“’Immersions’ are free environmental installations, crosses, hen houses, sheepfolds, farm enclosures. I am interested in conjuring up spaces with a charisma, a mystery, a sacredness.
Within globalization immense spaces, these places define a whole constellation of local experiences without a function, a meaning and even (maybe) a beauty. Aquariums just full of themselves.

Temporary, ordinary, poor places at the bottom of the built universe; under architecture, less than marketable goods, lower than industrial design. A basic threshold made of simple qualities, and thus difficult to get.

’Immersions’ belong to a Canzoniere, a collection of ballads which isn’t written, isn’t collected, rather just imagined.”

Andrea Branzi
January 2011


“The most interesting part in my research process in industrial production is always hidden, in a back stage never appearing to the public, so that it will be impossible to explain what’s behind a product, the possible and not-reproducible, non-industrial trajectory. But it belongs to a product’s soul, of what is before and after the ultimate prototype. In this case I like practicing a different exercise, living these “products” without limits, conditioning, predetermination, predictability.

A “comb-back” chair has always been one of my obsessions. As a child I used to have one, in my bedroom. Recently I am working on a plastic version made with an industrial mould defying limits. But in the exhibited piece every rod is different, there are torsions and asymmetries, different distances and inclinations. Every possible difficulty in the same moment. But the idea flowing in my mind was feasible, it is possible to stop a production step, showing it, using it and transforming it into something else. Reproducible with limits.
The table too shies away from symmetries, usable spaces, a predefined functions. It widens into three dimensions, with its containing cubes. It can be a desk, a table to put things on, a table for asymmetric meals, a displaying container. Both talk together, different but compatible. Patently irregular, but with something in common.”

Patricia Urquiola