An advertising duo turn into one of the most creative design studio, Alisée Matta and Giovanni Gennari, funded Nobody&co in 2005. The brand combines the excellence of the Made In Italy with an innovative and playful approach, with the ability of transcending design conventions without losing its function.
“Problems are always the best inspirations. Eighteen years ago we lived in a tiny flat full of books but with nowhere to sit. That same year we drew the first Bibliochaise: a cube to sit in with slots all around to put books in.”
Started as an advertising team back in 1994, the duo of Alisée Matta and Giovanni Gennari is a partnership of creative minds devoted to find unconventional creative solution to everyday problems. Partners in business and life, in 20015 Alisée Matta and Giovanni Gennari established their design studio in Milan. Nobody&co combines the excellence of the Made In Italy seal with a playful approach that transcends design conventions, without losing its function.
Nobody&co made its debut at the 2006 Salone Internazionale del Mobile, Milan (Milano Design Week) with their most acclaimed piece la Bibliochaise and the pop-art like Piola bookcase. From their fortunate launch, Nobody&co has been hosted among others at Spazio Rossana Orlandi and in selected galleries, exhibitions and fairs across Europe.
Nobody&co is profoundly Made in Italy, the ultimate synonymous for quality and tradition, but with a plus: the personality and charm of a creative duo who believe that design should convey a positive and playful feeling, while being undeniably functional. A statement that can be seen through the 2009 Scroll Table, a unique by design piece, and an homage to the Italian artisanal tradition. A table with a sliding surface that can be manually activated using a detachable handle. With a simple movement the motives underneath the glass surface rotate, revealing astonishing new textures.
Scroll Table is also an homage to the Italian craftsman, working tirelessly behind the scene, while creating exquisite works of art, like a celestial demiurge, crafting the universe with his bare hands. Hand-printed patterns by internationally acclaimed textile designers, Timorous Beasties appear under the crystal top surface of the laser-cut and curved metal structure, creating unique atmospheres, at every rolls spin.
In the brand name hides the company soul. Like a white canvas ready to be lighten-up by colours and artistic purposes, the design of Alisée Matta and Giovanni Gennari is able to ignite a dialogue between the user, the piece and the object. Exemplified by the most iconic piece of Nobody&co collection, the Bibliochaise, it is a geometrical armchair bookcase, that dominates the space as a royal throne sitting on a realm of books. It is constructed as a 360 degree bookshelf, which can contain up to five linear metres of books. An clever object, with a majestic structure inviting the users to reclaim an eclectic and cultured lifestyle.
“The concept we want to express is that sitting by his favourite books is like sitting in the center of himself.” says the designers in an interview to the Italian magazine Icon Design.
For Nobody&co imagination and creativity runs in the family. Alisée’s father, Roberto Sebastián Antonio Matta was an esteemed Chilean architect and painter and one of the major protagonists of Surrealism movement. The idea of Bibliochaise was conceived when the painter was still alive and as John remembers “The first sketch I made in 1998, and it was Sebastian Matta who suggested the name”. In May 2013, as a world premier in London for INTERIORS LDN 2013, Nobody&co presented the 24 carat Gold Bibliochaise. Made in durmast wood fully covered with 24carat gold leafs, the limited edition it a celebration of the brand international recognition and statement for design: transforming problems in opportunities, while glorifying the aesthetic uniqueness of an handcrafted piece.