Acqua Alta is the italian word for the “High water”, phenomenon that occurs in the city of Venice. This project is conceived from the idea of enhancing a cultural and historical heritage that belongs to us: the city of Venice. Venice and the Venetian region are home to such craft techniques and secrets that few know how to play. Strong traditions characterize this city that has for a long time been the center of commerce and trade with the rest of the world.
Among them is the manufacturing of textiles, with a wide range of products created in the area. No less important is the Murano glass craft, and the trade of spices and essences that are precious keys to Mediterranean’s business. Acqua Alta as a tool to link all these techniques starting from a unique phenomenon. Water as transport, water as energy, water as an issue that affects the lives of citizens, leaving it’s mark. It deeply influences the life of this city, haping and surrounding it with thousands of different colors and textures. The first collection “Aqua Alta Collection”, is influenced by these findings. Aqua Alta designed by Giorgia Zanellato and Daniele Bortotto includes a series of objects strongly linked to the theme. These can be summarized in a series of textiles (fabrics), a carpet, a series of fragrances correlated with diffuser, and a table lamp.
Following the long tradition of the Venetian city in the production and commerce of luxury fabrics, there’s the development of a series of textiles. The main idea has been recreating, through the plots of the fabric, all the colors and textures that with time have appeared on the plasters and marbles scattered everywhere on the Venetian walls, due to the erosive action of sea water.
After a long research along the streets of Venice, trying to capture the most different combinations of colors gradients and textures, we developed several patterns to create a collection of textiles to be expressed in a variety of uses, from curtains to furniture covering.
The company which helped all the research and the development of these textiles has been Rubelli, deeply rooted in the Venetian territory, with a unique cultural heritage and open to new challenges such as the one proposed.
The theme of the collection inspired also the creation of a scent diffuser: a piece in Murano glass that contain the essences gradually absorbed and diffused through three ceramic biscuit cylinders. These elements are reminiscent of the “briccole”, traditional poles used in the Venice lagoon to assist in navigation.For the fragrances a Venetian perfumer, Lorenzo Dante Ferro,reinterpreted the atmospheres of the lagoon through his creations.
The intent of the collection is to translate an important and delicate issue, as an inspiration for the development of objects that fit in the contemporary living.