In Feburary 2015 Antonio Aricò was one of a select group of Italian Designers invited to participate in the Design Boomart exhibition held in Stockholm.
Selected by the Triennale Design Museum of Milan and ICE, the Italian Trade Agency, the Designers were asked to present and sell little objects for a maximum price of 100 euros. Antonio thought that it was the right occasion to repurpose four pieces from his cultural heritage. Drawing inspiration from the simple, casual objects that are always hanging on the walls of his Grandfather’s kitchen, Aricò designed ‘OLDWAYS: a little wooden collection’ consisting of a set of simple wooden utensils created in a basic way.
The items designed for this collection were created by two souls: Antonio’s ‘drawings’ and his Grandfather’s ‘handwork’, which brings a certain story to this family of objects, an identity strongly connected to a Mediterranean imaginary based on the words ‘purity’ and ‘imperfection’.
For Antonio, there is a strong link between the south of Italy and Sweden or Northern Europe: a strong affection for nature and the will to return to simple things; a sense of light, pureness and spontaneity!