The old man
and the sea
Product for Fabrica
Inspired by the Abbey of San Fruttuoso, Camogli, Genova. A fishing village in a deep cove of the Ligurian coastline, approachable only by boat or after a 90-minute walk from Portofino. This is San Fruttuoso, a place that speaks of shelter, of legends, of the sea. This piece is part of a series of objects designed by the young talents of Fabrica. In their own intimate personal way, each designer translated their tour of the most fascinating FAI properties into a three-dimensional form. The designers spent time observing the architecture, surrounding landscapes, the traits of the historic residents and their stories. The changing contexts of this remote sea-facing Monastery are remarkable, and deeply engrained with the
fishing community, that has defined the region since the Benedictine monks founded the monastery in the 11th century. The Room Divider structure is divided in three frames evocating the evolution of window’s shapes over the centuries, three chapters in the San Fruttuosa history – as a Monastery, a heritage project, and as a communal refuge for working fishermen. While the three frames depict the architectural changes, the materials woven inside them stand for continuity and the activity carried out here for centuries: an old fishing net, a new one, and a piece of macramé to represent the craft work done by the women in the village as they awaited the return of the fishermen.