Delvis Unlimited, with its showroom in Via Minghetti 8, a few steps away from Cadorna/Triennale and Castello Sforzesco, showcases the company’s DNA where art, design and craftsmanship also come together through constant technological research, giving life to unique pieces of home furnishings. An approach that emphasises the love for art and collecting on the one hand and the careful selection of materials and production techniques on the other. A place of encounters, experience and sharing of the highest professional standards, a new point of view through which to look at new creative horizons. Of new collaborations and collections, of dialogues between art and design, of the continuous search for the beauty of imperfection and originality, we spoke with Stefano Del Vecchio, CEO-Founder of Delvis Unlimited.
In recent years there has been a strong change in the relationship between art and design, the boundaries between the two disciplines have completely changed. How does the company approach this relationship and how did the interest in the art world arise?
The line between art and design is very thin when it filters through passion, creativity and the desire to shape the soul of the objects that surround us. The language of art allows for the creation of an organic interaction between artists and furniture, giving a feeling of space made for living that tells an evolving story, from fragments of memories, curiosities and travels. It was precisely this urgent need to surround oneself with beauty, reaching distant lands, collecting young artists from all over the world to wear the lenses with which they observe life passing by, which prompted Delvis Unlimited to seek continuous contact with art. This is how drawings, sketches, projects, shapes, materials and colors are transformed into limited edition furnishings. Following the creative process and becoming a spectator is magic because you feel the force it releases, just like when you are enraptured by a work of art.
Delvis Unlimited is a collection made up of unique pieces born from the encounter of craftsmen, designers and natural materials. What is the role of craftsmanship in production and how do you marry art and design with industry?
Delvis Unlimited is the natural meeting place where art, design and a remarkable Italian craftsmanship experience blend perfectly. The artisan dimension of the project is experimented, tested and studied for years and is part of the Italian DNA of the company where today, it is the push that moves things. Everything starts from the pure experience of the craftsmen who translate the designer’s idea into a product. Sometimes, it is the craftsman himself who conceives the piece and makes his know-how available for its creation. The use of natural materials such as wood, stone, iron combined and in contrast with the artifice of the precious details used in the manufacturing, give life to a collection of furniture intended as a work of art, unlimited as the thought, the creativity and the genius of man.
Compared to others, your relationship with artists and designers is the result of continuous dialogue and research, which is essential for the uniqueness of your pieces. Which contemporary Italian artists do you work with and why?
Art is life, it is part of the world we live in, it becomes a lens through which to look at new worlds, through creativity, the unlimited part of the human being, as a being without borders. When the idea for a new collection is born, the need to create a dialogue between the piece and a work of art, between an artist and a designer, comes as an impulse. Delvis Unlimited is a world, a world that needs to be explored and this is made possible precisely by the relationship between art and design which together create a story that intertwines in the life of the pieces. For each new collection, artists have been carefully chosen who, through photographs, objects and paintings, have made it possible to create and set up the spaces in which we exhibited.
The artists we have collaborated with are:
Artist and designer of products and special environments. His projects are characterized by an unconventional and transmedial approach, which explores matter and form through unexpected functions and techniques.
Andrea Danese is an Italian director, screenwriter and art director. Famous for his works close to visual art, with an ironic and irreverent cut, he mixes political satire with art-house cinema. He also founds the experimental electronic music duo Wuthering Cats, project in which he will combine music and visual art, projecting his works in some European cities. In 2021 he wrote and directed a short film starring Isabella Rossellini and Vassili Schneider, which includes the production of the song Floodland by his experimental musical project Wuthering Cats, which has been screening by Delvis Unlimited in occasion of Artissima 2021 in Turin during the exhibition Sale Regie. Be yourself to shine.
Her works are visual elaborations, many of which are the result of mixed media, from photography to illustration. She works as a coordinator for the creative direction of commercial projects, as well as artistic productions.
Elena El Asmar
One of the founders of Madeinfilandia and Spazio C.O.S.M.O., she has participated in group and solo exhibitions in public and private spaces.
Self-taught, he began to exhibit in Turin, where he lives and works, in the early 1990’s, quickly earning a position of prominence in the new Italian painting scene. His “photographic realism” allowed him to take part to important personal and collective shows all over the world.
The art promoted by Piermattei is an attempt to compare with painting of all times, a hypothesis of reconstructing the deleted or invisible image, with the utopian idea of painting with its forms the missing parts of the frescoes.
It represents the latest generation of a dynasty of master craftsmen who since the early 1800s dedicates to Nove ceramic tradition, innovating it with a contemporary approach.
An artisan-artist with an eclectic soul who has been able to interpret in a new way the ancient tradition of art.
Known primarily as a photographer, he presents handmade tapestries made with traditional looms from Indian craftsmen. Vitturi investigates in depth the concept of collaborative practice in the creation of a work of art.
For the 2023 edition, Brera Design Week proposes a reflection on how we imagine our future, our cohesion among living beings in relation to the uniqueness of the times in which we live. What are the projects you will participate with?
Through a transversal look that investigates the present with a leap towards the future that we feel approaching our horizon, Delvis Unlimited immediately offers a different perspective to observe, creating a whirlwind of images and sensations that allow us to be overwhelmed by emotions, sensations, from the perfumes, from the shapes of the living and continuously transforming material. A continuous search for the beauty that resides in imperfection, in chance, in the very fact that we are not at the center of the universe, but that the universe is at the exact center of us.
Globetrotter, art collector, designer and entrepreneur, Stefano Del Vecchio founded Delvis in Udine in 1984. Delvis started out as an artisan reality, over the years Del Vecchio has evolved it into an international brand, preserving its original approach to the project in its DNA: a vision rooted in Italian culture that combines traditional knowledge with sophisticated techniques and meticulous attention to detail. In 2021 Del Vecchio founded Delvis Unlimited, a new furniture-design collection made in one-off or limited- edition pieces, the result of a careful selection of design techniques and solutions, combined with the collaboration with young Italian designers. The collection was born from the continuous research and desire to work on exclusive pieces, using natural materials such as wood, stone, iron combined and in contrast with the artifice of the surfaces’ precious details expertly worked by Italian craftsmen. This is what gives life to a furnishings collection as intense as works of art, Unlimited, as is the thought, creativity and genius of man.