In the heart of Milan, is born a space dedicated to young talents and to new companies. Is called UN1CO and for all design enthusiasts the name is not new. This ambitious project was born in Bologna a year and a half ago, as a concept store obtained from a large disused lighting laboratory: unique and very special pieces are still produced here today, small accessories and furnishing accessories created by the talent of young designers, who, however, always have an eye on eco-sustainable philosophy and the use of recycled materials. And this is precisely the concept that also transpires from the temporary store in Milan: here among bags made with seat belts and mugs that can be customized according to the mood, you can also find a beautiful armchair made exclusively of car tires.
“The workshop” in Bologna, where these unique pieces are studied and produced, was a former chandelier factory: this detail is not negligible, given that many of the works presented at the store in Via San Carpoforo in Milan, are lamps and light points obtained from objects used in everyday life, like a blender or an old corded telephone.
UN1CO it is not a simple shop, nor a sophisticated showroom, but a real construction site in progress with the aim of offering young Italian designers and artists the opportunity to exhibit and sell their creations, which are difficult to position on the market due to their extraordinary uniqueness.
This project was born from the creativity and experience of Alessandro Schvili, famous artist and author of Ilil ceramics, with the collaboration of Giorgia Schvili, his mother, who for 40 years was the creative soul of the Emmanuel Schvili label.
But how are the “small works of art” exhibited in the UN1CO space chosen? First, they must respect the canons of unobtainable piece, uniqueness And craftsmanship: three fundamental factors to make a simple object an original creation.
The ambitions of Alessandro and Giorgia aim high: the project born in Bologna, wants to become a real traveling event throughout Italy and also reach Europe, to bring the Made in Italy signed by young and promising artists to an increasingly vast and varied audience.
Yes, because the creations of UN1CO are really aimed at everyone: from the eclectic boys who want to furnish their home, to the chic lady who is looking for something extraordinary at an attractive price.
The temporary store in Milan offers only a small part of what is instead present in the large laboratory in Bologna, but the philosophy of the brand emerges in each exhibited object. Here you can find small objects, like real furnishing accessories: from handmade greeting cards, to paintings created with the installation of beautiful chandeliers, from the most eccentric necklaces to tree-shaped hangers.
UN1CO is a magical place, where creativity finally finds the right space.