Elena Manferdini’s drawings blur lines between fashion and pattern in an architectural context and introduce new contemporary landscapes where creativity is boundless.

 

“Architects have a seemingly unlimited faith in the power of the grid – the abstraction of the grid is reduced: it becomes, quite literally, graspable”

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Life 

Elena Manferdini is the principal and owner of Atelier Manferdini, an award-winning multidisciplinary studio based in Venice CA. A licensed engineer in Italy, and a licensed architect in Switzerland, Elena Manfredini has over fifteen years of professional experience in architecture, art, design, and education. With a Professional Engineering Degree from the University of Civil Engineering (Bologna, Italy) and a Master of Architecture and Urban Design from the University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA), Elena currently teaches at the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) and is the Graduate Programs Chair.

 

In 2014 she held the Howard Friedman Visiting Professor of Practice at the University of California Berkeley (UCB). She has also held Visiting Professor positions at Cornell University, University of Pennsylvania and Seika University. She frequently lectures, and her work has been exhibited internationally in both architecture and art museums.

Inspiration

 

“Architects have a seemingly unlimited faith in the power of the grid, a mastering system that has become dominant in a significant portion of the modern American cityscape. The set of drawings used in the design of this collection of rugs explores the potential of the contemporary grid and vibrant colours”

 

Mixing her engineering background with architecture and design Elena Manferdini can boost a variety of work spanning across multiple disciplines, from public art to fashion design.

 

In her interview with the online magazine Designboom, the Manferdini looks back at her professional upbringing in Europe and the influence of the Bauhaus approach which propelled the idea that an architect could design “from the spoon to the city”. And with this teaching in mind Manferdini embraced one of her latest collaboration with Urban Fabric. With a series of limited edition rugs called “Building Portraits” Manferdini reinterprets the urbanity, moulding details of abstract landscapes with multi-dimensional and colourful grids.

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Style 

Scripted drawings, photo-realism and glitch artwork mixed with engineering and architectural know-how. The style of Elena Manferdini is a continuous exploration of artistic medium revolving around the idea of chaotic order. Her futuristic approach towards patterns has informed the exploration in facade systems and textiles now so clearly recognizable as a “Manferdini style”.

 

For her collaboration with Urban Fabric., she plays with studies of building facades and fenestrations recalling Cubists patterns and Mies van der Rohe’s skyscrapers. The rugs’ handmade fabric glorifies the multi-dimensional perceptions of architectural shapes creating dreamlike tactile experiences. Walking on the limited editions “Building Portraits” one can be transported in Manferdini universe, where geometries and intricate repetitions become the coding language of her restless creativity.

 

“I have always been a creative person, even as an engineer. Creativity is part of an innate attraction to an overall sense of order and both fields are intrinsically based on geometrical principles”

Uniqueness 

Her firm Atelier Manferdini has completed art and architectural projects in the US, Europe and Asia. Notable among the firm’s projects are the Pavilion for the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, Bianca, a three stories boat in Japan, and a series of interior design renovations in Los Angeles.

 

Manferdini was awarded the 2013 COLA Fellowship given by City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs to support the production of original artwork. In 2013 she received a Graham Award for architecture, the 2013 ACADIA Innovative Research Award of Excellence, and she was selected as the recipient for the Educator of the Year presidential award given by the AIA Los Angeles. In 2011 she was one of the recipients of the prestigious annual grants from the United States Artists (USA) in the category of architecture and design.

Elena Manferdini的设计模糊了建筑中时尚与图案之间的界限,并引入具有无限创意的当代新景观。

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Elena Manferdini是位于 Venice CA 加利福尼亚州,曾多次获奖的Atelier Manferdini工作室的负责人和拥有者。Elena Manfredini 是意大利注册的工程师,也是瑞士注册的建筑师,她在建筑、艺术、设计和教育领域拥有超过15年的专业经验。Elena拥有土木工程大学(Bologna, Italy)的专业工程学位,以及加州大学洛杉矶分校(UCLA)的建筑和城市设计硕士学位,Elena目前任教于南加州建筑学院(SCI-Arc),并担任研究生项目主席。2014年,她在加州大学Berkeley分校(UCB)担任Howard Friedman 客座教授。她还在Cornell大学、Pennsylvania大学和Seika大学担任客座教授。 除了经常演讲,她的作品也在世界各地的建筑和艺术博物馆展出。

