In Your Face

Award-winning designer Andrew Aloisio's products

For award-winning designer Andrew Aloisio, it all started when he was a child. "Ever since I could remember, I was always in the garage either making something or breaking something... I was a big dreamer."

This inherent need to design continues to drive Aloisio today. After graduating with a B. Design in 1997, Aloisio opened his own studio and has developed products that range from a table inspired by a kimono gown to a garment made from moulded silicone.

"The work I do is all about discovering new visions and solutions, and interpreting these into real-world objects."

Aloisio's ability to find unique solutions resulted in a Peroni Young Designer Award for his Chiller Glass, a self-cooling glass perfect for beer, and he was invited to collaborate with Italian furniture brand Kartell. This resulted in a limited-edition range entitled Somewhere in Between in which Aloisio re-engineered Kartell lab products like test tubes and glass clamps into wearable art. The range won Aloisio international attention.

"Collaborating with Kartell was enjoyable because it gave me the freedom to dream without restrictions – like when you are young and free of constraints."

A sense of playfulness permeates many of Aloisio's designs. One of his latest products reinvents the humble fruit bowl by using movable wooden slats to create a "matrix" of fruit.

After working with other international brands like Swarovski and Versace Home, Aloisio is now designing for Napoleon Perdis Cosmetics and is developing his own range of quirky homeware products, describing the process as "approaching everyday concepts with a twist."

"My personal drive is to seek the best solution possible and wrestle with the idea that the design must be unique for now and tomorrow. Mediocre is not in my design vocabulary."

Words: Vanessa Marks