Transparency is a collection of vases and objects in methacrylate made with Giovanni Scacchi’s Metea, between 2002 and 2017.
These clear, nuanced, or decorated objects are an important example of the current frontiers of what was once called “craftsmanship,” where manual work prevailed and which instead today has become the most technologically advanced segment of the entire industrial production cycle.

a segment characterized by the use of high-tech materials, by numerical control machines, by electronic pantographs, and by manual nishes.
These are highly automatized, exible, silent, ultra clean labs, where the relationship between man and technological instruments is quite intense.

The relationship between this considerably sophisticated type of production and design is important because it isn’t based on mere research of a new material’s use in construction, but rather on experimenting its ability to express and forerunning research the industry cannot always guarantee. a crucial confrontation unfolds upon this dif cult terrain: in the age of globalization and international competition, the innovation (technical, expressive, or commercial) of products cannot be obtained through marketing but via creativity and research.

That’s why the network of these small labs allows us to go where large battleships can’t.
and design fuels this energy of innovation.
The transparency of these objects, as I interpreted them with Giovanni Scacchi, is not only the result of the material. It’s also the metaphor of an exploration that unfolds in emptiness, intercepting hidden universes and new dimensions of the mind.

Andrea Branzi.


ISBN 978-1-941372-33-3
Hardcover, Italian and Enlish
pp. 160
Hexachrome 4 + 2 colors
Limited edition of 500 specimens of which 99 numbered and signed by Andrea Branzi, with Plexiglas box
Project: Giovanni Scacchi Gallery
Published by Fortino Editions