Finally I had the chance to find MAME Milano, a tiny, cozy shop, where big projects come to life. A place for orientalist collectors, where architects and designers can practice with workshops and find inspiration. The owner, L. C. just opened few weeks ago and together with her partner, through a solid experience in decoration of ambience, can manage to decorate your house, restaurant, office and other ambience.
In MAME you can also find inspiration for your own projects: there is a display of many hand crafted furniture and arwork collections with a peculiar style from Asia. MAME is a hub where every arts’ seeker will feed its passion.
You can find accesories and rare pieces from China, statues and ceramics from Thailand and paintings from Japan as well.
Check the gallery below:
MAME is in downtown Milan, Italy, in Via Pier Capponi 4 very near subway station Wagner of the red line.
Few weeks ago I happen to visit a little shop in Milan, Italy specialized in Asian furnitures, tableware and decoration: MAME Milano.
There is a wonderful collection, but a couple of vases attracted then my attention: some of them looks like made in a style that recalls Japanese taste for vases, but indeed I found they are made in Italy! The author or, better, the ceramic master is Polly Ceramics.
However, I have had the chance to call and meet her the week after my visit to MAME. She gave me a wider view on her art projects and inspiration that nowadays comes from a globalized world, but with a particular attention to the process and sustainable business. By travelling and collecting small amount of clay and material in Italy, for example near rivers and caves, Polly is keen in portraying nature in a variety of shapes, her style is organic but always with attention to the perfect harmony of lines. Her glazes are patiently developed and chosen to get special textures and effects.
That day, during a brief interview, I see her love an passion for creating unique pieces only addressed to real art collectors, not for the mass market for sure. I hope she will make her business grown for good, since I see the link between a globalized culture and love towards art in every shape. A vase, a jar and rice bowl or any ornamental shapes created by Polly Ceramics have a magical specific weight and texture; by touching them you will be given a sensorial experience that will bring your memories up to the surface of our consciousness.
However, take some time to pass by the wonderful Milan and visit MAME in via Pier Capponi 4, 20145 and see the beautiful collection of the shop, very unique in the business city of Italy.
The latest artist I happen to interview is a great Korean painter who’s searching inside her painting skills to make 3D installations.
Jaehee Kim comes from Seul at Brera’s Academy in order to experience new forms of art and reshaping her creativity by studying in Europe.
“I came here to study mosaic, but when I found out that Italian art schools keep separated different techniques such as painting or sculpture, I moved to Brera for a decoration course which tents to teach students diverse styles” She explains.
What I find gripping is the evolution of her art works from when she would live in Seoul until now, since she arrived in Italy three years ago.
“In Korea I attended painting in undergraduate and then in a Master of Art (at EWHA Womans University in 2005). But I moved to Italy because I could not stay in Seoul any longer. Coming to Italy my life has changed so much, and so is my art”.
For Jaehee the cultural gap between Korea and Italy could be seen as a cultural clash indeed.
When Jaehee shows me her paintings made in Korea, I notice how bright colors and diverse shapes play the role of main subjects.
The choice of the colors clearly transmits her mood and feelings while she was painting at that time. “As soon as I finished school and got my Master degree, the pressure put on my shoulders was unbearable. I could not paint for myself, but I was force to do it for business” Then she adds: ”I had to leave my hometown, and now, away from that pressure, I feel I can love again what I do and what I am”.
Jaehee is attending decoration course at Brera’s Academy.
“Decoration has nothing to do with painting, I know, but Brera is giving me the opportunity to work with many different materials professors and learning a wide range of techniques”.
Jaehee is taking a break from the flat world of paintings to experience the complex reality of an tridimensional installation where anyone can walk through.
“Nowaday an artist must experience different types of art. You must be able to paint, to sculpt, to project complex installations”.
The main art work accomplished by Jaehee is “Uncomfortable House” (Seoul 2010). This installation is the result of a study of her life between Korea and Italy, where daily life furniture and the cold and sharp steel of a numbers of needles creates the unreal feeling of discomfort.
The softness of our pair of slippers is pierced by thousands of needles coming up throught the soles. Then, our beloved feather’s stuffed pillow, is full of dangerous shining nails.
Imagine yourself walking in your cosy living room, but, as soon as you realized the presence of needles everywhere, you come out in goosebumps!
“The idea of this installation came to my mind while I was in Korea. I could not stay at home anymore, even if I was in my bed I could not sleep at all! I always felt the piercing sensation of discomfort. I can express my pain through this: and everyone can understand how I feel by looking at it”. It’s very true.
This art work differs a lot from her paintings: from colors on flat canvas, to a black and white’s 3D installation.
“I don’t know if this type of art is helping me coping with the pain, but I want to see how it goes on”.
Come what may, I wish Jaehee will be able to find her balance soon, and discover the warmth of the colors once again.