01. An organic designer by Antonella Bondi

Antonella Bondi, architect, has lived with Vittorio Dassi’s pieces, for years with the lines and shapes, the energy released by his rosewood, the regal green or red marble, and the warmth of those brass details.
A generosity of materials that in architecture reminds me of an architect I loved from the first moment I saw one of his works: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater House in Pittsburgh, which blends into the woods of Pennsylvania. Frank Lloyd Wright’s organic architecture is based on the idea that architecture must be in harmony with its surroundings and with nature itself, creating spaces that integrate perfectly with the landscape and respond to human needs.
The same as it was for Vittorio Dassi to design and produce a piece of furniture or an armchair or a piece of furniture

What do you mean by organic designer?

If we take up the definition of Eliot Noyes, curator of the exhibition with an analogical name, at the MOMA in New York, we define organic design: designing objects that place structure, material and function in perfect harmony, just like in nature.

It is precisely Nature that seems to have been the true inspiration for Vittorio Dassi, who appears to have been in the company of Antonio Gaudí during those countless walks from which the Architect Gaudí then took inspiration for the ribbing, sinuous lines, softness of gesture that we still admire today in his architecture.

While the last phase of designer, Vittorio Dassi seems to take up the basic concept of one of the exponents of the Modern Movement, the architect Mies Van der Rohe “Less is More” (less is more or less is better) has ancient origins. Less is more has ancient origins, coined by the ancient Greek philosopher Chilon of Sparta: “Το λακωνίζειν εστί φιλοσοφείν

The term, so well known today as to be practically viral, was considered a great revolution in the 1930s and 1940s, a break with the times in which it was believed that, in the case of large architectural works, one had to comply with a principle of opulence and apparent complexity of the arts in general.

As an immersive sensory designer, I have created an immersive experience for Vittorio Dassi ’30s, ’50s and ’60s and the present day- so with the furniture there will also be fragrances and maybe even a soundtrack….

Architecture has always stood out from other art forms because it plays a functional as well as an aesthetic role, obviously offering, but also shaping our everyday experiences. Architecture also leaves monuments to moments in time.