Elena Salmistraro (Milan, 1983) graduated from the Politecnico in Milan with a degree in Industrial Design in 2008; the following year she opened her own firm - also in Milan, in partnership with architect Angelo Stoli – working in product and architectural design. She has her own highly distinctive style and focuses on the point where illustration, design and the visual arts meet, drawing on all three to shape a strongly extrovert expressive language that aims to speak directly to the emotions. Her projects have been selected to take part in major events, including the The New Italian Design travelling exhibition – visiting Milan, San Francisco, Santiago and Cape Town – the collective exhibition The New Aesthetic Design – at the Shanghai Biennale in 2013 – and the Gwangju Biennale – in South Korea, in 2015.
In Chimera, Elena Salmistraro merges rigour with self-expression, in a graphic grammar laden with symbolic meaning. Originating from four graphic themes, this family of large slabs has a striking visual extroversion, with motifs that blend different graphic and colour codes with scraps that mimic the surfaces of stones, fabrics and leathers. In this expressive carousel, constantly pursuing the guiding image of the chimera, the designer orchestrates intriguing implanted figures, amplified by the use of an innovative ceramic surface finishing technique.