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Virzi + Bortolini launch Illusory Objects collection

'Questioning boundaries between aesthetic genres'

Bianca Bortolini and Marcella Virzi came together to found Virzi + Bortolini with the Illusory Objects collection. 'We are intent on creating a small revolution in the rarefied world of furniture and object design. The approach is exciting as we find ourselves more drawn to questioning boundaries between aesthetic genres than reinforcing those distinctions in purist form. We like mixing things up in highly controlled ways', the design duo mentions on their website.

'Drawing inspiration from our diverse backgrounds in architecture, fashion design, and jewellery design, we experiment in intriguing ways with innovative methods and materials that not only revive forgotten techniques but also challenge traditional design norms.'

Virzi + Bortolini draws inspiration from a wide and diverse span of historical art forms to create unexpected cross-pollinations. The ongoing collection "Illusory Objects" bridges the gap between art and design, by challenging conventional notions and blurring the boundaries between the two fields. The collection is inspired by Egyptian culture and Regency design. From times immemorial of the first tribes to the culture of the great Pharaohs period to the Egyptian revival during the Napoleonic times and the golden age.

'Each object and piece of furniture is unique as a work of art in itself since there is no cohesive collection of objects and styles in antique shops. Every piece found will turn out differently, being part of this distinctive serial number and limited collection.'

Mostly made of recycled metals and centuries-old wood that are wasted by many industries or come simply from demolition sites, the duo give the materials a new form.

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