Designers Antonio Cagianelli
After "Vanitas" , the "Capricci " ,
after graffiti and tattoos, hieroglyphics and sphinxes; after spheres, pyramids.
This is the new expressive development program of Antonio Cagianelli, who - as Pierre Restany defined him - is "a poet who has chosen to express himself in three-dimensional form".
Cagianelli's poetics, a designer attentive to the continuous metamorphosis of reality, pours into his three-dimensional creations in the form of furniture, at other times jewellery, gifts and fashion accessories.
His is a discourse that does not speak of design or habitat in the strict sense, but of a personal vision of the world that his creations are sometimes invited to represent, a vision in which past and future are in direct communication, giving rise to works in which influences from archaic worlds and esoteric echoes coexist and blend in an analogical and mediumistic way with the cries of the contemporary metropolis, all expressed through a language with pop and surreal features.
Thus we pass from his famous "Transvital" chairs, shaped in the form of a skull, works to be considered as real three-dimensional Vanitas, to the new "Sphinx" chairs, which inexorably break into the new creative landscape of the designer with their message full of mystery and open question marks on our destiny.
In this context we can understand Cagianelli's allusion to Capricci, a pictorial genre based on nostalgic and imaginative compositions of elements from different chronological backgrounds: in a present that no longer has answers to our questions, we are searching in the past for a meaning and a strength that can help us survive the apocalypse of the contemporary world.