiable intrusiveness of necessity. In such a context the designer should go back to the immediacy of necessary things, things that do not need any justification, things that are made for life.
Through Retrobottega, SFUSO wants to develop the survival issue as a spatial, economical and social fact. They’re looking for survival devices and practices that face the problem in an innovative way: from systems for food and energy production to mobility devices, from spatial construction practices to tools and object for living, up to new instruments for the everyday life. A singular synergy between design culture, practical know-how, modern resources offered by new technologies, together with traditional manufacturing, a DIY attitude and the ability to work as wasteless as possible must be the key factor of these researches.
Through Retrobottega, SFUSO wants to investigate how this paradigm could change the perspective in the world of design, production and distribution of goods, rediscovering a way people could access goods and resources and redefining a concept of Surviving as not a purely biological fact.
Selected producers will have a reserved space for showing their production and researches during Salone del Mobile 2014 inside the spaces offered by Ferramenta Pietro Viganò and set up for the occasion by NOWAA.
The submission deadline is March, 23th 2014. Results will be published on http://www.sfuso.org within March, 24th 2013. Applications should be sent to email@example.com. The call is open to all regardless of profession, professionals and students alike, whether resident in Italy or abroad. Participation is free and you can submit as many projects as you like.
SFUSO /small-scale practices/ is a research collective formed by young designer, graphic designers and architects. Retrobottega is their first small scale production and this its second year.