Enrica Cavarzan and Marco Zavagno in a Conversation About Conversation
Enrica Cavarzan: This is a project that tells about light, color and imagination. It was realized as a collection of lamps, made by combining different slabs of cast (glazed) glass, which merge different shades of color and temperature, highlighting the highest level of craftsmanship. Each lamp is created by simultaneously casting and shaping two different slabs of colored glass, to create a unique object made of light and transparency.Dune is a study of glass glazing and a different shades of light.
Marco Zavagno: one of the most engaging aspects of this project was the possibility of testing a known technique (glass glazing), while adding an element of complexity to the manufacturing process and forcing all the players to ask questions and take risks.
EC:Dune is a great example for explaining our method of work, since it’s articulated in two different steps, first research and then design. These two steps are merged together to create functional objects, resulting from the intuition of two different minds working towards the same goal.
Each Zaven project does not belong only to me or to Marco. We never recognize the self in it, always the ensemble. Working on “The Conversation Show” made us think about the stratification of our work, about how we collect images and references, about how we move from sketches to maquettes, on about how we get to the final product.
MZ: At the beginning of the project we always have different approaches, so we start drawing a lot and taking notes. We cover the table with sketches made with a black pen on sheets of white A4 paper. We are a bit messy at this stage... then we start sharing these ideas, and we can get really critical about each other’swork, but always in a constructive way.
It is at this phase of the process that we shift from the concept to the physicality of the project, making small models out of paper or wood, so that it becomes real.
EC: Our project in “The Conversation Show” includes different proofs: Materials and tests, maquettes and samples. Also included are some footage of the glazing process, some big silkscreen prints, other smaller sketches and found objects, and tools useful for understanding the project and stimulating new possibilities and thoughts.