My previous study of Art History seems to be a very valuable background that helps me to come up with different concepts. You could find a presence of ready-made,arte poveraor surrealism in my work. I like to play and combine art and design. What fashion is, or what fashion may be, does not inspire me – I prefer to work from an idea, thought, form or a specific characteristic. Usually it starts when I see some interesting ready made object. Ideas of how to transform that object come out automatically.Designing process is an adventure in which I often get surprised with the end result.
Laboratorio Donà is a fashion and art studio where a unique synthesis takes place. Impact of Belgian fashion design, with the power of its visions and particular aesthetics, merges with the Italian artisanal tradition that strives to perfection in every detail.Patrizia’s work is a confluence of visual art and design, and all of her fashion projects are also research and experiments as well as being suitable for production in smaller or larger series of wearable objects and accessories. Donà uses unconventional materials as well as found objects that awakes the senses and evoke the wonder of lost industries. The narrative quality of products has always played a mayor role in her work. Each of her creation tells a tale.In 2012 Patrizia Donà established her own label “Laboratorio Donà” which was renamed “Donà” in 2019. She started collaboration with different manufactures with one aim: to improve each detail to the level of excellence and to combine craft and industrial methods of production.
It is my recent collection "Qwerty", inspired by fascination with the highly aesthetical and complex mechanical object - the Remington typewriter. It is one of the earliest brands of typewriters, dating from 1874
Details. I am obsessed with details.I strive to to improve each detail to the level of excellence and to combine craft and industrial methods of production. “The details are not the details; they make the product.” Obsessive Attention to Detail Isn’t Crazy, It’s required said The Emes.
I will quote Bruno Munari:"Anyone who uses a properly designed object feels the presence of an artist who has worked for him, bettering his living conditions and encouraging him to develop his taste and sense of beauty”
I like to play and combine art and design. What fashion is, or what fashion may be, does not inspire me – I prefer to work from an idea, thought, form or a specific characteristic. Usually it starts when I see some interesting ready made object
My vision is to bring something unique to the table. Not just another trendy bag but an intelligent and beautiful design in every passionate detail. My products should be recognized for its original timeless design, excellence manufacturing in synergy between industrial and hand made.
I admire handicrafts. Fascination for the handicraft has been with me since my childhood. As my father comes from Murano (Venice) I grew up in the permanent presence of an artisan workshop and have an acute awareness and respect for “Lavorazioni Artigianali”.
Patrizia Donà is a successor of the long family tradition originating from the island of Murano, Venice. During her childhood, she used to spend many summers in a family manufacture, helping putting together crystal parts of Venetian chandeliers, whose production is a unique and unsurpassed process. Patrizia's father, a born Venetian from Murano, worked as a craftsman in Zagreb, where he moved for love to Patrizia's mother. His metal work was much appreciated and people used to say he had mani d'oro (golden hands). So Patrizia grew up surrounded by lavorazioni artigianali, artisanal work, in an atmosphere where striving for perfection and continuous improvement came to her naturally. Later in life, Patrizia Donà graduated from the University of Zagreb, Faculty of Philosophy, Department of Art History and Ethnology. Soon after, she moved to Rotterdam where she studied Fashion Design at the Willem de Kooning Academy. She graduated Cum Laude in 2006 whereby her final collection “Souvenirs d'Enfance – La Manufacture des Automates” was nominated for Drempelprijs Academy Award. Among her first working experiences was the one for A.F. Vandervorst in Antwerp, for whom she also worked as a stylist at fashion shows in Paris.
In 2012, Patrizia started her own label Laboratio Donà (later renamed Donà), which soon gained attention and appraisal for the “Hommage a Remington” bags, inspired by a famous typewriter.
I remember being a child, I had an impulse to demolish goods (chairs, lamps, clothes, toys) that I found not properly aesthetically made and I put the pieces back together in a way I thought they had to be done.
My creations are a confluence of visual art and design, and all of my fashion projects are also research and experiments as well as being suitable for production in smaller or larger series of wearable objects and accessories.
I think the difference between good designer and a great designer is like difference between job vs. vocation. A good designer provides accurate design with overall good quality whereas a great designer is fully “IN”. It is fascinating how the great designers, like the Eames, are obsessed with the details…they had been working over the course of 6 years refining the foot/glide on their now-classic upholstered wire chair!
I found for myself that there are 2 paths in one’s life - the inner path and the external path. The inner path is to discover who we are, our true nature, that we are all equal because we come from the same source. The external path is to discover what is your unique gift and to nourish it, cultivate and extend it to the fullest potential. My external path is design.
I will reveal my secret. My biggest dream is to design a collection dedicated to Olivetti. Few years ago I came across Negozio Olivetti (Olivetti showroom) in Venice. It was a love at the first sight. In that small place is condensed everything I admire in design: every detail speaks, while mixture of colors, materials, and forms creates a visual symphony. I want to do a project that will show my deepest appreciation for the work of two masters: Adriano Olivetti and Carlo Scarpa.
I am afraid we cannot stop the turning wheel of quick-consumption culture and mass production. I would like to see more meaningful and durable design, the revitalization of handcraft. Respect and integration of old traditional technics in contemporary language of modern technology, something that Hella Jongerius does in her projects.
To finalize a certain project means sometimes working for years on it. Doing researches, testing how a certain material behaves in a long term (after many years of use) and making constant improvement.
I think that nowadays trends set a design and that makes me sad. It should be the opposite.
It is designer’s duty and responsibility to communicate the true values and educate the society what a good quality design is and why one should buy it. In that way designers improve the quality of life of society.
I have never co-worked with other designers. I am the “one woman show” which means that I am involved in all aspects within a project. I direct and design everything: the product (bag), graphic design, packaging, presentation… and I often use my self even as a model. I do co-working with various artisans. Without their meticulously handwork my design would not be that great.
I was an introvert in my teenage years and I used to spend most of the time by myself reading bunch of books. I am still in love with literature, next to the books on design and art, I reed writers like: F.M. Dostoevsky, O. Fallaci, M. Duras…One of my collections, “Qwerty Limited” is inspired and dedicated to American poet E.E. Cummings. I made typewriter keys with fragments from his poetry and inserted them into a perforated front layer of the bag that evokes the keyboard layout.
I would say I have a cultivated eye and an innate impeccable taste. I remember in my childhood mother and I would go shopping in Venice. I usually stopped in a front of a display widow of a luxury store showing with the finger-this is what I want. My mother tried to explain that the doll or the dress was too expensive but I stubbornly insisted until she gave up. Nothing else and nothing less would not have satisfied me.
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