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Daniele Papuli

  • Paper sculptor
  • Vimercate, Italy
  • Master Artisan
Daniele Papuli Paper sculptor
Italian, English
By appointment only
+39 3495833136
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Recreating the world in paper

  • • Daniele is inspired by the colours of the land in Apulia, Italy
  • • He developed his own technique derived from bookbinding
  • • He created the windows for Missoni's Milanese flagship shop

“What fascinates me most about my craft is that when people see one of my objects, they don’t immediately understand what it’s made of. They often mistake it for wood, or some kind of fossil. Only when they look closer do they realise that it’s made of paper.” Daniele Papuli started working with paper by chance, after taking a workshop in Berlin while studying at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera, in Milan. Though his training is in classical sculpture, this master craftsman decided to make objects using narrow strips of paper, with which he gives life to mesmerising shapes, the uniqueness of which can only be appreciated up close.

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These pieces are part of a series, Cartodendrometria, in which Daniele crafts morphological designs from strips of paper from magazines and newspapers, binding them tightly together to create a structure resembling the rings of a tree trunk. Each piece is unique, with different types of paper selected for each one, numbered and signed.

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Cartoframma blu

This installation, created for the solo exhibition METAMORFOSI held in Martina Franca, Apulia in 2014, was mounted directly on the floor of the Palazzo Ducale. Thousands of strips of cardboard were combined to create an illusion of a flowing and rippling dark blue lake.

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Fashioned from recyclable, biodegradable, eco-compatible card, these bowls are intended for use as tableware. The sheets are cut, folded and embedded to create three-dimensional objects in a manner similar to origami.

Diameter 15 cm
Diameter 10.5 cm
Diameter 7.5 cm

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These two red lamellar mushroom-like structures are composed of fine strips of red vinyl fitted over cylinders of metal and glass. The superimposed layers provide a highly tactile experience. Each structure is a unique creation, numbered and signed.

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Upside Down

Multicoloured strips of paper are stacked together and fitted over cylinders of metal and glass. The lamellar structure formed by the superimposed layers results in a highly tactile effect. Each is a unique creation, numbered and signed.

Height 24 cm
Diameter 20 cm

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Milan: exploring the city with Carla Sozzani
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Follow the recommendations of a celebrated expert. Milan gallerist and ambassador Carla Sozzani invites you to a tour of the city to discover the history of Italian design and her selection of talented craftspeople in town.

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