Massimo Faion’s New Collection, Posa

Interview with Massimo Faion on his new collection. Secular falconry resists the passing of time thanks to artisanship

Text by Alessandro Mussolini

To most of us design means an object, something we can use in our daily lives such as a toothbrush, or a car. Posa is a collection of trestles inspired by falconry for which designer Massimo Faion studied the behavior of a hawk.

Massimo Faion
POSA Project #1, Detail

A fascination with techniques of self-reliance initiated the project. At first seemingly abstract, each element has in fact a specific function. The internal rods of the stand prevent it from being caught into a rope and the pole slips into the ground. Nicolas Bellavance-Lecompte, ​Carwan Gallery, was so enthusiastic about the project he instantly thought about the UAE, a place where falconry is still a living tradition.

ARTEMEST: How familiar were you with falconry?
MASSIMO FAION: I wasn’t, but I met with several Italian falconers to learn about how these animals behave. Posa is a cultural hybrid, a technical tool, and a decorative object. Italian craftsmanship has the ability to bring together Middle-Age European practices and contemporary Middle-Eastern traditions.

Oiled Alder turned wooden block, Satin Silver plated brass structure and a choice of White Marble base
A Falcon

A: Who makes these types of objects today?
MF: Each pole requires different skills. Milanese artisans made the brass frame and strings. ​DeVe​cchi, the historic silverware factory, plated some of the elements in yellow gold, rose gold, silver and satin polish. The marbles were crafted in Bergamo. A company that manufactures Thonet chairs in Friuli made the wood rings. 

​​A: A project that brings together many people.
MF: It involved a lot of research and working closely with experienced craftsmen to define the details. I had to show them the project using render, technical drawings and prototypes to explain exactly what I wanted. Their experience was precious in coming up with solutions. 

A: What did you learn from this collaboration?
MF: A designer's task is to imagine projects, speculate, and open new roads, a craftsman finds the best way to make them happen. The two are complementary, each with something to add.

Posa Project
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