ANIMAlità Toro designed by Sam Baron for Bosa is a ceramic container enriched with colored glazes and precious metals. The Animality collection represents fantastic animals and includes playful and animistic objects whose central theme is that of animality, interpreted literally, metaphorically, and experimentally.
Born in France in 1976, Sam Baron graduated in design in 1999 from the École des Beaux-Arts de Saint Etienne. His work has been shown at numerous design events and fairs, including Maison et Objets and the Salon du Meuble in Paris, the Salone del Mobile of Milan, the International Contemporary Furniture Fair, New York, Tokyo Designers Block, Biennale de Saint Etienne, and the Frankfurt Design Fair. He won the Design category award of the Grand Prix de la Création de la Ville de Paris 2007, the Art de la Table award 2009 launched by Elle Decor France, and the Créateur de l’Année 2010 promoted by Maison et Objets. The issue n° 79 of Colors magazine “Collector” (winter 2010/2011), directed by Sam in collaboration with Colors’ editorial team, obtained the Silver Cube at the Art Directors Club 90th Annual Award (2011). Since 2006 he is the director of Fabrica’s design projects.
It was in 1976 that Italo Bosa started its own ceramic production following the ancient processing techniques for objects made entirely by hand, enhanced by a rich color palette, decorated with precious metals – gold, platinum, copper – and enamels with exclusive shades created by the company. Precise techniques that are still today at the base of Bosa’s production and that give the objects uniqueness, quality, and recognizability. The ceramic objects and furnishings created in the Bosa house, in addition to expressing all the knowledge of the craft, transmit that incessant experimentation of the possibilities of ceramics that has among its objectives the transformation of formal and functional habits into new interpretations, new fantastic functions and worlds, a mission that Italo Bosa has been able to transfer to his daughters Francesca and Daniela, to his wife and to all his collaborators.
The three pieces of the collection are a mixture of mythology and personal memories where the bull becomes a Minotaur, the ram an important sacrificial animal to celebrate the gods, and, according to a particularly wild approach, the horse is tinged with dreamlike tones becoming a unicorn.
Fantastic beasts of design
From effective prostheses to apotropaic talismans
Ten curious objects, the result of the fantastic invention of ten visionary designers called upon to interpret the ANIMAlità theme. Bosa’s vocation for experimentation and research in the fields of art and design is reconfirmed with this original collection of apotropaic, playful, and animistic objects whose central theme is ANIMAlità, interpreted in a literal, metaphorical, and fantastic sense. The unpublished works are signed by Sam Baron, Matteo Cibic, GamFratesi, Jaime Hayon, Sebastian Herkner, Lanzavecchia + Wai, Minale-Maeda, Elena Salmistraro, Ionna Vautrin, and Nika Zupanc.