Autarchy, a propositional installation by Studio FormaFantasma, envisions the objects of a community where the materials for living are "personally cultivated, harvested and processed to feed and make tools to serve human necessities." Italian broom maker Giuseppe Brunello and French bakery Poilane were invited as collaborators.
Co-designing in collaboration with Giuseppe Brunello, Studio Formafantasma added to the traditional straw-broom new subtile details to underline the beauty and the perfection of a timeless object.
In this utopian scenario, Sorghum becomes the central aspect. The harvested grain becomes brooms and is milled to become flour, which is baked into bread and transformed into durable vessels and lamps (70% flour, 20% agricultural waste and 10% limestone). The variation in color comes from a selection of vegetables, spices and roots that have been dried, boiled and filtered for their dyes. The pedestals used to display the work also reference Sorghum—a drying oven and a mill. The installation is meant not only as an exhibition, but also as a vehicle to share this information, illustrating every step of the production process.
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Lisa is dedicated to promoting the American contemporary design scene. She keeps herself busy as the co-founder of the Object Design League, an association of independent designers in Chicago, and design practice Smith&Linder, both co-founded with Caroline Linder. She also teaches foundation research studios at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.