As a fundamental part of his work, Marco Iannicelli provides the viewer with objects that arouse curiosity through his ability to mix and coexist with the environment over movement and interaction.
Hello, Marco! First of all, tell us more about yourself and how do you find your way into product design?
I grew in Germany, but am Italian and I studied in the Netherlands, in Maastricht. So I feel european rather than belonging to one country or another. I graduated in 2010 and since then I felt the urge to develop artistic design objects and furniture for my own.
And since then I pursue that path.
Your work it is related with movement and interaction. Which impact do you expect on others during the initial approach between spectator and object?
The application of a material in a non traditional way and the usage of movement or kinetic interaction creates curiosity. And if a person is curious about any of my products, then this is my door opener.
Curiosity is the inexplicable need to discover new things.
So far, what do you think it has been your most ambitious idea in terms of design exploration in general and why?
Nature and technique are important stylistic elements and the third element is my social critic approach. Everything I do is non an isolated thing but arises from a context which is social or cultural. Providing social criticism without being patronizing is kinda difficult. I tangle very important issues like consumerism. Which role do we play as consumers. Which role do I play as a designer jumping in exactly that train.
I already negotiated the problem of planned obsolescence in my student works (like the “man driven machine of self destruction” which is unpublished) and in my recent works. I successfully avoided the use of plastics since I started my creative career and still do. We discuss how to reuse plastic and what to do with our trash. But the best is to avoid plastic or polymers as much as possible. There are many applications where plastic is irreplaceable but it has become too comfortable to apply it and we use it everywhere now.
Let me say something about my most important work which is the ‘tree friend’ collection. I try to treat the resources with the utmost respect. Which is the tree. Using parts of fallen or cut down trees as a ready made and carefully treating them, documenting and processing them. I dry the branches several years before processing them. Each light gets a label with the botanic name of the donator tree and it’s original geological coordinates. I am creating the passion and value for an item that would not be noticed while it rots in a ditch or next to the road. And turning that profane thing into an item you desire in your own habitat. This is a very big step for me.
I am not saying I created a 100% eco friendly item but I do as far as I can control the process and the materials I use.
Do you have any key philosophies you always stand for?
This is a personal question. I already mentioned some ideas and principles that work for me. But I think, that there should be no real principles in design. The lack of principles must be filled in with creativity. That is what art and design is all about. Being extremely ornamental is a choice, being extremely reduced is a choice, being abstract is a choice. My taste is not a dogmatic approach to design for anyone but me. But it is a choice to agree with my taste and my principles.
I just hope and wish that the lack of principles that can be filled with everyone’s creativity is beneficial for our planet and thus also for us humans.
Who or what currently inspires you?
Nature and technical elements inspire me because somewhat they are honest and genuine. I am also open for other inspirations. Let’s see what the future offers.
Do you have any advice for the young designers and artist out there?
When everything is running smooth and in the way you want it, you feel like you do not need any advice. You only need advice, when things are not working out as you planned.
Being a creative who turns his talent into a profession made me understand that it is not always as romantic as you want it to be. It is ok, if you feel bad at times. It is ok if your principles and your taste stand in the way of creating something new. It is ok to be at war with what you love . It is ok do doubt who you are and what you do. I may advice to not judge what you do and who you are by the bad times.
We always seek validation in our environment, but as a person in general and also as a creative we have to build the foundation for the validation we seek outside in ourselves.
Photography: Mario Irrmischer
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