The ceramic lamp in the shape of pig has been designed by James Irvine in 1991.
It’s the unexpected interpretation of a common gesture.
Together with Marialaura Rossiello we found-it on the shelves of Alessio Sarri – (one of the greatest contemporary ceramists) – where it had been all these years with other experimental projects.
Something very typical of those years where all dedicated themselves to seek new languages. The period of transition between the eighties and nineties it was in fact, a period of great expressive tensions and the ceramic was the material that best lent itself to give form to this concerns related to the search for new freedoms.
Sarri – who had honed his qualities as a potter working closely with Ettore Sottsass – was always at the center of these experiments. In those same years James – after living in Japan for several years – had approached the world of comics.
In developing a different idea of figuration for objects, he devoted himself to draw a series of “animisti” objects in which lamps, chairs, candlesticks or tables (even in the delicacy of the allusion) assume the characters personality. The approach to the world of figurative art is the expression of a soul pop in his work, but powerfully kept under control. In this sense it well describes his passion for objects as phenomena with their own lives.
For James the meeting with Danese meant confrontation with a brand that has made the history of Italian design and its masters, first of all Enzo Mari who with his “Series of Nature” had firstly, firstly touched with strength, the figuration topic in design. This theme runs throughout his work for Danese in which James seems to experience a new freedom, surely encouraged by Carlotta de Bevilacqua, but also a bit ‘inspired by a young project manager (Marialaura Rossiello) with which the cooperation on the design front moved quickly on new plans as soon as he asked her to marry him. Francesca Picchi