For A Second Life, an exhibition by Matter Of Stuff at Sketch London, Matteo Fogale and stylist and costume designer Emma Archer drew inspiration from traditional tailoring techniques and couture details while using repurposed wooden dowels as both the base structure and the interior of a screen. Using leftover fabrics donated by Kvadrat, the Papillon Screen features an organic shape made from repeated segments. Here, the dowels are used as structural elements hidden beneath the fabric while also giving the material its pattern and shape. This design measures 210 x 50 x 200 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.