Flavio Favelli, Sandokan (Garage), 2011, enamel on iron garage door, 98 x 76".

Flavio Favelli

Cardi Gallery, London

Flavio Favelli, Sandokan (Garage), 2011, enamel on iron garage door, 98 x 76".

Entering the gallery, one came across a series of three-dimensional collages, assemblages of found furniture, dismantled and reassembled lamps, old majolica, glassware, and memorabilia of the recent past, including gadgets and posters. Flavio Favelli drew upon an extensive range of materials for this solo show, but most common were home furnishings identifiable as belonging to a style widespread in Italy from the latter half of the 1920s to the late ’40s and still present in the homes of Italian grandmothers at least through the 1970s. The style is known as Novecento—twentieth century—because the designers and artists who conceived it thought of themselves as interpreters of the century’s spirit, which they believed demanded a return to order, formal purity, and compositional harmony; the style has a lot in common with Art Deco and its volumetrically aerodynamic, turgid,

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