Founded in the spring of 2015 in Naples, Italy, Chapel Petrassi is a creative studio specializing in handcrafted, sculptural wood furniture and applied arts. Its cofounders, Marie-Charlotte Bassi and Diego Petroso, create furniture and objects characterized by a strong, contemporary aesthetic and bold combinations of wood in geometric shapes and vivid colors. Describing their approach, Bassi and Petroso note, “Chapel Petrassi merges different languages and visual codes such as design, contemporary art, and graphic design with a high dose of Italian craftsmanship.” All of Chapel Petrassi’s pieces are realized by master cabinetmakers at Falegnameria Petroso, an Italian, family-owned woodworking factory founded Naples in 1968.
Standout projects thus far include Bikini (2015), a storage series designed in homage to French fashion designer Louis Réard, and Donald (2015), a collection of tables composed of cosmic shapes; both are handmade in colorful, lacquered wood. While the studio is quite young, as of this writing, notable presentations include: #InFurnitureWeTrust at Klokgebouw for Dutch Design Week (Eindhoven, 2015); Ventura Lambrate during FuoriSalone in Milan (2016); Venice Design 2016, in coordination with the Dutch non-profit organization Global Arts Affairs Foundation for the 15th International Venice Architecture Biennale (2016); and Tent London during the London Design Festival (2016).
Bassi (born in Paris in 1989) and Petroso (born in Naples in 1983) first met in Rome in 2011 as students. Bassi earned a Master’s degree in arts and literature from the University of Paris in 2012. Petroso, meanwhile, studied design at Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti (NABA) in Milan in 2007; he went on to earn a Bachelor’s degree in visual arts from the Fine Arts Academy of Rome in 2011. Separate from his work with Chapel Petrassi, Petroso’s individual visual art projects have been exhibited in a variety of private and institutional spaces, including the American Academy in Rome (2014) and Viafarini in Milan (2013).