AKOMENA Spazio Mosaico was founded in Ravenna, in 1988, based on an idea by Francesca Fabbri who, with the benefit of her own training background and experience takes a multidisciplinary approach to mosaic work, aiming at taking a new look at traditional mosaic work by drawing knowledge from contemporary research and experimentation in the field of interior architecture and design.
Francesca Fabbri started by collaborating with master mosaicists, of the Ravenna school, who produced furnishing accessories to her designs. In 1990 she began a lasting co-operation with Giuliano Babini whose artistic advice has led to the realisation of true collections produced with the contribution of architects, artists and designers.
In 1990, Akomena took part with Luigi Serafini in the "Design Balneare III", part of a series of exhibitions by Ugo La Pietra, which also included realisation of the mosaic entitled "Monumenti alla balnearità" in the town centre of Cattolica and a series of objects, designed by the architect, using mosaics as the leit- motive.
While continually taking part in an intensive programme of Exhibitions - including "per abitare con l'arte", Milan 1991; "The Italian art of living", New York 1992 and "Musive", Ravenna 1992 - the first collection was inaugurated in 1993: "Emblemata" organized by Elisabetta Gonzo who presented ten little tables designed by master artists which included ideas from Riccardo Dalisi, Ugo Marano, Adolfo Natalini, Giuliano Babini, Gianni Veneziano; interior decorators including Bonetti & Garouste and i Ravage
Collaboration also began, in this period, with Ettore Sottsass, the first intervention being the mosaic decoration of the "magic room" at the Museo dell'Arredo Contemporaneo (Museum of Contemporary Furnishing) founded by Biagetti in Russi (near Ravenna) which developed into a series of furnishing objects and accessories.
The experience that Akomena continues to gain in the field of furnishing components design and production has led to its involvement in different contexts: contributions made in the form of summer courses held by Ron Arad and Gaetano Pesce, in the "Delirium Design" exhibition by Enzo Biffi Gentili and William Sawaja and in the "Fatto ad Arte" Convention held at the Milan Triennial Exhibition in 1995.
In 1996 AKOMENA won the contract for realising Rudolf Nureyev's tomb in Paris according to the design by the architect Ezio Frigerio, a highly detailed work which reproduces a colourful Caucasian mosaic carpet consisting of twenty shades of red and about ten types of gold.
In recent years activity has involved intensified collaboration on works such as the mosaic carpets based on drawings by Francis Nibbia, the architectural interventions according to the project by Lucio Zotti and other large size works carried out in the public areas of Ravenna, Seoul, Geneva and San Marino with architect Marco Lucchi. On the other hand, Akomena took part in exhibition initiatives including "Rudolf Nureyev, realtà e sortilegio" in the Trussardi Art Center in Milan (1997), "Mosaico e design : Oggetti del desiderio" in Ravenna, organized by Gillo Dorfles and Silvia Pegoraro and "L'Artigiano metropolitano" in Turin (2002), by Biffi Gentili and Ann Leclerq.
Over the years, one leading theme has been the Serie di Autore (Master Series): the Pipe-Pipe based on a project by Francesca Fabbri, the Stone Carpets by the Akomena team, Mabel's Tables, the Sassoft collection also by Akomena presented at the "Fuori Salone" event in Milan (2001) and afterwards selected for the "Carrefour de la Creation" exhibition by Gregoire Simon held in the Georges Pompidou Centre in Paris, and finally "Animal Skin", which rethinks animal skins, now made in mosaics and presented at Dilmos in Milan (2003).
and production of these serial has, in particular, led to the present
intense collaboration, the most active to date, with important show-rooms
and Art Galleries in Milan, Paris, London