Black Nemo by Fabio Novembre

Black Nemo by Fabio Novembre back

Black Nemo by Fabio Novembre front

Black Nemo by Fabio Novembre

An iconic design which I have featured in many colors already. Just click Tag Fabio Novembre

I took this photo September 24, 2011 in the Milan Triennale Design Museum

Nemo, presented for the first time during Salone del Mobile 2010, is the manifestation of a design that enhances the human figure and was proposed as a face with classic lineaments that reveals an inner seating element. A human figure capable of becoming abstract and universal, able to propose a mythologized beauty as in ancient Greek art.

In 2010 it happens that the name Nemo immediately evokes the little fish protagonist of the Pixar Movie in 2003. If this question had been asked at the end of the XIX century probably the answer would have been the Captain Nemo protagonist of the book written by Jules Verne in 1870: twenty thousand leagues under the sea. Going further in time, in a classical era around the 800 b.C, Nemo should have been the name chosen by Odisseo to deceive Polifemo the cyclops of the Homer epic poem.

Odisseo, who is used to disguise, declares that his name is Nemo, no-one in order to escape from certain death: the destruction of the personality under the survival instinct.
Despite I deeply feel a man of my era, the greek origins of my native land make me associate Nemo to Odisseo. The name becomes a mask used to hide the identity. Mask that in the greek theatre is called also persona recalling the name sound that plays the part of amplifying the voice.

A project born between the drawing by Ponti of 1950 “Un disegno è un’idea” and the romance by Pirandello of 1926 “Uno, nessuno e centomila” for creating a new identity without sexual and geographical features. An identity denied a renewed idea of collectivity made of eyes that search each other beyond the borders and barriers.

Milan Triennale Design Museum – 13


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