Barilla Prize 2017- the Premio Acquolina by Antonio Aricò

February 4, 2018

Barilla Prize 2017- the Premio Acquolina: Having collaborated on important commercial projects with the Barilla Group for many years, Antonio Aricò was asked for the first time to conceive and design an artcraft driven piece for the prize of the Barilla Pasta World Championship: the Premio Acquolina.

The event organised by Barilla is set to run from September 27th to 29th  in Milan and Parma. Twenty chefs under-35 hand-picked by Barilla had been competed, representing 15 countries from four continents. The challenge will be played out over a creative dish that represents the future of pasta, and a reinterpretation of Spaghetti al Pomodoro (Spaghetti with tomato sauce).

The jury includes five award-winning Italian chefs and two international experts. Following two days of elimination rounds and semi-finals in Milan, the champion will be crowned on September 29th in Parma.

Antonio followed the concept of this event: make an emotional link between the past and the future and created for this special occasion a piece of Modern Artcraft. Antonio explains: ‘In the south of Italy where I grew up, Barilla is very special. But more than being the world’s leading pasta manufacturer brand for me, the inspiration came also from the fact that it’s in the imagery of every italian.’

Paolo Barilla, adds ‘Pasta is a food that comes from the past. It has tackled every challenge posed by the times and changing lifestyles of people.’
The concept for the prize is based on a simple idea: a plate of spaghetti, the world’s best-loved pasta dish. But the incredible precision of the details due to a high-end 3D printing process transform the object into a very precious and unique piece of jewellery.

Metallic and tactile, half traditional and half modern, the prize uses Barilla’s colours: blue and yellow. These 2 colours immediately inspired Antonio and brought him to the colour palette of the Renaissance: blue represents minerality and yellow will be turned into gold.

For Antonio and Barilla the prize represents: “The secret of our icon : simplicity, elegance and refinement mixed with the excellence of the ingredients and transcendent techniques. Deep symbols of Italy’s finest in a magical design”

Once again, Antonio Aricò managed to add magic and emotions into the design of an object. Simply by giving to a piece a story, values and a poetic environment implemented by the use of the best modern techniques that gives a unique quality. The prize designed for the Premio Acquolina was delivered to Barilla on the 27th of September and awarded to the chef of the winning dish.

About Antonio Aricò : He was born in (1983)Reggio Calabria. After graduating from the Politecnico di Milano and a postgraduate course at the Alta Scuola Politecnica, he completed his training abroad, studying Metal & Jewellery Design at the Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art in Scotland, Product Design at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in Australia and Traditional Furniture Design in Spain.

About Barilla Group: Founded 140 years ago in Parma out of a shop that made bread and pasta, Barilla is today among the top Italian food groups: leader for pasta in the world, pasta sauces in continental Europe, bakery products in Italy, and the crisp bread business in Scandinavia. The Barilla Group owns 28 production sites (14 in Italy and 14 abroad) and exports to more than 100 countries.

Event Title:  Barilla Pasta World Championship

Event Location:  Milan (27th & 28th September) and Parma (29th September)

Even Prize Name:  Barilla Prize 2017- the Premio Acquolina

Prize Designer:   Antonio Aricò ( Jewellery  and Product Designer)

Event Organizer: Antonio Aricò

Event Date: 2th to 29th September, 2017

September 27th (elimination rounds), September 28th (semi-finals)

 and September 29th (championship winner prize)

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