Objects as garments, interior creations as conversation pieces. The eclectic design of Maurizio Galante and Tal Lancman is instilled with a long-standing experience in fashion with a unique vision in blending disciplines and crafts.
“… Is it possible to stretch a line between the standard, the popular, the duplicated and the unique? Can the basic live with the elaborate, the common with the rare?”
Image courtesy of Interware
With a long and highly awarded career in fashion, haute couture and costume making, Italian designer Maurizio Galante is a couturier whose creations have conquered runaways across the globe. A graduate of Academy of Costume and Fashion in Rome and a trained architect, he has worked in Paris since 1991. From his studio in the French capital, he has since then presented his astonishing collections as an official member of “Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture”, a prestigious group of Parisian fashion houses. In 2008 Maurizio Galante was made ‘Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres à Paris’ by the Ministry of Culture for his contribution to the French fashion industry.
Born on the opposite bank of the Mediterranean sea, Israeli Tal Lancman is a trend forecast analyst highly esteemed for his expertise in textile and design. Since 1995, he has been an editor and creative director for Textile View magazine, the leading industry publication in defining trends, colors, textile, fashion, decoration and consumers behaviors. In 2003 the duo Galante Lancman teamed up to form INTERWARE, a design and consultancy agency that unite their crossover vision in establishing a balance between industrial and craftsmanship traditions, welcoming the best from both fields.
Image courtesy of Driade, Maurizio Galante & Tal Lancman talking about the Rikka Dining Chair
“INTERWARE is about a new generation of design. As a rule, the term ‘couture’ is used in connection with the past. My work is a fusion of past, present and future. The memory of the past is there in the handicraft, the poetry and the familiar elements, while the future is presented practically and realistically by means of technology and innovation. But it is not based on a ‘total look’. They are just the things I love – the things that have a place in my world” says Maurizio Galante.
The multi-sensorial projects evoke images drawn from nature, history and mythology. Sculptural and opulent, Galante & Lancman projects transverse the different design disciplines: from fashion to furniture, from interiors, lights, architecture to food and gardening. As the duo moves freely between disciplines, they revisit domains equipped with new understandings, insights and observations. The duo “transversal design” results from a constant experimentation, research, collaboration with artists, designers and artisans.
Images courtesy of Opinion Ciatti, WAVES by Maurizio Galante & Tal Lancman
Every Maurizio Galante & Tal Lancman project is unique and thought-provoking, thanks to a futuristic look challenging living spaces into everyday theatrical experiences. The duo stylistic process results in a multifaceted concept, with a subtle balance between the pragmatic and the irrational. The team follows all steps of design and production, from trend research to all aspects of marketing, including the definition of the brand image, strategy, communication, packaging and presentation.
Materials and colors melt into space with the same visual effect of a baroque Grand Opera, resonating with Galante followers for his work for some of the most important stages in Italy. He designs costumes for theatre, opera and has worked with famous directors, including Luca Ronconi and Giorgio Ferrara for the Piccolo Theater of Milan, the Rome Opera and Spoleto Festival Theatre.
As a natural extension of their vision, Maurizio Galante and Tal Lancman have curated several design exhibitions and developed installations for special events. In 2003 they have been assigned design curators for MUDAM, Museum of Modern Art Grand–Duc Jean, Luxembourg, conceptualizing and collaborating on content selection for the museum’s store and restaurant where they have also presented some of the most iconic INTERWARE projects.
Their works and installations has been exhibited in the most important galleries worldwide such as at Fondation Cartier Pour L’art Contemporain, Paris, MOMA Museum of Modern Art, New-York, and Pitti Immagine. Palazzo Pitti, Florence. A retrospective exhibition “MAURIZIO GALANTE & TAL LANCMAN, Transversal Design” was presented at Saint Etienne’s museum of art and industry, Triennale Design Museum in Milan, Sao Paulo Design Week, Beijing Design Week, and MUDAM Museum of Modern Art Grand-Duc Jean, Luxembourg.