The blooming skyline collection was inspired by the ancestral relationship between growing cities and star constellations.
Ancient peoples observed the night sky to point out stars and use them for orientation. They wanted to be closer to these stars but were afraid of the enormous space in between and therefore built their city walls and positioned their houses in relationship to the star constellations above them. Thus reflecting star constellations on earth. Inspired by this thought, Hillsideout presents furniture pieces that frame and evidence city structures. They are reverted towards the ground because they are imaginary cities built following star constellations. Historical changes in architecture are evoked through the use of wood and transparent Plexiglas for the “houses”.
The images of exotic flowers are inserted into wooden boxes. Stars and flowers are also emblematic of the relationship between the antique and the contemporary. Conquests and travels enabled humanity to discover new star constellations and vegetation, however in ancient alchemic beliefs flowers are also related to stars. For example the flowers engraved in stones in Italian architecture. Each flower is symbolic of a star.
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Hillsideout [antique art design] is a joint project by Andrea Zambelli and Nat Wilms which came to life in 2009 out of a mutual concern and discomfort for the degradation of abandoned sites in the Italian Apennines. Hillsideout expresses the need to transform the state of uselessness but also forgotten stories into practical functionality.View designer’s page