Élitis and Studiopepe have joined forces to design a collection of outdoor fabrics. The creations are inspired by radical architecture, conceived as a means to change the world, to be the spokespersons of a utopian vision. To create the Archiutopia collection, the Studiopepe design agency crossed its conceptual approach with the know-how of the Élitis publishing house. Together, they opened up a field where the creations explore the languages of a visionary architecture and are above all tactile. A three-dimensional fabric has even been added to accentuate sensory perception. The names of the designs are each linked to one of Italo Calvino’s “Invisible Cities”. In the spirit of these imaginary cities, they offer a meditation on the nature of human experience.

“The object was there, appearing out of nowhere. It bore the mark of man’s hand and made a statement different from the rigid models of society. It sought infinite freedom, an experimental and changing world.”

The designs of these outdoor fabrics have also been conceived to make a strong aesthetic statement indoors. Throughout their patterns, they feature a repeating architectural iconography: stairs, doors, buildings, organized in ever changing geometries.

The collections are visible from May 7 in preview on the Élitis and Studiopepe social networks and available on their websites from May 15. An Archiutopia website is also dedicated to the collaboration.

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Interview: Archiutopia, a project by Studiopepe and Élitis – English version from Motel409 on Vimeo.