Geometry Made Easy & Con-Tradition by MICROmacro
MICROmacro has created two simple yet very graphic projects. The first one, Geometry Made Easy, includes frame lights and a screen. The second one, Con-Tradition, is also a set of lights and screens inspired by the Chinese furniture tradition.
The Geometry Made Easy frame lights is a collection of hanging lights inspired by basic geometric shapes: Circle, Triangle, Square, Rectangle and Star. The pendants hang on a black textile cord, highlighted with an exposed bulb. The simplicity of the frames makes them look like bi-dimensional lines. The shadows cast by the lights add another a double in shape of the pendants.
The CON.TRADITION project is based on the concept of apparent CONTRADICTION between the Essentiality of the Contemporary Style “CON-temporary” and the Preciousness of the Chinese Antique Style “-TRADITION”. Sara Bernardi, the founder of MICROmacro, was inspired by the archetypes of the chinese furniture tradition: the lantern, the folding screen, the altar table for the calligraphy, and the tea table. The opposition come from the materials usually used in construction like Concrete and Steel reinforced Bar. The rawness and the strength of construction materials are mixed with the Elegance of the Antique Chinese Style.
Concrete and steel since the beginning of their employment in the construction field, have been embodying the symbol of urbanization, and to a higher extent a metaphor of modernity. Their nature is in strong contradiction with the concept of heritage and for that reason they can establish a new meaningful dialogue with the Tradition.
[divider]About Sara Bernardi & MICROmacro [/divider]
Sara Bernardi is an Italian architect and the founder of MICROmacro. She was born in Rome where she studied and obtained her Master Degree in Architecture with honor in 2004. She has worked in Architecture and Design field for many renowned international companies such as Fuksas Architects, GRAFT and IaN+, between Italy and China, before she founded her own practice in Beijing in 2011. Her work focuses on contradictions and dichotomies, looking at scale, proportion and the importance of cultural influence.
The result of her work is MICROmacro, a design office which exists and grows between Beijing and Rome, and mixes an Italian design background with inspiration from both local crafstmanship and global influences. The company focuses on the relationship between the disciplines of architecture, design and art. Yet MICROmacro’s approach is one which attempts to blur the boundaries that divide these various aspects of creative thought and practice. Therefore MICROmacro aims to create an exchange between disparate materials, realities and scales from MICRO to macro.
MICROmacro’s Geometry MadeEasy collection features hanging lights inspired by basic geometric shapes: circles, triangles, rectangles and stars. Each light acts almost as a pendant within which the bulb emits the light to create simple but effective shadows. The frames themselves are made from steel bars, finished in matte paint and wired in colored textile cords. The beauty of the frames lies in their almost two-dimensional simplicity, allowing anyone to pick up a kit and create the shape of their choice.