Designed by Antonio Aricò in 2018, Nirù is a small wooden puppet—a charm to keep and hang. Handcrafted in ebony wood and hand-painted by the designer, the boy figure holds a brass olive branch and references Southern Italian folklore. Like many of Aricò's designs in wood, Nirù is made by his grandfather in Southern Italy. Measuring 26 cm long, it's available as a small batch open edition made to order.
Aricò is an artist, designer, and creative director, born into a family of woodworkers in the Calabria region of Italy. After earning a double degree from the Politecnico di Milano, he went on to earn an MA that combined art, craft, and design around the theme of Design & Tradition.
In 2011, he launched his own interdisciplinary studio, based in both Milan and his hometown in Calabria, where he explores the boundaries of craft, self-production, and industrial design while working for international companies, private collectors, and cultural institutions. Clients include Barilla Group, Alessi, Seletti, Bitossi, Noberasco, Texturae, Editamateria, Altreforme, Designboom, and Triennale di Milano. In 2017, he accepted the role of Art Director for Bialetti.