Superlocal — 0 miles production
Andrea de Chirico
Superlocal — 0 miles production is a global network questioning and exploring the possibility of producing everyday-life objects locally.
The network envisions a world where machines are taking care of repetitive mass-production, while humans are dedicated to non-alienated uplifting labour. Therefore, by enjoying the great digital and analogical tools that are available, it is possible to make the objects we need. Diving into every town’s living networks of people, materials and processes the project connects and prototypes new local supply chains for daily life objects. In order to play the contrast between the global and the district scale, Superlocal organises a constellation of activities around each new production, organising production tours, workshops and classes in collaboration with the local production actors. Such events are aimed at whoever wants to know more about how objects are made and experience their making processes. The objects become portals to many kinds of knowledge, from places to craftsmen, from materials to processes. The potential of Superlocal is to expand the local economy and raise awareness within local communities about what lies at their doorstep.
Andrea de Chirico was born in Rome and is based in Turin (IT). He holds an MA in Social Design from Design Academy Eindhoven and a BA in Industrial Design from ISIA in Rome. His work focuses on the intersection between conventional, traditional and modern making. He designs tools, systems and objects with social and environmental awareness, always linked with a rigorous analysis of the context. His practice is open and accessible, creating a platform to connect with different groups internationally, remodelling everyday products for different contexts.
Appointed as researcher at Free University of Bolzano from 2016 to 2019 and Designer in Residence 2016 for the Design Museum in London, Andrea’s work has been exhibited in international design fairs and museums, the Design Museum in London, the Triennale Design Museum, and Z33 House for Contemporary Art among others. De Chirico lectures in various universities and institutions such as University of Bolzano, NABA, University of West England, New Designers in London and Design Connections by the British Council.
(photo: Max Creasy)