Mario Scairato (1989) lives and works in Milan. He graduated in Industrial Design at the IUAV/ Università della Repubblica di San Marino in 2011. He has designed for Abet Laminati, Alessi, Danese Milano, Dnd, Internoitaliano and Moleskine.
The IKI handle has a palindromic structural form: the profile in the view from above is identical to that of the frontal view, but reversed by 180 degrees. An elegant, essential form in which the clean angles generate a mutable volume that concludes with semi-circular forms and suggests the proper grip with its frontal profile. The concept of balance between opposites derived from Japanese philosophy has prompted to choose the name IKI – another palindrome – which means “simple, sophisticated, spontaneous.
Designed with Alessandro Stabile
135 x 57 mm – h 31 mm
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A solid ash chair with a seat entirely hand-woven in paper cord. Buri, although inspired by the typical Italian popular chair known as “friulana” – a recurrent furnishing element in many Italian homes, restaurants and trattorias – has here gained autonomy from the archetype thanks to a more generous seat and sophisticated details that express high quality craftsmanship, such as the grafting of the crosspieces of the backrest that are harmoniously connected with the vertical elements of the chair.
Solid ash and paper cord
440 x 480 mm – h 770 mm
Novi is a handmade terracotta centrepiece inspired by the Pofi vase holders. Novi clearly embodies the synthesis between Italian artisan values and design. The simplified shape compared to traditional Italian ceramic pottery, as well as the use of bright plain colours for glazing, make Novi a significant presence in dining rooms and even on the most modern of tables.
430 x 430 mm – h 85 mm
Tornatore (in honour of the “Buffalo” of the Azienda Agricola Barlotti) is a mozzarella knife made by Coltelleria Berti for Paestum Experience. The flavours and aromas of the cheeses change from the edge of the shape to the centre. To cut the mozzarella and to taste it in all its flavours, you need a thin and fine steel blade to sink into the mozzarella without tearing it.
The handle, in polymethyl methacrylate, has a pleasant hold and the characteristic zoomorphic shape means that the blade does not touch the surface on which it is resting.
Steel and polymethyl methacrylate
230 x 10 mm – h 24 mm
The collection is inspired by the Doric style of Paestum: the groove becomes a decoration in dishes, bowls and a special mozzarella container. Sturdy, concrete and colourful, this family of dishes is created for the everyday home table, with in mind the atmospheres and the friendliness of southern Italy.
Designed with Alessandro Stabile
Ronca (roncola in the Cilento dialect).
In the Permanent Museum of Rural Life in Paestum, among the various bill-hooks on display, I was struck by a two-headed model, with its gorges mirrored and positioned at different heights. There are many possible reasons for this unique shape: having a spare blade, grabbing distant branches or those with wide stems, being able to cut on two sides. I thought that all these intelligent aspects could be the object of a contemporary design: I tried, therefore, to merge the two heads in a single body balancing it in form and proportion while maintaining the original functions.
The design of the new Moleskine Smart Pen was conceived with the aim of merging the dual soul of the pen, digital and analogue. An analogue writing experience, but also a digital one, because every stroke of the pen is captured in real time and immediately transferred to your device and to endless apps and services connected through the “Moleskine Notes” app. This dual functionality is highlighted and enhanced by the unique oblique shape of the tip.
Designed with Alessandro Stabile
Extruded aluminium and injection plastic
12 x 14,5 mm – h 160 mm
Made of white Carrara marble, this is an unusual and surprising seat: marble is rarely used for this type of chair, which is unexpectedly comfortable and welcoming. Rounded corners and soft shapes characterise Snob to lighten it from the formal point of view, while the armrests are an ingenious detail to facilitate movement.
Snob is the result of a research project on the theme of the marble seat, created for Marmi Sacco. An artistic direction that involved me in first person: I invited Alessandro Stabile and Studio Sovrappensiero to try their hand at the subject and the chairs were exhibited during Design Week 2018 in the Officina 22 space, in the Brera Design District.
550 x 550 mm – h 750 mm
The tangible and natural extension of Paestum Experience was to create a collection of souvenirs for the Capaccio Paestum area.
Thanks to the help of Marina Santomauro, I was able to open a small exhibition space in the square in Paestum.
Here, we cyclically present exhibitions and events that we handle and produce: projects that are always related to the city and its cultural knowledge. It is an active, changing and proactive place, where souvenirs from the Paestum Experience collection are sold, designed by many friends, colleagues and made by local craftsmen.
I am responsible for the artistic direction, the curation and the organisation of all the exhibitions and activities that we offer at Spazio Paestum.
Six interpretations for Christmas in Paestum.
Piazza Basilica in Paestum, since I opened Spazio Paestum, has become my “office”. There I meet friends, clients and people from all over the world.
I’ve always imagined an installation in this small and delightful square and through a series of strange circumstances, the Paestum merchants’ committee asked me to create an installation for Christmas 2017.
I imagined contemporary “Columns” contextualised in a classic landscape like the one in Paestum.
We designed six red columns, 3 m high, made of polystyrene and placed in the centre of the square for the entire Christmas period.
h 300 cm
Cave and Gioi are a seat and an outdoor table made entirely in terracotta.
The choice of a natural material such as worked clay to become terracotta together with a processing technique, that of the millennial manual production of jars – amphorae used in ancient times for the preservation of food and wine – have inspired the search “for an object that could live in symbiosis with nature, both domesticated and not, but above all one that could gain charm as it ages.
Cave: 400 x 330 mm – h 420 mm
Gioi: 700 x 700 mm – h 700 mm
Terracotta pot for small plants that decorate the spaces of our homes. The crafts technique of turning enhances the simple, unique details. The colored and glazed collar “frames” the plant and offers an easy grip, triggering an original contrast with the very natural look of the external terracotta.
155 x 155 mm – h 10 mm
A container of small things, Tino examines the shape and uses of the typical wicker basket. Characterised by a formal play between symmetry and asymmetry, its edge can also support tall objects.
180 x 180 mm – h 185 mm
The 05 works on the shape of the lid, equipped with a circular neckline in undercuts that are impossible to obtain through traditional moulds.
The notch allows for a lanyard to pass through and hang the pen around the neck and, bending at the end, generates a thin pocket clip.
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SLS sintered nylon
13 x 16 mm – h 128 mm
The Cab is my favourite means of transport.
Natural solid cedar wood
160 x 75 mm – h 84 mm