Edit Napoli: design looks south

From 16 to 18 October, design editions and signature pieces on view in Naples

Emilia Petruccelli & Domitilla Dardi, Edit Napoli - Photo © Lea Anouchinsky
Emilia Petruccelli & Domitilla Dardi, Edit Napoli - Photo © Lea Anouchinsky

Design heads for Naples: Edit Napoli is back, from 16 to 18 October, a fair now at its second year, with a focus on design editions, signature works and designer-makers. Created by Emilia Petruccelli, buyer and entrepreneur, and Domitilla Dardi, design curator and historian, Edit Napoli presents a selection of brands, artisans and designers – over 60 names already confirmed – who rely in their creative process on high-quality production methods, combining contemporary ideas and traditional forms of know-how. An event that offers visibility to signature design, to companies that strive for quality instead of quantity, for territorial connection as opposed to globalization, with a transparent chain of supply and production as a strong point.

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Among the names showing products inside the Complesso Monumentale di San Domenico Maggiore, a historic site in the midst of the narrow streets of Naples, there are local crafts brands, from Naples and Campania, together with national and international artists and designers, including the Italians Botteganove, CC Tapis, DeCastelli, Fabscarte, forma&cemento, Medulum, Mutaforma, Scapin Collezioni, and an international range represented by talents like Alvaro Catalán de Ocón, Constance Guisset, The Art and Design Group with Nathalie du Pasquier and Nigel Coates.

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“The positive signal is that we have already reached the same number of exhibitors as at the first edition – says Domitilla Dardi. – But there’s more: I am particularly proud to see emerging, very young names who have chosen Edit Napoli for their debut, in a sector fair with a section set aside for them, the Seminario.” The space for the younger generations, with designers under 30 and brands with less than three years of existence, will transform one of the rooms of the Complesso into an original loft. Among the already well-known young talents, Sara Ricciardi will present the Ora wellness collection in collaboration with Simone Piva, for the label of the fair Made in Edit.

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The finest original products of high quality, based on intelligent design with a particular focus on process, on respect for cultural heritage and balanced pricing, will be assessed by a jury of experts. At the same time, there will be many events and exhibitions around the city, with Edit Cult: Teatro San Carlo will host the Metamorfosi collection by Martino Gamper for Moroso and the Madre and Filo lamps by Andrea Anastasio for Foscarini; Museo Filangieri will instead welcome the site-specific installation of Bosa created by Jaime Hayon, titled Ceramic Tower.

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Andrea Anastasio will be the protagonist of a solo show at MANN, Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli, with an original work on the historical archives of Ceramica Gatti of Faenza. The fair can be visited free of charge, also for virtual viewing at the website www.editnapoli.com, with podcasts and business rooms set aside for buyers.