造灵感

 

将她的工程背景与建筑设计相结合,Elena Manferdini促进着从公共艺术到时装设计跨越多个学科的各种工作。在接受在线杂志Designboom采访时,Manferdini回顾了自己在欧洲的职业成长经历,以及Bauhaus风格对她的影响。Bauhaus风格推动建筑师“从勺子到城市”的设计概念。考虑到这一点,Manferdini 接受了她与Four O Nine工作室 Urban Fabric地毯的最新合作。通过一系列被称为“建筑画像”的限量版地毯,Manferdini重新诠释了城市风格,用多维和色彩丰富的网格塑造了抽象景观的细节。

 

”建筑师似乎对网格的力量有着无限的信心,它在现代美国城市景观中占据主导地位。这一系列地毯的设计中运用的设计探索了现代网格和鲜艳色彩的潜力“。

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绘画草稿,写实主义照片和艺术品与工程和建筑技术结合在一起。Elena Manferdini的风格是围绕混沌秩序思想对艺术媒介的不断探索。她图案的未来主义风格和她对纺织品立体表面的探索已经让人们清晰地了解和识别“Manferdini风格”。她与Urban Fabric地毯的合作,她运用建筑面和窗的研究回顾Cubists学派图案和Mies van der Rohe的摩天大楼。地毯的手工美化了建筑外形的多维感创造了梦幻般的触觉体验。走在限量版的“建筑肖像”上,你将被带入Manferdini的世界, 在那里,错综复杂的几何图形和重复成为她永不停歇,充满创意的编码语言。

 

“即使作为一名工程师,我一直都拥有创意。创造力是整体秩序的内在吸引的一部分,而这两个领域本质上都是基于几何原理的。”

特性

她的公司Atelier manferdini在美国、欧洲和亚洲完成的艺术和建筑项目中,最引人注目的是洛杉矶当代艺术博物馆的Pavilion展馆、日本的三层船Bianca和洛杉矶的一系列室内翻新设计. Manferdini获得了2013年洛杉矶文化局颁发的COLA Fellowship,以支持原创艺术作品的制作。2013年,她获得了Graham Award for architecture, 2013 ACADIA Innovative Research Award of Excellence,并被美国建筑师协会洛杉矶分会(AIA Los Angeles)评为“年度教育大奖”。2011年,她是美国享有盛誉的United States Artists (USA)年度奖建筑和设计领域获得者之一。

Elena Manferdini Collection

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Building Portraits C1

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Building Portraits B1

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Building Portraits D3

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Elena Manferdini, blurring the lines between design, architecture and fashion. Hand-knotted rugs for Urban Fabric - AFFLUENCY, Unique by Design - Asia's premier e-tailer to discover and shop online for Luxury furniture, unique home decor and design masterpieces

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Elena Manferdini, blurring the lines between design, architecture and fashion. Hand-knotted rugs for Urban Fabric - AFFLUENCY, Unique by Design - Asia's premier e-tailer to discover and shop online for Luxury furniture, unique home decor and design masterpieces

Image courtesy of Urban Fabric & Elena Manferdini

Elena Manferdini, blurring the lines between design, architecture and fashion. Hand-knotted rugs for Urban Fabric - AFFLUENCY, Unique by Design - Asia's premier e-tailer to discover and shop online for Luxury furniture, unique home decor and design masterpieces

Image courtesy of Elena Manferdini

Elena Manferdini, blurring the lines between design, architecture and fashion. Hand-knotted rugs for Urban Fabric - AFFLUENCY, Unique by Design - Asia's premier e-tailer to discover and shop online for Luxury furniture, unique home decor and design masterpieces

Image courtesy of Urban Fabric & Elena Manferdini

Elena Manferdini, blurring the lines between design, architecture and fashion. Hand-knotted rugs for Urban Fabric - AFFLUENCY, Unique by Design - Asia's premier e-tailer to discover and shop online for Luxury furniture, unique home decor and design masterpieces

Image courtesy of Elena Manferdini


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