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    Etamorph – Enrico Tognoni

    Etamorph – Enrico Tognoni

    1. Where were you born and where are you from ?

    Italy. Born and raised in the north of Tuscany. Where the marble quarries of Carrara are located.

    2. What is your first memory connected to the art world ?

    The complexity of the drape in La Pieta’ of Michelangelo.

    3. Have you always worked in the art/design field ?

    Yes, but started as an architect.

    4. What led you to the design creation ?

    The process was gradual and started during my architecture studies in Pisa (Italy). At first was shaping the space then from building to interiors to objects. The jump of scale was natural and inevitable, fed over the last few years by the reconnection with my roots. The rediscovery of the world of marble fabrication/craftsmanship in Carrara played a crucial role.

    5. How would you describe your creative process and it influences ?

    I approach my work with a deep commitment to the exploration of the interaction between technology and craftsmanship, knowing that each piece will move through many hands during its process of creation, and that it will be infused with the energy coming from this collective effort.

    Central to my beliefs as a designer is a reverence for craftsmanship—a convergence of art and engineering. In my work, creation is a very powerful moment. Matter and ideas coalesce to create a profound sensorial experience. In this process, the relationship between material, form and craft has a crucial role.

    6. Could you describe a typical day of your work ?

    There is not really a daily routine. There are days in which I will set everything aside to put down ideas that have been fermenting in my head for a while and days in which I am more focused on business and technical tasks. I always leave my creativity free to interrupt whatever I am doing.

    There is always a lot of coordination with workshop and suppliers in Italy. Making sure that commissions, projects and prototypes move forward smoothly is very time-consuming because the figures involved and the obstacles are many.

    7. Why did you choose the specific materials you work with ?

    I don’t work with only one material but over the last couple of years I deeply focused on natural stones with a particular interest in monolithic pieces. The connection to my hometown ans mountains where I grew up are the main reasons. A sort of re-discovery of my roots and the local craftsmanship.  

    8. What are the technical particularities of your creations ?

    In my creations, craftsmanship and cutting-edge technologies contribute equally to achieving the final result. Advanced robotic milling and CNC machining allow me to bring the material characteristics to the limit while traditional working methods like hand fishing give the final product a sense of craftsmanship not possible with technology. In this delicate balance, my works find uniqueness.

    9. What advices could you give to beginning artists who would like to create sculptural design works ?

    Meaning is much more important than design trends. In an age like this where technology allows to achieve what was impossible a few years ago and social media awards whatever is more appealing at first sight it is very easy to get lost in design trends and meaningless exercises of style. Meaning is what keeps focus a designer on in its path of growth.

    10. If your works had to belong to a design movement, in which one would you define it ?


    11. What designers and artists have influenced you ?

    Carlo Scarpa

    12. What contemporary designers do you appreciate ?

    Mark Newson

    13. What contemporary artists (in any kind of art) have you been inspired by ?

    Isamu Noguchi, Alberto Burri and Donald Judd

    14. If you had to summarize your creations in one word or sentence, what would it be ?

    Never complete

    Proust Questionnaire with very short answers (one or a few words) :
    (The Proust Questionnaire is a set of questions answered by the French writer Marcel Proust. Other historical figures who have answered confession albums are Oscar Wilde, Karl Marx, Arthur Conan Doyle, Stéphane Mallarmé, Paul Cézanne…)

    1. What is your idea of perfect happiness?


    2. What is your greatest fear?


    3. What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?


    4. What is the trait you most deplore in others?


    5. Which living person do you most admire?

    I don’t see today great models to follow

    6. What is your greatest extravagance?

    Creating while sleeping

    7. What is your current state of mind?

    Open to new adventures

    8. What do you consider the most overrated virtue?


    9. What is the quality you most like in a man ?


    10. What is the quality you most like in a woman ?


    11. Which words or phrases do you most overuse?


    12. Which talent would you most like to have?

    Compose and play music

    13. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

    14. What do you consider your greatest achievement?

    Open my own design/architecture firm after few years after moving to the US

    15. If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing, what would it be?

    The wind

    16. Where would you most like to live?


    17. What is your most treasured possession?

    Nothing material

    18. What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?

    Living for yourself

    19. What is your favorite occupation?


    20. What is your most marked characteristic?

    Problem solving

    21. What do you most value in your friends?


    22. Who are your favorite writers?

    James Ballard

    23. Who is your hero of fiction?


    24. Which historical figure do you most identify with?


    25. Who are your heroes in real life?

    My family

    26. What are your favorite names?

    Names are just a tag

    27. What is it that you most dislike?

    Post modernism and over-decoration

    28. What is your greatest regret?

    No regrets for now

    29. How would you like to die?

     At peace

    30. What is your motto?

    What’s next?

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