by Tino Valentinitsch
Rediscover, translate, reshape. Based on the premise that historical building materials are of special value, spolia. makes a point of misappropriating valuable materials and setting them in a contemporary context. In this way, spolia. harks back to an old cultural strategy of reusing architectural heritage and poses a unique challenge to designers. The result of this is limited editions of selected furniture and objects in which the historical structural elements take centre stage.
The material used for The Bolognese was salvaged from a villa in Bologna constructed around 1850. Valentinitsch‘ approach, which consisted of working with the special structures of a two-dimensional surface, produced a remarkable result. The polyhedrons that were produced are a reminiscent of the way in which geometry and perspective were handled with the dazzling camouflage of the First World War. They entice the observer and invite him to rearrange the objects. The Bolognese, which was intended to be used as either a side table or a stool, can be rotated and is striking not only as a single piece but also in an ensemble.