Fruit Ninja is the first Australian project for the Italian duo Mathery (Erika Zorzi and Matteo Sangalli), who moved to Melbourne four months ago, after eight months of scouting in Australia, during which they collected design ideas. This housewares collection is entirely handmade in Melbourne. It transforms the fruit peel’s short term function as a natural container into a long-life one.
The vessels explore and reintroduce the natural textures of the fruit, every object is a unique resin reproduction of a model realised from fruit peels. Fruit was carefully selected among dozens of fruit markets and minutely cut into geometric shapes then reassembled as objects. The production of the mould has to be as fast as possible to maintain the freshness and the texture perception of the fruit.
The collection comprises an Orange jar, an Avocado vase, a Banana bowl and Rock Melon coasters, and is available on an online store and by some stores in Melbourne.
The first project signed by Mathery (Erika Zorzi and Matteo Sangalli) was created in 2010. The Italian duo believed in the potential of design in a way to communicate and express thoughts and in the power of certain types of materials charged with new functions. Mathery is a multidisciplinary design studio that works on a large variety of projects from product and industrial design to video and photography.
They experimented their creativity together for the first time in 2009 at the first year of the product design bachelor’s course at NABA (New Academy of Fine Arts) in Milan. In 2010 they opened a blog, in which during 100 days, they turned 100 immediate and sometimes irrational ideas into touchable objects. In few days the blog reached about 6000 access per day and they realized their work on the blog, initially born like a joke, could have been turned into something special.