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MERLETTI[inter]LACE exhibition at SCI-Arc Gallery

February 15, 2008
by Canadian Architect

The SCI-Arc Gallery in Los Angeles presents MERLETTI[inter]LACE, a site-specific installation by Italian architect, fashion designer and SCI-Arc professor, Elena Manferdini

Elena Manferdini’s installation explores the intricacies of lacemaking at a scale far beyond the intimate scale commonly associated with lace. Painstaking and intricate lace is made by the knotting and intertwining of multiple threads to construct a complex surface. The dynamic dance of lacemaking is brought to the scale of the SCI-Arc Gallery.

Taking place from March 28 to May 11, 2008, Manferdini’s installation, a complex deep surface, responds to inspirations received from antique Venetian lace making. Merletti, the Italian term for lace, is an inspiration to the Los Angeles-based, Italian architect and fashion designer. Walking in the gallery, the viewer can appreciate the detail of each element that constitutes the overall form, which weaves itself along catenary supporting wires hung from above. But the work best reveals itself a surface that alternates between the two- and the three-dimensional from the view from the catwalk above the gallery, where the viewer is able to appreciate the entire interwoven, lace-like structure.

Elena Manferdini graduated from the University of Civil Engineering (Bologna, Italy) and later from the University of California, Los Angeles with a Masters in Architecture and Urban Design. She is the principle of Atelier Manferdini, an interdisciplinary design firm intent on exploring the cutting edge of computer-aided design exotic forms, applied to the fields of engineering, architecture, industrial design and fashion. For more information, please visit

Atelier Manferdini has designed for and collaborated with numerous companies including Fiat, Nike, Alessi, Guzzini, Ottaviani, Leucos, Valentino and FolliFollie. Manferdini’s architectural projects have been exhibited internationally in art and architecture museums. Most recently, her work was showcased in Skin and Bones at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles. She also teaches design studios and seminar at the SCI-Arc.

In a panel discussion on Friday, April 4th at 7:00pm, Eric Owen Moss will review Elena Manferdini’s exhibition and will discuss the similarities between working with materials related to fashion and architecture. Admission is free.

Since 2002, the SCI-Arc Gallery has invited internationally recognized architects to fabricate and install site-specific installations with a team of SCI-Arc students. Exhibitions are open daily from 10am to 6pm. Admission to SCI-Arc exhibitions is free.

For more information, please visit or call 213.613.2200 x328.

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