Andrea Salvetti

Designer Saltocchio / Italy

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Andrea Salvetti
Andrea Salvetti (born in Lucca, Italy, 1967), first attended the local art-based high school and then pursued studies in architecture, terminating those studies at age 20 to open his first craft workshop. Strongly influenced by the early rough and hand-made iron works of Ron Arad, a fellow ‘maker’, more ‘blacksmith’ than ‘sculptor’, and by the ‘artisan’ approach to design adapted by conceptual artist/designers such as Gaetano Pesce, Salvetti’s own developing lyrical approach to design, executed primarily in metal and wood, evolved further when he met the brilliant craftsman Guido Cristofani. Setting up a studio in the former convent where Cristofani (whom Salvetti describes as a restorer by occupation, but also a poet) lives and works, Salvetti studied and learned, extensively experimenting with all types of wood, glues, paints, and handlabor craft techniques. Beginning in 1996, Salvetti applied his figurative approach, encompassing animals, creatures and most forms found in nature, to a particularly difficult technique of working in aluminum - lost-wax casting - which soon became his hallmark. Shortly thereafter, beginning a long and fruitful collaboration with the Milanese design gallery Dilmos, Salvetti created his Monozoo, Sottobosco, and Terra Terra collections, as well as Ortofrutta, shown here at Moss.
Andrea Salvetti
Andrea Salvetti
  • Address Via Nazionale 180, 55100 Saltocchio | Italy

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Andrea Salvetti (born in Lucca, Italy, 1967), first attended the local art-based high school and then pursued studies in architecture, terminating those studies at age 20 to open his first craft workshop. Strongly influenced by the early rough and hand-made iron works of Ron Arad, a fellow ‘maker’, more ‘blacksmith’ than ‘sculptor’, and by the ‘artisan’ approach to design adapted by conceptual artist/designers such as Gaetano Pesce, Salvetti’s own developing lyrical approach to design, executed primarily in metal and wood, evolved further when he met the brilliant craftsman Guido Cristofani. Setting up a studio in the former convent where Cristofani (whom Salvetti describes as a restorer by occupation, but also a poet) lives and works, Salvetti studied and learned, extensively experimenting with all types of wood, glues, paints, and handlabor craft techniques. Beginning in 1996, Salvetti applied his figurative approach, encompassing animals, creatures and most forms found in nature, to a particularly difficult technique of working in aluminum - lost-wax casting - which soon became his hallmark. Shortly thereafter, beginning a long and fruitful collaboration with the Milanese design gallery Dilmos, Salvetti created his Monozoo, Sottobosco, and Terra Terra collections, as well as Ortofrutta, shown here at Moss.