Antonio Aricò crafts the Magna Graecia collection for Seletti as a family of objects for both outdoors and indoors. The designer hopes that the objects will invade terraces, gardens, verandas but also lounges, living rooms and entrance halls.
The ubiquitous terracotta material is closely linked to the Mediterranean tradition and typical across southern Italy. With this in mind, Aricò introduces the project to bring those warm and sunny atmospheres to interiors across the world.
The collection includes familiar motifs from Doric and Ionic columns, wave-patterning, and whimsical busts sculpted with reference to antiquity. Thus, the works translate traditional southern Italian craft through a playful and contemporary lens, a common theme among the designer’s body of work.
The objects within Antonio Aricò’s Magna Graecia collection range from functional to decorative objects. Functional pieces include vases with Doric, Greek, or wave ornamentation are crafted in both standing and wall-mounted editions. A jug is sculpted to evoke the familiar stereotype of Grecian pottery, while an Ionic column serves as either a pedestal or an ashtray.
Meanwhile, decorative objects include the busts Man and Poppea, along with two large and sensual ‘bronzes’ inspired by the famous sculptures of Riace. Vases take the shape of male and female heads inspired by the ceramics of Caltagirone, while a cup and an ‘amphora’ jar show battle decorations and love scenes.