STROMBOLI is a design studio together with an online store dedicated to contemporary craft and slow design. Created by artist Clemence Seilles in Mexico city in 2016 and now based in Milan since 2021, Stromboli emphasizes on craft processes and innovative materials connecting resources and workshops to create extraordinary objects fitted for every day life and at affordable prices. At Stromboli, we value originality, meaningful uses of resources and quality craft. From modern recycled to antiques techniques, Stromboli mixes patrimony thanks to an articulated network of professionals in Italy.
FROM MEXICO TO MILAN
Founded in Mexico city in the incredible heart of craft culture, Stromboli has acquired its reputation in developing high quality contemporary objects with dozen of craft workshops in the city partners with Stromboli, working on mirror, glass, terrazzo, stone carving, ceramic, wood, metal and textile printing. Stromboli’s objective was not only the final outcome of an object, but also to provide decent salary to the workers through the collaborations initiated by Stromboli and exalt interest in contemporary design in Mexico where the craft industry is predominantly dedicated to produce traditional artifacts. In 2020, the Corona virus pandemic crushed the local economy and Stromboli could not survive to the crisis in Mexico.
But in every end, there is a new beginning. So, after 5 years in Mexico, director Clemence Seilles decided to foreseen the installation of Stromboli in Italy. Reuniting with her sister, they re-established Stromboli in Milan, focusing on building a network of local collaborators typical from north Italy. A new family appears, from pioneer industries in recycled materials, new technologies and excellent craft. Stromboli now emphasizes in bringing into design and craft these new resources and technologies coming from construction and packaging industries.
For each new piece, Stromboli is committed to originality and excellence by carefully choosing its collaborators, connecting a community of local craft together with innovative resources and projections. A virtuous network of capacities is coordinated to develop unique objects, accessories and furniture. Stromboli works on a small production scale with limited stock and short production circuit, which allow the studio to keep quality and creativity at high level.
Stromboli is a Volcanic island formed by the consecutive explosions layering the multiple strata of magmas into one living land. The allegory of the volcan for a design practice in motion, as diverse and transformable than materials can be, has inspired the studio creations since the beginning of its researches.
Stromboli is strongly implied into research of abstract and natural resources. We agree that our industrial world is arriving to a turning point, therefore we consider transformed materials from industrial wastes a capital source of invention and a necessity to integrate in our creative process, together with ancient techniques and materials from craft culture.
STROMBOLI develops interiors and set designs projects for Public institutions, brands and private clients who are looking for an original design that offers a vibrant experience, mixing recycled resources and ancient techniques.
STROMBOLI’s founder is the french-born artist and designer Clemence Seilles. She studied in prestigious Royal College of Art of London with masters Ron Arad, Jurgen Bey and Martino Gamper. Since then, surfing between Science Fiction influences and poetical gestures, Clemence has produced applied and fantastic situations through objects, scenographies, music, and performances. She has been exhibited in international institutions such as Palais de tokyo, Foam Amsterdam and De Eye Museum. Clemence co-founded “The Dirty Art Department”at the Sandberg Instituut of Amsterdam in 2011. She co-created experimental music salon “MORTAL RECORDINGS” along side mini techno club PNUMO.
STROMBOLI collaborates with Brands, creative studios and artists. Once a year, the studio invites an artist to colaborate for a capsule collection that explores different techniques and poetics including: sculptural objects, rare designs, gesture and research in workshops. All reflect the studio’s engagement to experimental approach and prospective discourse.
CATALOGUE OF TECHNIQUES
- METALFrom craft to industry, metal work is part of Stromboli.Associates’ DNA. We work with experienced craftsmen on special productions and rare objects, while developing our furniture on an industrial scale, yet in the neighbourhoods between Mexico city and Guadalajara.
- FOAMWe are prospecting for industries producing new plastic materials and composites through recycling of wastes. We work with Mexican, USA and European suppliers, each for their particular products or system process. Stromboli studio researchs applications for …
- TERRAZOsmall workshops in Mexico City and in Guadalajara, as every production needs a dedicated know-how.
- CNCWoods, plastics, metals, mirrors… we are exploring all the possibilities that digital drawing can offer for the production of objects and accessories, letting creativity face such an amazing tool.
- WOODWORKWe work together with workshops in the city, exploring a variety of techniques and a range of fine wood. We also develop more industrial processing for contract chairs.
- EXPERIMENTALAt our studio, we test and experiment in order to create new materials, forms and processing. We experiment with polimers materials, recycled ressources, news materials. The outcomes are rather for specials objects and elements of scenography.
- GLASSWe collaborate with a handful of small glass workshops in the city of Mexico, traditionally located in the Alamos neighbourhood, a few steps from our studio, those antics workshops remain small and flexible to answer varieble …
- STONEWe have worked with minerals since the first object collection. Mixing simple and experimental gestures, we collaborate with workshops in Mexico City and in Jalisco, but also with italian workshops in Lombardie. We used those capacities …
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STROMBOLI.ASSOCIATES’ founder and creative director is the French-born artist and designer Clemence Seilles. She graduated from the prestigious Royal College of Art of London. Since then, surfing with Science Fiction influences and fascination for ressources, she worked in London, Berlin, Amsterdam, Paris and Mexico city. Clemence has created objects, interiors and scenographies worldwide with most exciting artists and institutions. In 2016 she moves the studio in Mexico city and create a new kind of design label, based on shared ressources. Stromboli is now expanding in Milan, Italia, emphazing on recycled ressources capacities. Clemence is one of the founders of the study Master program “The Dirty Art Department”at the Sandberg Instituut of Amsterdam.