Ondã is the second edition of the Italia/Brazil project supported by Unhate Foundation; created and curated by Lilliana Basile, who has invited two international designers to co-create an object, by exchanging knowledge, languages and culture through the new means of communication. Designers Giorgio Bonaguro (Italia) and Zanini de Zanine (Brazil), great names of contemporary design, have been selected in order to dialogue together in this edition.
Their meeting has given life to a family of objects that tell about the sea, glass waves and tropical wood. A project working on one’s own motherland: Italian glass created by Milanese craftsmen and Brazilian Jacarandá, an extinct and heavy dark wood moulded in a community in Rio de Janeiro. The project will be presented during the Design Weekend in São Paulo at MADE, prestigious exhibition curated by Waldick Jatobá with design galleries, editors and world famous designers at Jockey Club in São Paulo.
And Rio de Janeiro, the “cidade maravilhosa”, is the stage that virtually hosts and inspires the birth of the project. Colours, sounds, tastes, of a white and powerful light. Through glass and wood, the designers talk of their being “viciados pelo mar” – addicted to the sea, the ocean and the beach, and inspired by the surfers in Ipanema, by the street traders, by the sunsets in Copacabana, by the white and black graphics on the sidewalks. Ondã plunges us into this imaginary world, displaying a family of three objects. The organic forms of Fluida, a tray, of Marina, a fruitholder, and of Baia, a vase, talk about the sea and through the wood and the glass they dialogue together, bringing with them their own culture and ethics in work. Both materials and the peculiar working technique are typical of the country where they come from, born from the constant dialogue between the designer and the craftsman; they are made by hand, and each of them is different, and signed by the two authors. he Italian part, curated by Giorgio Bonaguro, is in glass handmoulded in Milan (Vimercate). The three objects are born from the same material – glass - ,cut and shaped in a wavy form. The glass meets the wood in the Brazilian part designed by Zanini de Zanine: the Jacarandà, a type of extinct wood that is found in restored fazendas, is accustomed to playing with the sea and the organic movements, being densely impregnated: chocolate dark, thick and really heavy.
The project has been realized thanks to the Internet and the new technologies that make people closer and enable designers to work on the same object being physically miles away.
The corporate image by Andrea Basile with a communication that is tainted by the sea. The attempt is to plunge at an acoustic and emotional level, thanks to the onomatopoeia linked with the world of water and the creation of objects: the roar of the waves, the sound of the hammer on the wood, the surfers sleeping on the beach, the waterdrops on the wood.