From outer Space is the design initiative under which Anna Paola Buonanno and Piergiorgio Italiano sign their collaborative practice.
FOS produces spaces, set designs and installations through an understanding of contemporary social, economic and aesthetic issues and the valorization of the context; other activities include art direction, online publications and book design.
FOS investigates the role of design in the “Era of crisis” through research, assignments and partecipatory practices, such as workshops and collective self-initiated projects. The studio process is intended to bring design to its essential meaning, as a antidote to today’s material and formal excesses.
Anna Paola and Piergiorgio took part in several workshops in Italy and abroad; in 2016 they were in residency at VIR Viafarini-in-residence, Milano.
Anna Paola Buonanno (Napoli, 1986) graduated with honors in Architettura degli Interni at La Sapienza, Roma.
In 2012 she obtained a Master's Degree in Interior Design at Politecnico di Milano with a thesis on the regeneration of Auletta, a town in Southern Italy.
During the academic years she collaborated with altrostudio – Anna Rita Emili, Alessandra Salaris and MadernaTrovato.
She was assistant curator of Angela Rui for Operae 2015, an independent design festival in Turin.
Currently she is teaching assistant at Scuola di Architettura & Design at Politecnico di Milano, within Laboratorio di Metaprogetto held by Massimo Antinarelli and Arte & Design held by Matteo Pirola.
She is consulting design editor for Icon Design, Mondadori Editore.
Piergiorgio Italiano (Lanciano, 1983) studied Design in Firenze, Milano and Göteborg, and Typography at CFP Bauer, Milano. He graduated with honors at Università degli studi di Firenze, in 2007, and at Politecnico di Milano, in 2010.
Since 2010 he works as indipendent in the field of design. In 2014 he was awarded with the First Prize at the Embassy of Nordic Countries (Berlin) within REcall competition, promoted by Politecnico di Milano with the support of the Culture Programme of the European Union.
He is assistant of Design Methodologies and Interior design at NABA – Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti Milano.
2016Fahreneit 39 – VI ed. catalogue
2015Recoded City: Co-creating Urban Futures
2014Architettura e campagna, seminario a Solofra
2013ADI design index 2013
2012Cambio di scena. La scenografia teatrale, architettura tra realismo e attrazione
2014Representing a project
2013Thresholds. Learn to design through the practice of cataloging
2012Ways to communicate design
Awards / Prizes
2015LOST but not least open call
2014REcall Project competition
2013Epidemic Happiness - Street Furniture Contest promoted by Desall and FARM Cultural Park
2012Co/A, le tue idee abitano qui competition promoted by Regione Campania and Progetto Rena
2011Milano Design Camping international competition promoted by Politecnico di Milano and Triennale di Milano, with the support of ADI – Associazione per il Disegno Industriale
2016On domesticity #1
2014Primitive future office
2013Maak youw theater!
