Rota Lab – Innovative Furniture Design
I can’t really remember where I first heard about Rota Lab, but after checking out their website, I was excited to go see the opening of their exhibition “Artigiainers” at RGB Gallery in Testaccio last night. Rota Lab is an innovative design laboratory created in 2006 by Tommaso Garavini, Giorgio Massone, and Andre’ Philippe Solari. If I had a house to furnish (and some extra cash to burn), I would probably buy just about everything I saw in the show last night. From the amazing wood pieces (tables, shelves, and parquet) that mix different woods to create elegant and interesting patterns to lamps made from lead pipes or old Moka coffee makers, they have an ingenious way of taking ordinary objects and making extraordinary pieces. Another favorite was a coat hanger made with what looked like the bottoms of women’s high heeled shoes. Its this type of thinking innovation that makes their work whimsical, but with a design that is elegant and fresh. You can see their work (and purchase it – think Christmas gifts!) at RGB until January 6 and on December 17 a special presentation of their new book, also entitled Artigiainers, will be held there as well. I also highly suggest exploring the Rota Lab website, where you can see more of their designs and projects, including custom built pieces for places like RGB and MondoPop Gallery. I believe their old workshop was in San Lorenzo, but they’ve now moved to my neighborhood and are located in Pigneto, at via Braccio da Montone 34.
Artigiainers – an expo by Rota Lab
December 3 – January 6
P.zza Santa Maria Liberatrice, 46
Tuesday to Saturday 10:00-13:00 / 16:00-01:00