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Palazzo Valli Bruni
6-10 ottobre 2021

Studio Manda

Studio Manda is a furniture and interior design company born from a collaboration between Georges Mohasseb and Kareen Asli. After years of commuting between the U.S. and Europe, Kareen and Georges decided to start a partnership in 2015. Their company has recently been re-baptised studio manda, subtly joining their two names to emphasize and celebrate the success of their collaboration. Georges and Kareen work together developing interiors for public and private spaces with a meticulous attention to detail and an obsession with materials. At the same time, Georges individually pursues research and production of furniture and collectible design. Georges strives to create a limited number of timeless designs that embody a high level of craftsmanship and a complex expression of materials through their colors, shapes, textures and smells. Georges' products and limited editions have been exhibited in international design fairs and his work is currently represented by Carwan gallery in Athens, gallerie Gosserez in Paris and is in collaboration with Gabriel et Guillaume in NYC.

The “Cactus” coffee table is inspired by the cactus plant, an abstraction, presented as a marble sculpture at the service of functionality. The crushed and recycled marble is mixed with resin, poured and poured into 3D printed molds. We created this minimalist sculpture using old craft techniques, 20th century craftsmanship and materials, initiating a dialogue between the craft process and robotic technologies highly present in today's design and manufacturing process. The final touch up and finishes are done by hand.

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"Paravent light", is made with the same material and technique, however, we added a sheet metal lampshade (paravent) created from extruded recycled polypropylene, using the 3D printing robot where the interwoven parametric model is initiated by human programming. This symbolism is linked to time and to the dialogue between the mind, the hand and the machine, that is the generated cycle and the dialogue between the 20th and 21st centuries. The symbol of both sculptures allows us to reflect on this transition and invites us to look and adapt to the future.

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"The Cactus constantly adapts to its environment to live in the shadow of the Paravent".