FOGHILE | SCENARI NURAGICI, objects for new rituals

Foghile | Scenari Nuragici is a collection of objects designed by Alessia Pinna, a product designer born and raised on a small island in Sardinia. With an education between Florence, Milan and Barcelona and a work experience in Berlin, Alessia is fascinated by everyday objects, by the way they influence our lives. With her practice she wants to exploit their functional and communicative potential to address issues and open up a dialogue.

Foghile, for example, was born from two aspects observed by the designer: the first is that, nowadays, frenetic rhythms often imposed by work or various personal commitments, prevent us from creating and maintaining daily rituals that we can share with others, even with the people we live with. The second is to rediscover one’s own roots with their history and tradition.



Foghile draws inspiration from the ancient Nuragic population of Sardinia and proposes the recovery of some values such as sharing through the use of objects and new gestures that necessarily put us in relationship with other people. The result is a collection of three table objects, Cumbira, Bordiri and Innantis, which favor slowness, rituality, but favor interaction through sharing and offering food. The use of objects wants to make us reflect on the actions we do every day spontaneously such as pouring water, sharing bread. The designer wants to lead the user to look at the details of everyday life with new eyes and experience them as a new opportunity for exchange.

The Foghile objects were created in collaboration with various Sardinian artisans: Walter Usai, Alessandra Floris, Roberto pani and Salvatore Pinna. Going into the details of the collection we can find:

  • Cumbira, in the Sardinian language Cumbirai means to share, is a jug with a particular shape that imposes the user to pour the drink into two glasses at the same time. This gestures reflects the necessity to think ourselves always in relation with the others, to remind us that we share the same needs and also to maintain a connection between people even when they’re not talking but sitting at the same table.
  • Innantis, forward in the Sardinian language, is inspired by the offering bronzes, particular votive bronzes that were represented with arms outstretched and a gift in their hands. These gifts were donated to thank the ancestors for what they had built over time and in general as a good omen for the future.
  • Bodiri, which in Sardinian means to collect, functions as bread container and also allows it to be broken and shared: the bread can be divided by hand by pressing on the wooden lid. According to past belief, bread should never be cut with a knife but should always be broken by hands, otherwise it would have brought unluck to the family. In Sardinia, carasau bread has ancient origins and due to its shape and consistency it’s still being broken by hands.

Alessia Pinna was inspired by her origins to design a collection of objects with a contemporary and strongly symbolic functionality and aesthetics. For more information or to purchase a piece from the collection, visit Foghile | Scenari Nuragici and don’t forget to follow the designer on Instagram!
Photo courtesy Alessia Pinna


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