Primitive Collection | Nucleo by Secondome

• October 8, 2010

nucleo primitive table plusMOOD 1 Primitive Collection | Nucleo by Secondome

Primitive Collection | Nucleo, image courtesy Secondome

Nilufar e Secondome present PRIMITIVE COLLECTION | Nucleo via degli orsini 26/27 Rome | 21st of October – 20th of November 2010.

Primitive collection, designed in exclusive for Nilufar, is presented in Rome at Secondome Gallery starting from 21st of October at 6.30 pm.

Continuing the creative process, Nucleo develops a series of new elements adding fresh peculiarities to the collection.

The lines diverge and evolve, preserving the volumetric severity and the geometric solidity opening to further forms.

Primitive as primary geometric figures.
Primitive as computer language called the simplest solid objects.
Primitive as, in English, are defined original, coarse and wild objects.

+ The project

A project focusing on erasing all excess decorative style after the last neo-baroque objects created.

The project aims to fragment and destruct. To reduce aggregated forms to elementary geometry. Nothing more and nothing less than volume, crucial and bearing structure, strength and vital consistency of materials. Sofas, armchairs, tables and lamps comprise an outstanding environment in space and time.

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Primitive Collection | Nucleo, image courtesy Secondome

nucleo primitive sofa plusMOOD 02 595x398 Primitive Collection | Nucleo by Secondome

Primitive Collection | Nucleo, image courtesy Secondome

A free territory, mindful of history and, at the same time, a peace and listening place, invites one to live the present, and take the mind back to ancestral forms, to design new images and ideas.

The workmanship makes unrepeatable and unique objects: made entirely by hand without the use of presswork and finished with non-toxic resins that reveal signs and imperfections.

Living Primitive elements reflect on elementary forms used by Le Corbusier to create architectural and urban space.

The return to structure is a twentieth Century leitmotiv, with artistic avant-garde, from Cubism, to Abstract art, to Constructivism, Suprematism. The art is free from ‘enslavement’ to the subject, able to translate the motions of the human soul with the pure colour or pure form.

nucleo primitive table plusMOOD 01 595x398 Primitive Collection | Nucleo by Secondome

Primitive Collection | Nucleo, image courtesy Secondome

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Primitive Collection | Nucleo, image courtesy Secondome

In “Spiritual in Art”, Kandinsky devotes many pages to elementary figures, Malevic entrusts artistic representation of a single subject, the famous Black Square on a white background.

“Arte Povera” of the Sixties and the current “minimal” expression in art and design are a ceaseless research into the great depths that the simple form does have.

Primitive is a tribute to this research, and, retaining the double meaning of rationalism and geometric primordial spontaneity, evoking the paradox, field favourite to creation.

nucleo primitive lamp plusMOOD 02 595x398 Primitive Collection | Nucleo by Secondome

Primitive Collection | Nucleo, image courtesy Secondome

+ About


Nilufar is known today as one of Italy’s most active and original galleries in the fields of historical design and antique Oriental carpets and furniture. The gallery–now housed in a three-storey space on Milan’s prestigious via della Spiga–was founded by Nina Yashar in 1979 and, since then, has presented exhibitions of an unmistakable style: always eclectic, and always to be read in novel, unexpected ways.

November 2006 saw the opening of the exhibition Short Cuts: a fascinating collection of different designers and pieces, Ignazio Gardella, Piero Fornasetti, Gaetano Pesce, Jacques Adnet and Paul Evans, just to mention a few. Once merged and linked together, they give a unique rich mosaic work. “Many small short cuts turn into a beautiful full-length film.”

Nilufar’s first exhibitions were dedicated to Persian carpets, kilims, and gabbehs (from southern Persia), to Chinese and Tibetan carpets, and also to European Aubusson carpets. In 1988, Nilufar presented furnishings and carpets by Alvar Aalto, Hans Wegner and Arne Jacobsen, thus beginning its exploration of the juxtapositioning of rugs and furnishings from diverse epochs and regions of the world–an exploration which then was to find its natural continuation in the Crossings exhibitions of 1999 and 2000. 2001 delivered a review of the work of the French rationalists in the years preceding and following the Second World War (Adnet, Jansen, Leleu, Motte, Old, Perriand and Prouvé) and also presented three silicone carpets realized especially for Nilufar by Gaetano Pesce.

In 2002, the exhibition Objets d’affection introduced Italy to the work of Roger Tallon. Why, of 2003, explored the tension between rationalism and intuition in the projects of Borsani, Aalto, Boyer, Buzzi, Juhl, Mollino, Moos and Pergay. Gallery, in 2004, flanked an important group of objects and furnishings by Gio Ponti with the work of the great American designer Paul Evans. October 2005 saw the opening of the exhibition Metropolis: The Birth of a Style for the Global Cities, 1940–1980, with works by Josef Frank, James Mont, Jordan Mozer and Lino Sabattini.


Secondome is a Design Gallery based in the historic center of Rome. In 2008 it became Editor and was founded Secondome Edizioni. Located in the prestigious Palazzo Boncompagni the space of the Gallery Secondome, designed by the architect Claudia Pignatale, is a design container in its purest form in which the objects will be the only players. The Gallery concentrates on discoveries in the world of design, dedicates itself to new designers and innovative projects, focuses on independent Italian producers as well as on the editions that Secondome produces, promotes and exports around the world. In 2010 Secondome has exibited at Design Miami/Basel the collection Cut&Paste commissioned to Kiki Van Eijk, young dutch designer.

Claudia Pignatale, architect, is a businesswoman in her 30’s who wanted to express in material form her passion for art and design. Claudia’s mission: that Secondome become a center of attraction and attention for design for central Italy, bring Rome onto the international design scene and export design and italian creation around the world.

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Nucleo is a collective of four artists directed by Piergiorgio Robino, created in 1997 at Turin, Italy. Nucleo is an interdisciplinary team work as a multi-platform, active in contemporary art, design and architecture fields.

Nucleo works, able to find a contact point between art and design, were exhibit all over the world – at the MoMa of New York, at the Beaubourg of Paris, at the Triennale Design Museum of Milan -.

Nucleo is the synonym of research, innovation, introspection, we continues to inspire by the contemporary reality freely and sometimes ironically.

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