Our EDIT Napoli photo journal

Che Bella!

We came. We saw. We fell in love. The debut of design fair EDIT Napoli—the first fair of its kind dedicated exclusively to independent makers—was a big hit, and we were so grateful to be on the ground and in the mix. Scroll on to see some of our favorite projects and moments from the design-driven week. Until next year!

Italian designer Antonio Aricò made an excellent showing in two spaces at EDIT Napoli. His own space spotlighted his unforgettable, drool-worthy Jewel Pillows capsule collection for Luisa Via Roma. And for Pamono, our favorite southern Italian unveiled his new Parlantina Chairs. Get 'em while they're hot! Photo © Roberto Pierucci / Photo © A. Muscatello / Photo © Antonio Aricò


Rugs and lighting from the inimitable Italian designer Andrea Anastasio installed at Edit Napoli. These clever, handmade rugs have grommeted holes to preempt any worries about future moth meals. Photos © Roberto Pierucci


Dutch designer Max Lipsey's Woven Seating sported a gorgeous palette of Kvadrat textiles. "EDIT was a great experience," Max tells us. " The space was really special, and everyone seemed to be walking around with a smile on their face. Was it the sunshine? The city? The exhibits? Whatever the formula, it made everyone seem delightfully approachable, and I came away with some good contacts and memories." Photos © Casper Sejerson


We were first charmed by Milan-based Francesca Avian and Erica Agogliati of Flatwig Studio during Milan Design Week. So we were so happy to see they were are neighbors at EDIT Napoli. The duo's new Mama Punch set, launched in Naples, is outstanding! They say, "EDIT Napoli was a fabulous experience for a variety of reasons: the location, the people involved, the relaxed atmosphere… The biggest takeaway from this experience was meeting companies and professionals for future collaborations." Photos © Amandine Alessandra


Vicenza-based master of glass Simone Crestani wowed us with his intricate, delicate, gravity-defying work. We're particularly fond of his aptly named Alchmica Glassware Collection. Photo © Roberto Pierucci / Photo © Fabio Zonta


Milan-based editors Subalterno1 presented E’ Testè—Le Teste, an installation of experimental vessels created by Massimiliano Adami, Fabio Bortolani, Breaking the Mould + Materiaterza, Carlo Contin, Antonio Cos, Andrea Gianni, Asia Samimi, and Paolo Ulian . The materials were, in a word, outstanding. "For us, EDIT Napoli was a true mediterranean adventure, full of friendly encounters, pleasant conversations, and exchanges of views—practically, a real market square," say Subalterno1's art director Marcello Pirovano. Photo © Roberto Pierucci / Illustrations © Subalterno1


"Clay for millennia has been molded, imprinted, casted to make artifacts," says Italian designer-maker Gaetano Di Gregorio. "My current practice investigates the plastic qualities of clay and experiments with making as a sedimentary process—accumulating, mixing and aggregating instead of modeling. Works are fired and patiently sanded to highlight the random beauty of the assemblages." So lovely. Photo © Roberto Pierucci / Photo © Gaetano Di Gregori


Bleu Napolitain • White Landscapes presented at EDIT Napoli by the always intriguing French designer Constance Guisset. The pieces themselves were stunning; her Zacatecas Lamp, crafted of wood, unidirectional linen, blown glass, and LED, for example, is sublime. And we were head-over-heels for this gorgeous color story evoking Mediterranean living. Photo © Roberto Pierucci / Photo © Constance Guisset


KANZ Architects  from Venice standout with their Ikebana for Beginners vessels in Borosilicate glass and brass. Flowers as mini-architectures! Photos © Robert Vicentini


Italian designer and street artist Domenico Orefice sourced clays from Brindisi and Tuscany to create his Le Terre ceramic vases and amphorae. Not pictured here are his Charta Coffee Tables, made of pressed cotton cellulose and pigments. This talent has a knack for texture and materials, and tells us, "It is time for design to arrive in southern Italy." Photos © Domenico Orefice Design Studio


Historic Florentine ceramics manufactory Bitossi Ceramiche presented a selection of classics from Aldo Londi and Ettore Sottsass alongside newer collections from Michele De Lucchi, Dimorestudio, Formafantasma, Benjamin Hubert, Max Lamb, , Nathalie du Pasquier, Quincoces-Dragò, Christoph Radl, George Sowden , Bethan Laura Wood, and Marco Zanini . Photo © Roberto Pierucci / Photo © Bitossi Ceramiche


The editors of three-year-old Italian brand Manufatto discover and collaborate with amazing artisanal talents around Italy. They have a lot to offer, but we couldn't take our eyes off of the Ballerina Vases, a striking assemblage of Borosilicate glass and woven reeds, produced by expert basketmaker Dante Luzzi from Tuscany. Photos © Manufatto


Lebanese designer Nayef Francis showcased a delightful collection of furniture and lighting—at once glamorous and relaxed. "EDIT Napoli was all about bringing together designs that are unique in both content and spirit," Nayef tells us. "I have been to many exhibitions in Europe and the Middle East, but no one yet has the curation and the message of EDIT Napoli. The assembly of talented, hard working designers—all driven by passion and a solid profound message—was a joy to witness and be part of." Photos ©  Nayef Francis Design Studio


For decades Italian designer Massimiliano Adami has been pioneering experimental techniques and materials, especially in upcycled plastics. And his work—like the Softcrack Bowls and Girella Stools—remains as strong as ever. "I was very happy to expose my new works at this first edition of EDIT Napoli, after many years of avoiding fairs," says Massimiliano. "The public greatly appreciated the fair—both the 'design addicts' and the local people. Sowing new seeds will bring great things!" Photo © Massimiliano Adami / Photo © Emanuele Zamponi


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