The collaboration between Mohamed and Laura with Elena was immediately very creative, intense and fruitful; new proposals and solutions gave the project unique and indescribable energy. Inspired by the theme of nature which begins in one form and then changes intoanother shape, such as a caterpillar which becomes a butterfly, the bench takes on an organic shape and the colours increase in intensity reflected in thecross-section, generating a poetic object that is continuously evolving, a sort of monument to change, to rebirth and to life.
Elena Salmistraro is an artist and designer who lives and works in Milan. Her work is the result of a fascinating combination of art and design, always characterized by the greatest attention to detail, in a scrupulous quest for the harmony of shapes. Her projects are permeated with a strong poetic component and a highly expressive language, which aims to emotionally involve the onlooker. She works as a designer and illustrator for many leading companies in the creative industry and collaborates with important art and craft galleries. Laura Carraro and Mohamed Chabarik are master mosaicists in their picturesque workshop and store, in the centre of Udine. After training in nearby Spilimbergo, at the School of Mosaicists of Friuli, they create works in mosaic for artistic research and on commission, produce collections of design pieces and a line of jewellery, objects for furnishings and projects for architecture, such as panels for walls and floors. The mosaics are handcrafted using particular techniques, tools and materials.