2009Visioner och utveckling
2007Your festival, young artists from Florence
2005Fa la casa giusta
Stando così, le cose, 2017; Book design
Studio—H, 2017; Visual identity for a design studio, Dubai (AE)
Cani Sciolti III, 2016; A collaborative calendar, Risograph printed on Favini Crush paper 120 g/m2 03
P18, ongoing; Interior renovation and a staircase connecting three stories
Sedimenta, 2016; Proposal for the valorisation of the environmental, material and intangible heritage of the Cilento National Park / with Gisto and Fabio Cappello [competition, finalist]
On domesticity #1, 2016; A project with Laetitia Badaut Haussmann curated by Simone Frangi and produced by Viafarini and Terzopiano [workshop]
CSKM, 2016; Proposal for Caferaǧa Spor ve Kültür Merkezı, Istanbul / with Noname studio, Raul Valvasori [competition, not retained]
Cani Sciolti II, 2015; A collaborative calendar, Risograph printed on Favini Remake paper 120 g/m2 03
Re-printed, 2015; Research
Mestieri domani, 2015; Graphics
Royal Romanza, 2015; Book design for Delfino Sisto Legnani made in occasion of Book Machine at Peep-hole, Milano
Bauhaus, 2015; Exhibition design
MRSN, 2015; Interior renovation of the Natural Science Museum of Torino / with Forestieri Pace Pezzani [competition, not retained]
Trionfo di luce, 2015; Proposal for Santa Rosa / with Forestieri Pace Pezzani, Ludovica Niero [competition, not retained]
Tribuna politica, 2015; Research on political spaces 04
Binariodue, 2015; Identity for a bistrot in Salerno
Cani Sciolti I, 2014; A collaborative calendar, offset printed on Favini Crush paper 120 g/m2 03
Sanofi, 2014; Visions for the headquarters of a pharmaceutical company [workshop]
Post-landscape, 2014; Research on post-demolition materials
Terranova, 2014-ongoing; Identity and more for an agriturismo
Amanda, 2014-ongoing; Interior renovation of an attic
Ritorneraj, 2013; A souvenir from the ruins [competition, not retained]
LoWaste, 2013; [workshop]
BCDA, 2013; Web design and development
Valle dei laghi, 2013; Map design [undelivered]
Prosecco & Pop Corn, 2013; Web design and development
Geronimo, 2013; Stage design for a festival [competition, not retained]
10. A chess problem, also called a chess composition, is a puzzle set by somebody using chess pieces on a chess board, that presents the solver with a particular task to be achieved. For instance, a position might be given with the instruction that White is to move first, and checkmate Black in two moves against any possible defense. A person who creates such problems is known as a composer.
We were called by Francesco Valtolina to design a booth for Mousse Publishing at MiArt fair 2016. We had absolute freedom but precise logistical and economical needs. We thus decided to build a large surface without the use of tools (hammers, screwdrivers etc..) but only with three simple steps: the positioning of the trestles, the overlap of several materials, the fixing of the latter thanks to some clamps.
Between the two plywood layers we used a few copies of the latest issue of Mousse magazine, so as to give strength to the composition and obtain two different exposure levels: the higher was the true and proper display, the lowest served as a storehouse for the extra copies of the books. The edition on display was in perfect correspondence with those below.
09. Food is the expression of the ancient human culture and among many reasons it assumes importance also for his symbolic-aggregative aspect.
Ultra:fine is a stale bread bar inside the Kortrijk fair; it does not have a unique reading sense, it’s a flexible and permeable space which you can enter from anywhere. A thin weaved curtain marks the circular perimeter and at the same time acts as a filter between the outside (with its hectic stands) and the inside (with its calm space). The table inside Ultra:fine are designed ad hoc and they differ for the grain that composes them: they are made with a mixture of concrete and red bricks; depending on the finishing obtained from the bricks, the surfaces are colored in shades of red and white with different results.
This play of textures, grains and transparencies refers to a rural world where bread can satiate everyonw with just little and that’s why it should never be thrown and, although stale, with great creativity and many different instruments, you can reinvent it in simple and tasty recipes.Ultra:fine tells and pass on this tradition, not only with its spatial composition, but also through the food that is consumed inside.
08. Some plant samples from a typical Milanese courtyard are analyzed, acquiring their image through a flatbed scanner. An error, a friction between Nature and the machine automatically appeared.
We printed the deconstructed results with a Risograph duplicator. 7 different attempts, each one edition of 5.
07. In a natural World, species survival is linked to the capability to adapt oneself to environmental conditions. The ability to make mistakes, to remember hopes and dead ones, to change the landscape, made humanity remain on Planet Earth beyond our biological destiny. And learning is the specific strategy of the humankind.
What if culture and skills learned so far are put into crisis? How a today’s man would live in absence of technology?
Ground Zero is a series of (individual or group) experiments that connects man to the natural context:
I. Development of survival strategies through basic design, intended as primary activities (environment);
II. Life experience and testing of elementary and complex construction techniques as collective DIY time (us);
III. Development of individual creative abilities (me).
Ground Zero is connected with the outside world – a live streaming guarantees the communication – opening doors to new processes in a reset logic of any filter; it’s therefore a starting point.
