ISH by Matteo Fogale and Laetitia De Allegri
Waste fibres are mixed with resin binders to create three different sheet materials that look like luxury stone.
The duo have used three composite materials made by US company Iris Industries; Slate-ish is made from laminate that is tightly compressed then split and spliced to create slate-like sheets. Denimite, made from scrap denim fibres, and Marblus, made from white cotton/polyester, are bound by resin, then sanded to look like blue or white veined Carrara marble.
Lightweight and strong, the materials have been used to create simple shelving, seating, side tables and tableware.
About the designers: Born in Montevideo (Uruguay), Matteo Fogale moved to Italy in 2001 where he studied Industrial Design at IUAV University of Venice. After graduating he worked on a variety of projects, from high-end furniture, industrial product design and bespoke commissions pieces with studios like Patricia Urquiola,Nichetto and Partners, BarberOsgerby and MAP Project Office. In 2013 he established brose~fogale a London-based design studio working in the fields of interior and product design, bespoke furniture and installations led by a design approach that considers honest and premium materials, functionality and longevity of the product. Currently Matteo is freelancing as designer for a number of design studios including BarberOsgerby and MAP Project Office as well as working as tutor and part-time lecturer in different design schools across the UK.
Swiss-born Laetitia de Allegri has lived and worked in London since 2005. After graduating from ECAL in 2004 (Industrial/Product Design BA) she joined BarberOsgerby, where for six years she worked on projects for Flos, Magis, Sony, Vitra, Classicon, Adidas, Established & Sons and most recently the Olympic Torch. Since 2010 she has been freelancing, continuing to work with Barber Osgerby as well as forming new collaborations with Marc Newson, Tom Dixon and Alexander Taylor. Laetitia's work encompasses a diversity of applications from products and furniture, to interior projects both in private and public commissions.