Within the spaces of SECONDOME, the designer duo presents for their solo exhibition “ROCK IT!” curated by Maria Cristina Didero, a selection of the most significant projects developed in recent years, and two new works commissioned by Claudia Pignatale, founder of the gallery – and created for the occasion: Rocker n°1 & Rocker n°2. With these Rockers, Lanzavecchia + Wai demonstrate how children’s play, through a sophisticated design process, can be transformed into refined grown-up objects with meaning and intent.
These two objects combine skillful craftsmanship with serial production and highlight the heart of the interest that animates the work of the two designers.
Lanzavecchia + Wai point out: “Lightness is an oxymoron and a moving goal always beyond our grasp. If lightness is a dream it inevitably recalls the most ineffable of the inconsistencies: the wonderful time dedicated to the industrious, and at the same time lazy, play-game. To give substance/body to the lightness we asked the help of the Laws of Physics: Dynamics. The result, ironically enough to be playful, is the encounter between steel – the material emblematic of solidity – and one of the most beloved childhood icons.
We can play “cowboy” as suggested by the material used for saddles, and so smile and be light (smile in a lighter way). Eventually, the call of the time will convince you to come back to earth, transforming the rocker into a bench with its purpose-built stoppers.
Is this a sculpture? The strength of the iron leaves no room for doubt. But it is a light sculpture. Indeed, very light. As light as the memory of the children. ”