A DESIGN APPROACH
Stefano Mursia’s work is clearly related to iconography. Aquarama, Florida, California are not just famous brands, but they are also “objects of affection” that become inspirational themes. There is a wide adhesion in the relationship with these icons which concerns not only the design technique but also a broader philosophy of life.
Stefano Mursia’s design, as in many cases in the automotive and nautical world, is a “profile” design, where the line is the main protagonist. Line becomes a synthesis between memory and advice rather than a limit of the surface. The original idea lies in this capacity to recognize in the world, the sign, probably hidden, that can define a new form.
Maybe these objects usually live longer in time than in space. In fact, they are based on memories and evocations, they have a narrative dimension before a material evidence. They are cinematographic objects thanks to their capacity to suggest memories and ancient times, but also shelters for imagination.
The attendance and passion for those worlds that do not belong to interior design’s one has suggested unique constructive techniques and approaches. Like Carlo Mollino brought into the world of interior design his experience in aviation, in Mursia’s work we can find techniques and materials typical of the automotive and nautical world rather than furniture.
Another interesting aspect is the handwork and the relationship with materials, brought by the designer's long experience in the world of art and conservation of cultural heritage. Like in the traditional sculpture where objects take shape while creating them, so prototypes entirely handcrafted are not the result of strict design coordinates, but rather kind of adventures in which the hand of the designer “listens” to materials and proceeds sometimes by unexpected paths.