Salone Milan 2010 – Nemo by Fabio Novembre

Salone Milan 2010 – Nemo by Fabio Novembre

Fabio Novembre uses furniture design to tell intense and fascinating stories in which the protagonist is often the human figure (or parts of it). This human figure is capable of becoming abstract and universal, able to propose a mythologized beauty as occurred in Greek art where heroes (assuredly “dark and hairy”) took on proportionate and divine features in sculptures.

Gio Ponti, A drawing is an idea, 1950 ca.

Fabio Novembre

With this new piece it is with all the more reason that Fabio seems to state the possibility of “anthropomorphic design”.In fact, in Nemo a face with classic features is hollowed out to create an inhabitable space. The result is a head-armchair to be lived from the inside.


Like a mask, it simultaneously conceals and reveals its inhabitant. Tall enough to protect the person, and designed to be used outside and inside alike, Nemo has the power to turn any habitat into a theatrical scene. And whoever uses it becomes the protagonist in a story!

Fabio Novembre is one of those ‘young’ Italian designers that has distinguished himself for his strong personal vision and for his particular cultural awareness, perhaps more so than many others. That what distinguishes him, makes him either loved or hated. He indulges in this game, enjoys playing with his carefully constructed character, skillfully tailors his public costume of the social provocateur that he is.

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