Tutti Frutti is a collection of glass sculptures inspired by the host city Miami designed by Fabrica, Benetton Group's communication research centre. The new collection was shown at Design Miami / Art Basel, the international design fair held in Miami Featuring ten limited-edition glass sculptures made for displaying or serving fruit in 'a fascinating combination of the pure clarity of glass and the natural wholesomeness of fresh fruit'
Tutti Frutti celebrates Miami's 'designer look, cosmopolitan atmosphere and vibrant lifestyle.' says Fabrica. Most of them are elaborate three-dimensional compositions - which stand up by themselves or are made to be hung - 'in a perfect balance between the multicoloured verve of different fruits and the fragility of glass.'
Beautiful and fragile glass sculptures that surprise in the way that they are inspired by and relate to fruit.
The collection is concerned with glass objects to display and support fruit, as an essential symbol of the vitality, colour and open sunshine of Miami.
The pieces are proposed as original ways of showcasing and serving fruit – as subjects in balancing structures or suspended from the sky.
The clean transparency of the glass, complemented by the natural charm of fresh fruits is an intriguing combination —presented as 3 dimensional images and imaginative still life compositions—delicate and lively, ripe with colour and fragility.
Each piece is a way to showcase the young Fabrica design talents, expressing their individual attitudes and cultures that are mixed and celebrated in the Fabrica spirit.
Top Cherry, Giorgia Zanellato
Natural and artificial melt together to create an unexpected composition. A glass sculpture, inspired by the deco Miami architecture, constructed by four different self standing elements especially to contain fruits.
The fruits are split in two parts: the top part with the natural aspect of the fruit itself, and the carved part that melts with the glass pieces creating a strong connection.
In this way the fruits show their contrasting textures of outside and inside, giving color to the transparent glass. A cherry is on the top to dress the salad
Summer Rain by Charlotte Juillard
"as unexpected as a summer shower: strawberries seem to fall from the sky on this candelabra, held by a structure of six hanging tubes, each of which goes in a different direction."
Guglielmo! by Daniela Mesina
And the legend of William Tell inspired Daniela Mesina's Guglielmo!: the arrow splitting the apple is frozen in time as if attempting to fix a historical moment in glass.
Carmina by Sam Baron
The glass is seen only when it holds fruit, delicately placed in a frame as if hanging from a tree branch, or snugly set in a glass nest, the fruit is centrally positioned in the composition as if it were floating in the air.
"Fruit in a Frame" by Mariana Fernandes
A simple squared structure with a special place where a pomegranate earns the natural importance of a fruit-queen. The gift of Mother Nature placed on a designed frame to highlight its perfection and beauty. This fruit stand is a way to give an essential status to simplicity whilst paying tribute to still life image compositions.
"Carmina 2" by Sam Baron
Cocco" by Kirsty Minns
The tutti-frutti subject has taken a fundamental role in the making process for this pair of designed glassware pieces. The coconut halves were used as the mould to blow the glass into, thus creating the hemisphere shaped base for the carafe and fruit bowl. The smooth simple lines of the glass has been contrasted with the integration of the rough hard surface of the coconut shell. Both objects balance on the elegant tripod frame, a direct reference to the coconuts distinctive three holes.
“Sin” by David Raffoul
Going back to its roots, the apple was the first fruit touched by the human being, referring to the famous story of Adam and Eve. In this piece the apple tree is represented in a more contemporary way using the archetype of the middle ages, suggestive of public hangings
"See-Saw" by Catarina Carreiras
A lemon and a grape share the same shape, but come in different weights, have contrasting flavors, unlikely textures, and remind us of mismatched stories. When the time comes to choose which one to eat, the bitterness of the lemon defies the sweet taste of an autumn grape. See-saw is a glass sculpture that plays with the balance between two fruits, between their anatomy and their qualities, and one's decision of which to eat without breaking the balance of a fragile equilibrium.
"Seasons" by Dean Brown
The two glass bowls are defined by the iconic cocktail umbrella, depicting the different weather conditions that are integral to the growing of fruit. The objects tell tales of the rainy and dry seasons, helping us to appreciate the wonderful diversity of fruits, served fresh, dried, sweet or potent. A careful mix of shade, moisture and sunlight is required to nurture such vibrant forms and flavours - as bright as a cocktail in Miami or as zesty as a fruit market.
"The Big Pear" by Valentina Carretta
A glass cabinet encloses a pear, and preserves the piece of fruit as if it was a very precious item. The protective dome contemplates a very special locker, which is made by a humble wooden toothpick, to be removed before opening the cabinet as a kind of ritual.
Designed by: Fabrica Design Team
Photos by: Marco Zannin/Fabrica
Illustrations by: Mariana Fernandes/Fabrica