JCP Universe
(2016 —)

Inhaling the future, exhaling the past; spoiling the ticking of time by creating the impossible. Stories that make you reflect on their true meaning giving life to creations of worlds unseen. JCP is an imaginative universe that transforms our normality by encouraging us to reflect on our own way of life, here on Earth. JCP is an eclectic brand that aims to change the design status quo in a revolutionary way.

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Contemporary Murals
(2015 —)

The mural is the oldest painting technique, because walls were the first painting surface that humans worked on. In the contemporary era, mural art finds in wallpapers a partner: both of them stand on walls and both of them need water and paint to take shape. Having this in mind we developed wallpapers that take over the role of old murals, becoming site specific artworks accessible to many. For each…

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Hybrid
(2010 —)

CERAMIX ART COLLECTION CeramiX is a series of ceramic objects reflecting on the historical production of Chinese and European porcelain and its’ centuries of cross-fertilisation between Western and Eastern aesthetics. China has a long tradition in the production of ceramics and especially porcelain and Europe has for many centuries tried to copy the Chinese in that field. Nowadays our world is invaded by Chinese products that in most cases attempt to…

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Metrica
(2017 —)

A collection of objects designed by CTRLZAK studio for the Italian brand MOGG. The pieces are composed by iron rod in burnished or titanium finishings, with glass shelves in bronze or green reflective finish. The simple structure utilizes the industrial processing of the cadenced rod, in diverse diameters, according to a rhythmic partition. The essential volume is delineated thanks to the match of straight lines: the rhythm is punctuated by…

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Oniro Lab
(2020 —)

ONIRO Lab is the place in which the Group’s capacity to understand and generate dreams finds its greatest outlet. Every project is an occasion push the boundaries, to explore and investigate meaningful experiences; ONIRO Lab is a unique opportunity to generate culture and expand its limits. Discover more on : onirogroup.it LIBRARY OF DREAMS (2022 Milan Design Week)Dreams have always played a central role…

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Ekies Resort
(2017-2022)

CTRLZAK studio was asked by ekies all senses resort, a member of the Design Hotels collective, to give a deeper meaning to the hotel’s identity. Inspired by Chalkidiki’s special ecosystem, where rounded stone volumes and pine trees are in direct contact with the sea, CTRLZAK studio developed creative solutions that underline nature’s presence and invite visitors to reflect on their relationship with it. EXTERIOR SPACES AND TREEHOUSEThe typical…

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Erba Del Chianti
(2022)

Rurality is the new luxury. Nowadays we finally understand that our actions influence everything around us and that we need a new sustainable lifestyle that is slower and more conscious. A lifestyle connected to nature on more than one level. Erba del Chianti is a brand that promotes exactly this lifestyle having as a paradigm the prodigious plant of Cannabis. A plant both practical and spiritual that can accommodate many of our needs and the cultivation of which…

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Re-Live Centre
(2020-2021)

Re-Live is a novel pain treatment centre located in the north of Greece in the city of Ioannina. The centre’s approach, under the guidance of Dr Patty Gatziani, Algiatrist and specialist in physical medicine and rehabilitation, aims to comfort and manage pain placing focus on educating patients to acquire body awareness and improve their lifestyle. For this special project CTRLZAK was asked to come up with a solution that would…

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Artifacts for JCP Universe
(2016-2020)

Inhaling the future, exhaling the past; spoiling the ticking of time by creating the impossible. Stories that make you reflect on their true meaning giving life to creations of worlds unseen. JCP is an imaginative universe that transforms our normality by encouraging us to reflect on our own way of life, here on Earth. JCP is an eclectic brand that aims to change the design status quo in a revolutionary way.

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Extincto
(2015-2020)

EXTINCTO is a research project on the issue of species extinction and the loss of biodiversity. Extinction by definition is the end of an organism or of a group of organisms (taxon), normally a species. Most great extinction events in the past are caused by ’normal’ evolutionary dynamics (glaciations, volcanic eruptions and other unpredictable natural events such as the collision of an asteroid) but the long course of extinctions is…

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Form Follows Meaning
(2017)

Form Follows Meaning is a book exploring CTRLZAK Studio’s work from its inception in 2009 until 2017. A careful selection of paradigms from the studio’s projects takes the reader on an unexpected journey to humanity’s diverse cultural pasts, on contemporary society’s ironic present and proposing a future of a conscious world that realises its place in the cosmos. With critical essays by: M. Arapoglou, C. Morozzi & A. Zanchetta Book design: …

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Unseen
(2016)

The Unseen project explores the microorganisms found in food and water but normally invisible to the naked eye. The project is based on the enlarged representation of certain radiolarians and mycetes that were carefully selected and arranged in order to be printed on fabric. The patterns created for aprons, kitchen towels, tablecloths and napkins are thus inspired by the micro-ecosystem that we live with every day. At the same time…

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Precious
(2015)

Since ancient times people have come up with ways to safekeep their most precious possessions. Centuries ago in Greece and Rome, Egypt and even China containers with intricate mechanisms were devised all with one purpose: safeguard their content. Safes and vaults are still used nowadays and are now more intricate and complex than ever, even though the basic concept is still unchanged. CTRLZAK’s research on the subject took the object’s…

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Paradigms Of A Hybrid World
(2015)

CTRLZAK studio is known, among other things, for its hybrid modus operandi. The studio has realised throughout the years a series of works examining various scenarios of a ’hybrid future’. Starting from the history of porcelain and moving on to the world of textiles the various projects undertaken focused primarily on two ancient cultures: the European and the Chinese. A selection of this body of work was presented at Spaziootto a Sino-Italian space in…

