Ruggero Asnago's Neritagli: Imaginary Creatures and Portable Design

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Ruggero Asnago's Neritagli: Imaginary Creatures and Portable Design

Italian designer Ruggero Asnago's Neritagli collection shows how flat 2D objects can be used to create unique 3D stories. As design often does, the project naturally evolved from its original intent. He started crafting the creatures simply with scissors and paper, creating small imaginary animals for fun. He saw the potential in the objects, and referenced Munari's idea of "sculture da viaggio" (portable design) as inspiration.

Neritagli became a series of plexiglass cutouts to assemble and form a personal zoo and then evolved further into a larger-scale, constructed exhibit. The creatures also hint at existing species, but leave enough to the imagination to develop their own personalities. Despite the change in size and material, Ruggero believes that they still maintain their original, playful intent.

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Design, Neritagli, animal
Design, Neritagli, animal
Design, Neritagli, animal
Design, Neritagli, animal
Design, Neritagli, animal
Design, Neritagli, animal
Design, Neritagli, animal

At his blog, he also shares some conception and progress shots, where we're able to see the evolution from two-dimensional sketch to three-dimensional object and character.

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Design, Neritagli, animal
Design, Neritagli, animal
Design, Neritagli, animal
Design, Neritagli, animal
Design, Neritagli, animal
Design, Neritagli, animal

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