06. Mestieri Domani is a curatorial project in collaboration with Associazione Irpinia mia, born from the research by Margherita Cioria on the traditional crafts of the area of Trevico (Antichi mestieri della Baronia di Vico, Mariangela Cioria and Patrizia Pizzulo, 2005; Mestieri Domani, Mariangela Cioria, 2015), the oldest and highest town of “Baronia”, a region of Irpinia, Campania.
The exhibition, hosted in Palazzo Scola from August 8th to September 21th 2015, aims to offer a parallel between folklore and reinterpretation of design and traditional techniques, showing projects by young italian designers such as Walter Giovanniello, Sovrappensiero Design Studio, Bhumi Ceramica, Alessandro Gnocchi and Luca Spagnolo, Sud Collective, Antonella Di Luca and others. The project was later moved to Casina del Principe, Avellino in the beginning of 2016.
05. A process that investigates the intrinsic meaning of the carpet. Carpet Combine is made using recycled and low cost carpets, through a process of reading, deconstruction and interpretation. The cut generates a freed space, reveals its complexity without missing the deeper meaning of this ancient artifact. CC01, the first prototype, was presented at Design Resistente – Spazio MIL, Sesto San Giovanni (Italy) during Milan Design Week 2015.
04. Tribuna politica is a research on spaces hosting italian political and cultural debate, through historical changes of the media.
03. Cani Sciolti is a joint venture, which results in an editorial project aiming to produce unpublished works in a limited edition.
It was estabilished in 2014 by Anna Paola Buonanno, Enrico Forestieri, Piergiorgio Italiano to produce an illustrated calendar, inspired by Smithson’s greeting cards and an old agenda with drawings by Ettore Sottsass found through the corridors of a secondhand bookfair.
With a situationist and sometimes pop approach, Cani Sciolti collects and matches works coming from different disciplines to create unique projects accompanying the everyday life, while making unexpected collaborations.
Today we’re still barking...
«Mi piacerebbe trovare un posto dove provare, insieme, a fare cose con le mani o con le macchine, in qualunque modo, non come boy-scouts e neanche come artigiani e neanche come operai e ancora meno come artisti, ma come uomini con braccia, gambe, mani, piedi, peli, sesso, saliva, occhi e respiro, e farle, non certo per possedere cose e tenerle per noi e neanche per darle agli altri, ma per provare a farle, provare come può essere che ognuno può fare cose, altre cose, con mani o macchine – che ne so – ecc. ecc. Si potrà provare?» Ettore Sottsass Jr.
Architettura per la campagna is a design workshop in the south of Italy to design visionary and essential architectures in the country, restoring the balance between man and nature. Four days in an “agriturismo” to build some simple structures closely connected with nature, animals and agriculture.
Architettura per la campagna 01 was attended by Flavia Andolfi, Federico Archidiacono, Edda Bracchi, Fabio Cappello, Lorenzo D’Apuzzo, Luigi De Feo, Anna Linda De Rosa, Enrico Forestieri, Walter Giovanniello, Alessandro Gnocchi, Emilio Lonardo, Liviano Marella, Matteo Nativo, Michele Pandolfelli, Eleonora Picariello, Domenico Rescigno, Rossella Siani, Federica Vita.
In collaboration with Terranova agriturismo, Gaia Conserva società semplice, REAL falegnameria with the support of Ordine degli Architetti della Provincia di Avellino and Legambiente, Solofra.
01. Set design for Prosecco & Pop Corn, a series of video-screenings in an art gallery, conceived by Chiara Buzzi, curated by Fabrizio Bellomo and produced by Galleria Giovanni Bonelli.
The space has been divided in two areas by large curtains, made of a material used for construction purposes, which welcomes visitors at the entrance as a magic wall. This has allowed us to create a bright entrance area, thanks to the reflective wall panels, that hides another room, more intimate and dark, used for video projections.
The seats for the spectators were recovered from an old cinema and adapted for the occasion, with the addition of wooden supports that ensure stability. Finally, the wooden boxes used to transport works of art have been reused to create spaces for socialization.