"It is only by handling materials that we can truly notice how they behave, how they react to external stimuli."
Dodo Arslan is an Italian designer with Armenian origins, living and working between Miami and Milan. His eclectic creativity has given birth to unique pieces as well as serial productions, ranging from electronic devices to bronze fusions. A prolific designer, his output includes furniture, lighting, tableware, and even electronics. He established his own studio in 2004.
According to designboom, Dodo’s work comes from an extensive analysis of objects — disassembling them and making models to study a product’s components and materials. He explores shapes, prisms, and spheres and the idea of a frame and structure of a piece, be it a skeleton, weft, mesh or chassis.
“Arslan believes that a shape does not exist until it meets the material which enables it to be what it is and he experiments with his forms through a range of materials: from leather to metal, plexiglass to glass, from steel to carbon, from marble to polyurethane and from pyrex to pixel. His projects emerge from the combination of mechanical and anthropogenic items, divided between technology and the hand, working with the belief that a project emerges while it is being implemented, proceeding through a trial and error approach. ”
Dodo’s works have been exhibited at the National Science and Technology Museum in Milan, at the Inside Art event held at the Fondazione Arnaldo Pomodoro, and in various museums around the world. He has won several prestigious awards, including the Young&Design prize, the Mini Design Award, the Pirelli Pzero Prize, and the Art Directors Club award.
Dodo has held lectures and workshops at design faculties in Italy, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, England, and Sweden.