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Timeless
(2015)

Time is something that cannot be seen, cannot be touched, smelled or be tasted. How is it then that we can visualise this vague concept within the physical space that we perceive with our senses? Hegel in the first section of his book “The Philosophy of Nature” (§257) says: “Space ‘is’ time, that is time is the ‘truth’ of space”. In other words time gives life to space as it…

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Femme Fanatique
(2014)

Femme Fanatique is a space dedicated to the world of tango. Femme Fanatique’s shoes are designed with passion and are entirely handmade by specialized artisans. CTRLZAK’s design presents these exact elements, interpreting the essence and the posture of the dance while emphasizing at the same time the process and the quality of the product. Technique and improvisation, discipline and creativity are the elements that within the space of an embrace form…

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Cross(Me)Knot
(2014)

Known for its hybrid modus operandi, CTRLZAK studio has been invited by carpet producer cc-tapis to work on a collection that reflects traditional values recomposing them in contemporary forms. The result of this collaboration is the collection of three carpets Cross(me)Knot, one piece of which was initially presented at Maison & Objet and Domotex, where it won the Best Innovation award. The collection enhances the company’s philosophy by merging traditional processes with current cultural issues. Cross(me)Knot combines…

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iMuseum
(2013)

iMUSEUM is a concept store located in the island of Mykonos which brings together historical replicas from various Greek archaeological museums. CTRLZAK studio is responsible for the entire design concept, which can be broken down to three main axes: stratification, excavation sites and museological representation. These themes where approached in different ways independently and then grouped together through the use of materials/colours and lighting. The central display area consists of…

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Monumentale
(2013)

MONUMENTALE is a collection inspired by the Italian architectural heritage. The collection aims to promote cultural knowledge and the familiarization with Italian heritage around the table through a series of different designs. Each object is characterized by a particular pattern corresponding to different floor plans and elevations of buildings selected for their historical value and location in the Italian territory. The collection has won the first prize awarded by the…

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Transubstantia Paganus
(2013)

The culinary act, seen as an occasion of encounter, has been the first form of ritual: a pagan customary practice that has transcended to what is known as the Christian sacrament of the Eucharist. “Take and eat, this is my body; I am the bread of life, he who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty.” According to Christian…

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Quartz
(2013)

Nature with its astonishing perfect geometry has always been the primary source of inspiration for most forms of creative projects. QUARTZ is a system that couples two-dimensional pentagonal and hexagonal wooden structures, which develop in three dimensions following natural crystalloid formations.The geometric volumes are covered with ecological fabrics in mixed colour variations producing an end result that resembles more a wild microhabitat than an armchair. The Quartz armchair is produced…

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Hic Et Nunc
(2012)

An exhibition specifically conceived for the space of the Moroni mansion in Bergamo old town with the scope of discovering and reliving it through a multitude of viewpoints. The Hybrid porcelain collection, the CeramiX Art collection, the fabrics of the Flagmented project and a sound installation designed specifically for the occasion interact with the traditional furnishings and objects already present in the space. Within the halls of the palace the…

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Flagmented
(2012)

Flagmented is a series of works which integrate traditional fabrics from two diverse cultures, the European and the Chinese, blending them to form a single textile. The project represents a possible future able to surpass normal cultural borders and expressions. Classical European embroidery and Toile de Jouy are coupled with traditional Chinese fabrics forming unique pieces that stitch together the two diverse realities. The unexpected results mark a new era…

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Reverse
(2014)

This project was focused on the historical chair archetypes that even through their multiple variations maintain their original character up today. An interesting example of parallel archetype design is found between the Rocchetto style European chair and the Deng gua (Lamp hanger) Chinese chair. Both chairs have existed for centuries and were used initially by the rich as general use chairs, ending up eventually in common people’s houses where they…

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D\Zen
(2011)

On a mountain near a Buddhist temple Thanos & Katia discovered a peculiar practice: tiny sticks placed underneath massive boulders, appearing to support them but too small to bear the stone’s weight. Three years later this has been the inspiration for CTRLZAK’s D\Zen project, in which this meeting of great weight and delicacy takes the form of two different pieces of furniture. In the past it is probable that these…

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CeramiX Design Collection
(2010)

CeramiX is a series of ceramic objects reflecting on the historical production of Chinese and European porcelain and its’ centuries of cross-fertilisation between Western and Eastern aesthetics. China has a long tradition in the production of ceramics and especially porcelain and Europe has for many centuries tried to copy the Chinese in that field. Nowadays our world is invaded by Chinese products that in most cases attempt to imitate those…

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Waterness
(2010)

Waterness is an installation about water, conceived by CTRLZAK studio in collaboration with JCP Universe,  for the ‘‘Design on Water’’ exhibition by Luisa via Roma, on the river Arno. The installation enhances the essence and the importance of water in its multiple forms. The visitor becomes involved using all his senses in an experiential journey of transparencies and reflections. To look, listen and taste water are some of the implemented actions…

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Remeditate
(2009)

A series of items inspired by the medical world reflecting upon the symbolic and functional issues of objects. Users are invited to coexist with atypical pieces that one would find difficult to accept in everyday life, undoubtedly disassociated from the usual concept of well-being. Tables, chairs and lamps are ‘afflicted’ with diverse pathologies; an ironic operation which goes beyond the aesthetics of the products and refers to the ephemeral conditions…

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