Patricia Urquiola crafts ‘garden on the table’ porcelain collection for EDIT Napoli

Partnering with Royal Factory of Capodimonte and Italy’s Caselli Institute, Patricia Urquiola relinks 18th-century centrepieces with floral themes for the upcoming EDIT Napoli fair.

by Jerry ElengicalPublished on : Jun 18, 2021

Acclaimed Spanish architect and designer Patricia Urquiola has collaborated with Caselli Institute in Italy and Royal Factory of Capodimonte for the third edition of EDIT Napoli, set to be hosted between October 29-31, 2021.

Scheduled to be unveiled on the opening day of the fair, the collection titled 'garden on the table' has been developed around the theme of large centrepieces referencing 18th-century floral aesthetics and natural elements.

The three-day design fair at the monumental complex of San Domenico Maggiore in Naples revolves around the unique demographic of self-sufficient designer-maker-professionals and studios whose practices are rooted in both design and production. Alongside, EDIT Napoli also aims to act as a venue for discussions on matters of territory, traditions, institutions, and contemporary design.

EDIT Napoli, a three-day design fair will be hosted in the complex of San Domenico Maggiore in Naples | Patricia Urquiola | EDIT Napoli | STIRworld
EDIT Napoli, a three-day design fair will be hosted in the complex of San Domenico Maggiore in Naples Image: ©Elio Rosato

Launched in 2020, the joint venture between Urquiola and her collaborators is grounded in the revitalisation of ancient porcelain traditions, alongside one of Naple's premier purveyors of porcelain craftsmanship in the Royal Factory of Capodimonte. "I have visited the Capodimonte complex on several occasions, but for this project we have entered its imaginary undergrowth", says Urquiola in a press announcement.

Headquarters of the Royal Factory of Capodimonte and the Caselli Institute - collaborators on Urquiola’s collection | Patricia Urquiola | EDIT Napoli | STIRworld
Headquarters of the Royal Factory of Capodimonte and the Caselli Institute - collaborators on Urquiola’s collection Image © Istituto ad Indirizzo raro Caselli - Real Fabbrica di Capodimonte

The project is associated with MADE IN EDIT - a dedicated collection linked to the fair’s residency program, conceived by Emilia Petruccelli, director of EDIT Napoli, and its curator Domitilla Dardi. Additionally, the collaboration also involves the Caselli Institute, established back in the 1960s, which is now among the most prominent institutions in Naples, and by extension, Italy, dealing with the conservation of ceramic-related artisanal traditions. Located within the Real Bosco di Capodimonte nature preserve and park, the Caselli Institute is currently also driving innovation in the porcelain sector through experiments with unprecedented new techniques and forms.

(pictured)Collezione I Fiori from the Real Fabbrica di Capodimonte archives: Urquiola’s upcoming collaboration will reimagine large decorative 18th century centrepieces | Patricia Urquiola | EDIT Napoli | STIRworld
(pictured)Collezione I Fiori from the Real Fabbrica di Capodimonte archives: Urquiola’s upcoming collaboration will reimagine large decorative 18th century centrepieces Image: ©Istituto ad Indirizzo raro Caselli - Real Fabbrica di Capodimonte

The theme for Urquiola’s collection is heavily influenced by a host of plants and flowers in the cultural campus of the Real Bosco di Capodimonte that have enduringly sparked minds of students engaged in the study of porcelain artistry. Recounting the story that shaped the project, Urquiola says, "While visiting the school of the Royal Factory, we passed through a courtyard that was rather abandoned and dreaming of a real green intervention. This need has permeated our project.” In her view, this encounter infused itself into every facet of the collection.

She continues, “The installation freezes, as it was, a moment of the dream. A table-setting where the flowerbeds of the patio experience a mutation between forms and hybrid matters of plants, animals, minerals, and humans, in a happy but eclectic chain of metamorphosis… The project ends with a meeting around this different contemporary 'chemin de table', in which we participate in a lunch, a pure act of metamorphosis.”

(pictured)Collezione Volare nel bosco from the Real Fabbrica di Capodimonte archives: Urquiola views the new collection as a mutation between forms  of plants, animals, minerals, and humans | Patricia Urquiola | EDIT Napoli | STIRworld
(pictured) Collezione Volare nel bosco from the Real Fabbrica di Capodimonte archives: Urquiola views the new collection as a mutation between forms of plants, animals, minerals, and humans Image: ©Istituto ad Indirizzo raro Caselli - Real Fabbrica di Capodimonte

In forging connections between the master craftsmen at the Royal Factory of Capodimonte, its students, and the myriad designers attending this iteration of EDIT Napoli, the collection attempts to heighten the already grandiose standards of Capodimonte's porcelain workmanship through the exchange of ideas and knowledge between different peer groups. The fair will also conduct an auction whose proceeds will aid in restoring the school's internal garden, with the prototypes from the joint enterprise between Urquiola, Capodimonte, and the students of the Caselli Institute.

  • (pictured)Collezione Volare nel bosco  from the Real Fabbrica di Capodimonte archives: The upcoming collection is described as a moment in time frozen from within the collective dream of the project’s collaborators | Patricia Urquiola | EDIT Napoli | STIRworld
    (pictured)Collezione Volare nel bosco from the Real Fabbrica di Capodimonte archives: The upcoming collection is described as a moment in time frozen from within the collective dream of the project’s collaborators Image ©Istituto ad Indirizzo raro Caselli - Real Fabbrica di Capodimonte
  • (pictured)Collezione Volare nel bosco from the Real Fabbrica di Capodimonte archives: Urquiola's new collaboration seeks to heighten the already grandiose standards of Capodimonte's porcelain workmanship | Patricia Urquiola in Capodimonte for EDIT Napoli | STIRworld
    (pictured) Collezione Volare nel bosco from the Real Fabbrica di Capodimonte archives: Urquiola's new collaboration seeks to heighten the already grandiose standards of Capodimonte's porcelain workmanship Image ©Istituto ad Indirizzo raro Caselli - Real Fabbrica di Capodimonte

Besides dedicated enterprises to promote research and culture, EDIT Cult, a new initiative that creates a dialogue between the city of Naples and EDIT Napoli, will also be announced in July. The program, set to be held at some of the most vital sites of Neapolitan culture, will enliven the historic city centre in October, with exhibitions by stellar names including Martino Gamper, Andrea Anastasio, and Jaime Hayon

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