Andrea Trimarchi and Simone Farresin are Studio Formafantasma–two Italian designers based in Eindhoven, The Netherlands. The collaboration between the two started during their BA in communication design, illustrating books and magazines. Their interest in product design developed at the Design Academy Eindhoven, where they graduated in July 2009 with a thesis based on traditional Sicilian folk craft.
Formafantasma’s work explores such issues as the role of design in folk craft, the relationship between tradition and local culture, critical approaches to sustainability and the significance of objects as cultural conduits. They identify their role as the bridge between craft, industry, object and user and seek to stimulate a more critical and conceptual design dialogue through their work.
In March 2011, Studio Formafantasma was selected as one of the most promising young design studios in the world by Paola Antonelli, Senior Curator, Department of Architecture and Design, MOMA, and Alice Rawsthorn, Design Critic of the International Herald Tribune. Their work is also in the permanent collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Vitra Design Museum, and the Textile Museum in Tilburgh, the Netherlands.