Nucleo is a Turin-based design collective led by Piergiorgio Robino. The studio was originally founded as a research-based collaborative of artists, selling ideas like Terra, an armchair “planted” in the earth and covered with grass, and now turned into an art furniture creator.
Today Nucleo focuses on objects, designing and manufacturing innovative furniture that calls to mind ancient cultures, geological processes, and natural phenomena. Working with resin and fiberglass, the studio creates distinctive pieces that sometimes look like fossils or crystals, or reference the ages of man in copper, bronze, and iron. Their innovative approach attracted the attention of footwear brand Marsèll Goccia, with whom they collaborated on a line of shoes sprayed with white polyurethane, in a process meant to evoke the randomness of a snowstorm.
Their furniture juxtaposes rough and polished materials, intended to mix the natural and the artificial.
Built up over several months, many of the resin pieces are broken apart and recast, or layered with different coloured pigments. The effects create aesthetic qualities similar to semi-precious stones. Many of their pieces comes in limited editions. The Resin Fossil are one of the pieces that uses translucent resin to create its frosted, ghostly presence.
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Nucleo’s design has been exhibited worldwide over the years: in Italy (Fondazione Re Rebaudengo, Turin, 2009), France (Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris 2004),
Belgium (Pierre Berge and Associates, Brussels, 2008), Spain (Marco Museum of Contemporary Art, Vigo, 2005 ), Germany (Gabrielle Ammann Gallery, Köln, 2013),
Brazil (Museu Nacional do Conjunto Cultural da República, Brasília, 2008), Denmark (ID Forum, Horsens, 2006)
and the United States (Carnegie Museum of Art, Carnegie 2004; Chelsea Art Museum, New York, 2004; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, 2003),
and in the most important art and design fairs: Design Miami Basel, PAD Paris, PAD London, PAD New York.
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