Established in April 2015 by Marie-Charlotte Bassi (Paris, 1989) and Diego Petroso (Naples, 1983), Chapel Petrassi is a Paris-based manufacturing studio at the border between art and design specializing in handcrafted, sculptural wood furniture and applied arts. All of Chapel Petrassi’s pieces are realized by master cabinetmakers at Falegnameria Petroso, an Italian, family-owned woodworking factory founded Naples in 1968.
Bassi earned a Master Degree in Arts and Literature at the University of Paris and is an autodidact in the Design field. Petroso, meanwhile, studied design at Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti (NABA) in Milan in 2007; he went on to earn a Bachelor’s degree in visual arts from the Fine Arts Academy of Rome in 2011. Separate from his work with Chapel Petrassi, Petroso’s individual visual art projects have been exhibited in a variety of private and institutional spaces, including the American Academy in Rome (2014) and Viafarini in Milan (2013). He grew up observing and working with cabinet makers in an Italian woodworking factory, that has been operated by his family since 1960.
Chapel Petrassi's designs are characterized by a strong, contemporary aesthetic and bold combinations of wood in geometric shapes and vivid colors. They launched their first collection of sculpture-furniture in 2015, which was at the exhibition #InFurnitureWeTrust at Klokgebouw for Dutch Design Week (Eindhoven, 2015). Other notable presentations include: Ventura Lambrate during FuoriSalone in Milan (2016); Venice Design 2016, in coordination with the Dutch non-profit organization Global Arts Affairs Foundation for the 15th International Venice Architecture Biennale (2016); Tent London during the London Design Festival (2016); and ALCOVA Milan during Salone del Mobile (2018).