Designed in collaboration with MUAR, Matteo Fogale's Americana Dresser (2018) is inspired by a shelf detail found in a drawing by Uruguayan architect Julio Vilamajó for his La Americana Confectionery of 1944. The element taken from the drawing was the form and not the function,an aerodynamic, curved shape that echoes the Streamline Moderne style that was popular in 1940s.
Fogale's design features a body in Elm Burl wood veneer with brass hardware. The handmade ceramic trays were inspired by the fountain at Vilamajó house and the ceramic ornaments he used in his projects that were made in collaboration with artist Antonio Pena. The mirrored glass surface plays with the magic of the see-through. This design measures 110 x 47 x 152 cm. It is a one-of-a-kind.
Based in London, Fogale specializes in furniture and product design, as well as interiors, installations, and creative and strategic consultancy. Driven by an approach that favors honest and premium materials, functionality, and longevity, his work is a combination of everyday objects reinterpreted with a strong iconic character.
Fogale was born in Montevideo (Uruguay) and moved to Italy in 2001. He studied at the Art School Leonardo da Vinci followed by IUAV University of Venice. After graduating he worked on a wide variety of projects with design studios like Patricia Urquiola, Nichetto & Partners, Barber Osgerby, and MAP Project Office.
In 2013, he established his own brand brose~fogale in collaboration with designer Joscha Brose, designing, producing, and distributing the Camerino Collection. In 2014, he launched a new collection of furniture and products in collaboration with designer Laetitia de Allegri, which was awarded a Wallpaper Design Award in 2015.
Since 2018, Matteo has expanded his ever-growing body of work with a series of new collaborations, including an exhibition and collection of furniture pieces designed together with seven Uruguayan design studios and launched at Aram Gallery in London. He lectures at several schools: Ravensbourne, UAL, Central Saint Martins, Bath Spa University, and London Art Portfolio.
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