The Polifemo Modern Cabinet by Elena Salmistrato and De Castelli
Polifemo is a modern cabinet, an innovative aesthetical version of a piece of furniture that everyone owns in their houses. As we get to know it though, let’s meet its talented creator, Elena Salmistrato, as well.
Product interior designer and artist, Elena Salmistraro lives and works in Milan. She graduated from the Polytechnic University of Milan in 2008 and, together with the architect Angelo Stoli, she founded her own studio in 2009, where she has been working on architectural and design projects ever since.
She works as a product designer and artist/illustrator for leading companies in the creative industry, including Apple, Disney, Alessi, Lavazza, Bosa, Seletti, De Castelli, Cc-Tapis, Timberland, Replay, LuisaViaRoma, Yoox, LondonArt, Lithea, Bitossi Home and others.
Besides, she collaborates with prestigious Art and Design Galleries, such as Rossana Orlandi, Dilmos, Camp Design Gallery, Subalterno1 and Secondome.
One of her top creation is the Polifemomodern cabinet, which consists of metal and wood and has dimensions of ~h 165 cm x 85 cm x 31 cm~. Designed for DeCastelli, Polifemo is included in the Tracing Identity project curated by Evelina Bazzo.
A wooden structure, featuring an external metal coat embellished with ornamental carvings to enrich and strengthen the object’s own nature.
In the interior designer’s eyes the giant mirrors fit exactly the cupboard-container peculiarities: the large, central eye becomes a handle and the robust body is supported by slender metal legs, producing an eccentric play of weights that generates a desired “visual imbalance”.
With his oblong legs and a single big eye, the huge Cyclops, who in the Odyssey clashes with Ulysses and is made blind by his alter ego Nobody, comes back to our homes as an extraordinary piece of modern furniture.
As a scenic container, Polifemo decorates your home with great and evocative power.
Finally, Elena Salmistraro’s works have been displayed at major Italian and international design industry fairs, including Salone Internazionale del Mobile (Cosmit-Milan), Step 09 (Milano), Maison&Objet-Paris, Homi, Marmomacc (Verona), Cersaie (Bologna), Stockholm furniture and light fair (Stockholm, Sweden).