Rooms, Georgian studio of collectible design, summed up its first 10 years in the exhibition ‘Sculpting in time’, running from the Fuorisalone to the end of May of 2018
The design duo formed by Nata Janberidze and Keti Toloraia, founders of Tbilisi-based studio Rooms, love observing things that are usually taken for granted and translating their thoughts into unique sculptures and simple shapes, inspired by objects that were created centuries ago, expressions of a life lived through a new awareness. They also wanted to show their attachment to their roots, to Caucasian nature and architecture with the rugs designed for cc-tapis (www.cc-tapis.com) and the ‘Wild Minimalism’ and ‘Life on Earth’ collections, reaching the core of their expressive research with ‘Alchemy-Turning Into Gold’. Nata and Keti, friends since they were at university, combine their poetry and anthropological analysis with an intense work in the residential, hospitality and retail fields.
Rooms presents, at the Salvatore Lanteri Gallery, four collections characterized by raw materials and essential style, clarity and awareness, simplicity and joie de vivre.
Rooms has also designed for cc-tapis ‘The Night of a Hunter’, a series of ‘magical carpets’ handmade by Tibetan artisans, telling the starry sky of the Caucasus Mountains, the deer and the lions of ancient Georgian carpets, the beauty and mystery of wildlife.
In ‘Wild Minimalism’ (2016-17), the desire to go back to the roots emerges through the reinterpretation of Georgian ethnic furnishings and soviet architectural forms.
‘Alchemy-Turning Into Gold’ (2017) represents the alchemic aspect of the work of the two Georgian designers who, like ancient alchemists, try to ‘transform lead into gold’, now through the improvement of things and their own psychological transformation. [Giulia Bruno]