Italian architect and artist Lorenzo Palmeri carries out design projects in many different fields such as architecture, interior and product design, art direction, music production and composition. In addition to his architectural education, the artist also studied music and composed compositions for theater performances, films and certain events. Palmeri, who is one of the rare international designers with an extremely broad background, likens designing an object to composing a musical piece, with each piece’s autonomy, recognizability due to their language, and value in their own right. Palmeri, who has also been an academician since 1997, has organized many conferences in Italy and abroad and won many international awards by participating in personal and collective design exhibitions. The artist, who was nominated as the “Italian Design Ambassador” for Italian Design Day in 2017, has created many different designs from houses, guitars, lamps, tables to chocolate.
Aiming to emphasize sound, one of the least known and applied aspects of natural stone, the dynamic sculpture series “Gerico” consists of three marble walls. In “Gerico”, an installation where lines, grooves and bumps follow each other in a pattern created by sensitive sound frequencies, different colors, materials and textures come together in a physical symphony that aims to surpass the priority of sight by enhancing the senses of hearing and touch. The design, in which the strong expression of the material is at the forefront and placing the visitors at the center, comes to life only when interacting with the visitors. Contrary to the phrase “Architecture is frozen music”, as Goethe said, in the design stone is voiced with a human touch. Thanks to his original approach, in accordance with the musical research embodied in the design, Palmeri took the material beyond the limits of the visible.
Living Stone brings quartz and marble to life as “living stone” with life-size sculptures in animal forms, each of which consists of natural stone slabs. A tribute to the courage and strength of explorers and experimenters, the design symbolizes a fairy tale set in the complex scenario of a forest where King Rhino lives. The small and large animal interpretations in the series, designed with quartz stone and marble, aim to involve the public in a physical experience that puts the public in direct contact with the material in a “no touching” area.
The artist expresses his works in the Moai collection, which he produced with marble materials, as a space actor devoted to the threshold between sound and silence. These vases, which are also wind chimes, can be played with the wind or with a mallet. Although the works in the Moai collection, each of which is different from each other in terms of color, size and sound, are created from the pieces of red-colored waste obtained during the processing of marble and surrender to the limits of the process, thanks to the unique character of the natural stone, each piece makes it possible to discover sounds with unique characteristics.
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