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Of Mice and a Man Matteo Cibic puts a human face— and an animal one—on design

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BY MAX FRASER

@maxfraserdesign

MARTINA GIAMMARIA FOR NEWSWEEK

When I meet Matteo Cibic, on a gloomy spring morning at Rossana Or landi, an internationally respected, independent design showroom in central Milan, he is troubled. Unknown to me, my editor had told him I was a fan of “VasoNaso”: a project in which the 33-yearold Italian industrial designer made a different ceramic vase every day for a year, each with its own, unique nose-like protrusion. Thinking it might make for a good photograph to go with our interview, Cibic tells me he’d made a vase modeled on my photo—but it cracked in the kiln.

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