Antonio Aricò was born and raised in Calabria: an authentic, raw and colourful region in the south of Italy that is strongly influenced by the Mediterranean Sea. It is in the middle of this incredible natural setting that Antonio grew up surrounded by a creative, loving and passionate family.
After lengthy studies across different fields including Metal & Jewellery Design, Product Design and Traditional Furniture Design, and experience with various Design companies, Antonio opened his own studio in 2011. The following year he created his first collection: ‘Back Home’, in collaboration with his grandfather Nonno Saverio, a retired carpenter. This collection was shown during Milan Design Week 2012, and presented a unique approach to furniture design which combined Artcraft with Industrial design, a concept that had not been widely explored at the time. Antonio’s predilection to Artcraft and limited editions saw collaborations with Italian artisans in the creation of unique everyday objects. Aricò’s interest in traditional techniques and local operating practices combined with an attention to detail and the qualities of the materials used are characteristic of his practice and have become his signature.
The spontaneity in his gesture and the simplicity in execution of his personal work quickly brought Aricò to meet a parallel world in commercial design.
It is with this same creative process, determination and enthusiasm present in his personal collections that Antonio has approached projects made in collaboration with big Italians brands such as Barilla Group, Seletti, Alessi, Bialetti, Bitossi, Editamateria, Noberasco, Texturae.
The stories that are ever present and central to Antonio’s work are often intertwined with the people he has encountered during his travels, workshops, conferences and exhibitions. Both artisans and clients alike feed his imagination and affect the design process and outcome in an intimate way.
His distinctive style, warm understanding and expertise make for singular collections that are full of character, regardless of whether they are limited edition or mass produced, presenting a very personal experience encapsulated in unique artefacts that invite the user into Antonio’s emotional world.
text: Veronique Cellier