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‘Anything one man can imagine, other men can make real.’ – Jules Verne

Dermapoliesis is a nearby future utopia, an imagined place not linked to technology but instead to organic forms. It is a world with a new flora and fauna that self-produces its own processed materials to meet the needs of the day.

Though we currently live in the technological utopian design of the 70’s and 80’s, it is one that instills a dystopian vision of the future, where robots will take our jobs and artificial intelligence will usurp our control. Matteo Cibic’s vision is the organic alternative.

Since the beginning of civilization, man has tried to subvert nature instead of harnessing the life forces that we do not wholly appreciate or understand – plants and animals with networked intelligence, emotion, the ability to communicate, regenerate, to taste and smell. In Dermapoliesis, Matteo hopes to inspire future scientists to study the organic, even reprogram the organic, in order to create new synthetic and organic materials and plants.

This is Matteo’s vision of the future – an organic environment that lives and grows, provides our furniture, clothes us and feeds us daily.

About Matteo:

Matteo Cibic is a young Italian designer and creative director. Belonging to a family with strong design traditions (grandson of the prolific Aldo Cibic), Cibic’s work is driven by an experimental approach, incorporating varied materials and production techniques as well as working with local artisans. As a result, his pieces often have hybrid functions and include anthropomorphic elements. Widely celebrated, his work has been included in several temporary and permanent exhibitions worldwide at institutions such as the Centre Pompidou in Paris, the Shanghai Glass Museum, and the Triennale Design Museum, Milan to name a few.

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