eld in Naples from the 7th to the 9th June 2019, the manifesto of the opening edition of EDIT Napoli states: “Naples is "a land of undisciplined forward-thinkers who face life with passion and personality”.
Held in the evocative San Domenico Maggiore church, the 60 exhibitors present include designers, emerging talents, independent names, Italian firms as well as artisans from the Campania region, selected by the project’s curators Domitilla Dardi and Emilia Petruccelli. The main aim of the event is in fact to foster new collaborations between creative talents and manufacturers.
"Naples has a rich history of local craftsmanship and industry, a prestigious contemporary art scene and a vibrant community of progressive collectors and cultural institutions" explain the curators. Therefore, there is no better place for a new design fair.
There are many Italian firms present such as De Castelli, Bitossi Ceramiche, Lithea and Ghidini1961. Besides, a number of pieces are made exclusively for EDIT Napoli, consequently resulting in a series of different collaborations: Gum Design and Alfaterna Marmi, Elisa Ossino and Nesite, Daniele Della Porta and B Beds 1967, BCXSY and Laboratorio Morseletto, to name a few.
EDIT Napoli however departs from the traditional idea of what a design fair should be, bearing in fact a closer resemblance to a cultural hub that aims to promote a diverse range of initiatives. First and foremost, the programme Design in Residence, began in the autumn of 2018 with personalities such as the Venezuelan designer Reinaldo Sanguino, who designed a series of vases with Ceramiche Fes, the Italian creative duo Faberhama, who with Negri & Za.Ma, designed a line of decorative silk fabrics, the Lebanese designer Khaled El Mays, who designed a collection of stools in metal, glass and leather with the artisans of the Quartieri Spagnoli. In addition, all the collections that are part of this extraordinary project are made in collaboration with artisans from the Campania region, subsequently sold internationally under the brand Made in EDIT.
A ping pong table situated in the courtyard of San Domenico Maggiore, the work of the Neapolitan artist Resli Tale, is the result of a collaboration between EDIT Napoli and PPPattern. Simultaneously, Pamono, an e-shopping platform for vintage design, has presented the exhibition Indie Rock: The New New Wave, inspired by the radical Memphis movement.
The event’s rich cultural programme addresses other areas too: the critic Marco Petroni has overseen the EDIT Talks, two round table that from coffee to traditional Neapolitan cooking, explore the relationship that exists between food and design. In addition, with the platform EDIT Table by Food Confidential, Nerina Di Nunzio aims to promote relationships between professionals from the hotel and restaurant trade and designers, artisans and firms.
In a clever and stimulating combination of styles, EDIT Napoli has brought to us design, artisanal tradition, creative innovation and culture, trends and visions that perfectly reflect the spirit of the city.