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These Blocky Pastel Pieces By Studio Nucleo Will Make You Do a Double Take

When we first saw these pieces by the Turin-based collective Studio Nucleo, we thought they were miniatures. Between the pastel colors and the blocky Tetris aesthetic, we understood them, at first, to be maquettes, studies for a larger project. But after looking twice, judging them by the details of the garage they were photographed in (and, more recently, seeing the pieces with a human for scale) we realized they were the real deal — called Primitive, the pieces represent the 10th anniversary of a collection originally created in all white and now re-imagined in color for an ongoing exhibition at Nilufar Gallery in Milan. And they are, frankly, massive. That pink lamp, constructed from layers of cardboard, fiberglass, and resin, is taller than an average adult male; it reminds me of a piece from the Droog era of Dutch design. This is in part what is so charming about Studio Nucleo’s work in general — it makes you do a double take, to actually look at it from every angle trying to decipher its inspirations and how it was put together, like all good design should do.

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