Elena Salmistraro is an artist and product designer, who lives and works in Milan. She graduated from the Polytechnic University of Milan in 2008 and founded her own studio together with architect Angelo Stoli in 2009, where she has been working as a product designer and artist / illustrator ever since.
Her creations are the result of a combination of art and design; which are characterised by a poetic style, the utmost care for details and a painstaking search for harmony in shapes.
One of her main objectives is to explore the relationship between different mediums of the visual arts and expressive languages in order to fascinate people and evoke their emotions.
These ape-like vases in saturated hues are part of Elena Salmistraro’s latest collections presented in Paris for Bosa called “Primates”. This set of fine ceramic vases has been created to remind us of the delicate relationship between men and apes.
The collection is comprised of 6 pieces, which were showcased at Maison et Objet, referencing three different breeds of apes: the mandrill, belonging to the family of African Cercopithecidae; the golden monkey, Cercopithecus Kandti, belonging to the family of African Cercopithecidae; and Debrazza’s Monkey, also belonging to the family of African Cercopithecidae.
Ape is the only animal that evokes man in body shape, expressions and movements. This powerful similarity to men is what makes it fascinating, and what inspired the creation of these vases.
Khepri is a vessel in the shape of Egyptian scarab that has been awarded a sacred status by various cultures in different ages. Made from fine ceramic and decorated with a mix of glossy and matte glazes as well as precious metals, this vessel represents a piece of spiritual component from past cultures with its symbolic and ritual value.
Khepri represents the Egyptian scarab – the symbol of eternal rebirth, man’s constant evolution through the free soul’s reincarnations. In a modern context, the scarab enters the home as a vessel intended to guard the things we love most, a special home for our most precious possessions. This vessel takes an artistic natural appearance to become a memory keeper reminding us of the close relationship we had with the past.
BERNARDO THE PANDA
This panda sculpture in pastel green hues is a part of Elena Salmistraro’s latest collections presented in Paris for Bosa in 2020. This fine ceramic sculpture has been created as the international symbol of all endangered species (it’s no coincidence that it’s also the icon of the WWF).
In this sculpture, this cute and often lazy bear stands proudly on his hind legs. A sort of armour, the crown of leaves and branches of his favourite food, bamboo, turn him into a hero ready to fight to defend all other animals.
The unique decorations of this ceramic piece – with its alternating hues, 3D inserts and refined shiny and matt finishes – make it a fascinating character that inspires the imagination and reminds us how vital it is to save our planet.
Available at Micucci Interiors which offers an exclusive range of designer home accessories, lighting and fine art. Although they tend to specialise in accessories, they sometimes incorporate very special and unique pieces to their collection, resulting in an eclectic mix rather than a uniform style. They travel around Europe and the rest of the world to source exciting new pieces that regularly add to their collection.
Micucci Interiors allows you to add interesting pieces to your interiors, teaming the elegant with the unusual. Their choices are dictated by spontaneous attraction to shapes and colours as much as knowledge of design. They draw our inspiration from famous designers and artists from around the world, which helps us to put together the range of carefully curated pieces.
Micucci Interiors is an independent company, that provides an individual approach to every order by building a personal relationship with all our new and existing clients. They work closely with all of our artists to achieve and deliver the best possible product. Over the past years, Micucci Interiors maintained a friendly and personal relationship with all affiliated artists, who always go that extra mile to support their clients, offering a first-class service at all time.