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Wine and Design: let's drink to life together with Giorgio & Luca Bonato of Hangar Fusina + FusinaLab – Hangar Fusina + FusinaLab
The beauty of transparency is absolute purity: there’s nothing, but everything at the same time and which does not allow tricks. You can see all the smallest imperfections. You cannot cheat,
This is the story of an average venetian family: former workmen who tried their luck and succeeded. In particular, it came in contact with a pioneer in the production of an innovative type of plastic made up of methyl methacrylate polymers, better known as plexiglass.
Father Giancarlo, who comes from the engineering field, established the Fusina company and specialized in the production of hard-to-find, thick plexiglass moulds. In the Seventies, together with a few friends in the design field, he discovered a new application for this fascinating material: instead of creating objects for practical use, he leverages the light spread and its refractive power and focuses on their aesthetic value. His new sculptural-objects are created, unique pieces of international scope that he started to export to the United States and led him to work with top-level designers and architects such as Angelo Mangiarotti and Bruno Munari.
After Giancarlo passed away, his sons took over. The two brothers have different talents: Giorgio is more technical, Luca is more creative. The results are the FusinaLab and the HangarFusina.
“My dad was a purist, he worked only transparent material”, says Luca; “We introduced the colour and directed the business towards new industries: we received a few requests for display objects from retailers (eyewear first, then jewellery and wine). Considering the high-level of design and execution, they are all companies from the luxury sector”.
According to Giorgio, the plexiglas is no longer an exclusivity: “It’s no longer enough for HangarFusina, so we also use wood and light-alloy metals crafted with modern technologies, such as laser. The two companies keep working together: we produce semi-finished products that Luca refines and finishes”.