Hilos Invisibles

Matteo Fogale and fellow designers reinterpret the sketches of modernist architect Julio Vilamajó Echanizbuilt


From September 17, 2018 until October 27, 2018
During this year's London Design Festival, The Aram Gallery will play host to Hilos Invisibles – an exhibition by Uruguay-born designer Matteo Fogale.
Taking place until 27 October, Hilos Invisibles is the result of Fogale's residency at Museo Casa Vilamajó – the Montevideo home built by modernist architect Julio Vilamajó Echaniz built for his family in the 1930s.
Whilst there, Fogale became immersed in the hundreds of sketches drawn by Vilamajó at the Institute of History of the University of Architecture, as well as interviewing scholars about the architect and visiting his buildings across the region.
Inspired, he embarked on a series of workshops – where invited design studios based in Montevideo collaborated to come up with ideas that would bring the drawings to life, in the form of new products created with local materials.
A family of lamps by Claro are intended to channel the light play seen in Vilamajó's buildings, while Rafael Antía’s concrete coffee tables respond to a specific sketch. Muar has created an elm-root dresser inspired by a 1944 commission Vilamajó undertook for Salvadoran sweet maker Confiteria La Americana.
'These are products that tell a story, they have the important function of keeping our heritage alive and communicate how collaboration is at the heart of any creative process,' – Matteo Fogale
All of the designs by the seven studios will go on display at London's Aram Gallery from 17 September to 27 October, alongside the original drawings and a documentary. A new book by Fogale and Grégory Ambos will also be on show, which documents the story of Vilamajó and the process of the workshops.