Salone Del Mobile 2021, 2021
The “SCARPETTE” stool & “CAROLINO” serving wagon were designed and created during the Christmas holiday 2020’s “ZONA ROSSA” lockdown period in Pietrasanta, Tuscany where the family of Letizia Caramia lives. As lockdown isolation is a lonely affair, an idea emerged to create a small series of friends who would create company and warmth, a bit like Geppetto and Pinnochio. All pieces are made by hand by Letizia’s father, Gianni Caramia, who is a Tuscan artisan. The design came to life, as the duo worked in the workshop of Letizia’s father with leftover materials and scrapped iron. By welding, cutting and painting the material in a new way, the shapes started to emerge out of the scraps. The design, shape and texture spoke an immediate and kind language which had an almost childish quality that reflected the season and state of mind.
The bright and playful colours were inspired by imaginary flags, that the duo was imagining as way of travelling during the lockdown. The 1st result: “CAROLINO” a serving wagon designed to transport your breakfeast, lunch or dinner around your apartment or house. The stomach of the wagon can be used for storage, having 1 or 2 “SCARPETTE” stools or maybe even a line-up of drinks. When static and not in use, the wagon is thought as a mascot of the home. A friend in solitude. The 2nd result: “SCARPETTE”; a round wooden seat with three legs in solid iron pillar which has been powder coated. The buttom of each iron leg has then been cut, ipped and welded together to give the impression of a foot hence the title “SCARPETTE” - meaning small feet in Italian. The “SCARPETTE” stool & “CAROLINO” serving wagon are interior objects yes, but most and foremost, they are friends, in isolation or in freedom. The project was first presented at ALCOVA during Salone Del Mobile in Milan, 2021.