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2012

In Exhibitions

NEW YORK CITY, BOFFO SHOW HOUSE

On 12, mag 2012 | In Exhibitions

New York City, May-June 2012: Boffo Show House exhibition of design, and installation work in Interior
Design is presented through four themes. These themes include Nature, Play, Work, and Future. The goal of these themes is to allow BOFFO to investigate the boundaries of contemporary life and the compartmentalization of urban living while questioning standards of interior design. These themes are representative of what is western, holistic, living, and what aspects of life are important to healthy and happy lives.
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Antonio Pio Saracino’s work was included in the Boffo Show House Exhibition in the room Future where it was featured his Egg Shelves bookcase, and in the room Play where it was featured his Clover chair.

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The Egg Shelves is an egg-shaped sculptural bookcase, and it is composed with a system of vertical and horizontal shelves. All the pieces have different profiles and are assembled together in the perfect shape of a seamless curved volume. The Egg Shelves is made using lightweight MDF with a lacquer finish and available in many different colors.

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The Clover Chair offers a visually bold look that is particularly welcoming – harmonious and balanced with curved lines and casual elegance.

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The clover-shaped lounge is extremely light, made with rubber foam and finished with a special coating in any color for outdoor use. The three clover-petals composing the body of the lounge chair are hollow to allow easy movement.

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BOFFO Show House is showcasing installations of art, furniture and decor in an attempt to redefine the possibilities of the interior space. Housed in The Madison Jackson building in the Lower East Side, the show brings together artists, architects, designers, product manufacturers and galleries who jointly assembled four unique, bi-level apartment spaces under the themes of Nature, Future, Play and Work. The collaborative works in each space of the show house are essentially experiments in living, pressing the boundaries of contemporary arrangement. Peering into the Nature apartment, the space looks more like the entrance to a forest. Furry furniture and wooden benches sit amidst photographs of eerie landscapes. As you move into the individuals rooms within the space, you wander from woodlands all the way to an underwater scene with coral sculptures and stone furniture. The deep earthy tones of the Nature unit sit in direct contrast to the splashes of neon color and monochrome patterns of the Future apartment, which is equipped with digital artwork and Swarovski chandeliers. The main Future space features four-dimensional hyperspace projections underneath 17 ft. ceilings, and the bedroom is almost entirely virtual, perhaps poking fun at the suggestion that sleep will not be necessary in some future reality. The last two apartments — Work and Play — also represent opposite imaginations, despite many companies’ efforts to combine the two. Visitors moving through Play can ascend a rubberband stairwell installation, be mesmerized by floating balloon lights, and contemplate whether or not to step on the swirling slime floor. The upper floor appears as though its a teenager’s mall punk bedroom, complete with a heavy metal t-shirt bed spread and anime murals. Walking into Work on the other hand is like setting foot in a real-life Tetris game. Sharp edges and a green and metallic color scheme betray the conventional office space constellation, yet evoke images of a calm-yet-industrial metropolis. From start to finish, BOFFO Show House is an intense tour of alternative interior arrangements that celebrate innovative designers. “ The Huffington Post  |  By Katherine Brooks