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About Benedetta Pompili (IT, 1995) is a social designer based in Amsterdam. A dedication to materials with a focus on their narratives and environmental impact identifies her practice. She rethinks manufacturing techniques and their aesthetics toward circular making. Her research aims to share knowledge, motivate care, and retrace tradition by thinking and acting in an interdisciplinary way.


Master, Social Design, Design Academy Eindhoven (NL), Gijs Bakker nominee, 2019–2021.
Erasmus, Peter Behrens School of Architecture and Design, Düsseldorf (DE), 2017–2018.
BA, Industrial Design & Advanced Ceramics, ISIA Faenza (IT), Cum laude, 2014–2018.

Recent work
Residency, Creative Residency Arita, January - March 2024.
Tutor, Natural Materials in Ceramics, The Material Way, January 2024 - ongoing.
Fellow Researcher, LINA x TU Wien, Vienna, October 2023 - ongoing.
Tutor, Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam (NL), September – December 2023.
Ceramic workshop specialist, Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam (NL), March 2023 – ongoing.
Ceramic production consulent, Bruno Baietto’s In Bones We Dwell, Dordrecht’s Museum (NL), 2023.
Ceramic workshop specialist, Royal Academy of the Arts, The Hague (NL), January - August 2023.

Selected shows
Conversing with Matter, Studio Makkink & Bey x WaterSchool, Cuyperhuis (NL), June 2024 - ongoing.
RAW.obj, Pioneers in Ceramics, Prinsenhof Museum Delft, The Netherlands, February 2024 - ongoing.
Conversing with Matter, Sustainable Ceramics, Princessehof Ceramic Museum (NL), No ‘23 - ongoing.
In Presence of Your Absence
+ RAW.obj, Open Studios, Rijkskademie, Amsterdam (NL), 2024.
In Presence of Your Absence, Hong Kong Design Institute, Hong Kong (China), January -  May 2024.
In Presence of Your Absence, Milan Design Week, ADI Design Museum, Milan (IT), 2023.
Vestiges, Alcova, Milan Design Week, Fuorisalone, Milan (IT), 2023.
In Presence of Your Absence, Material District, Utrecht (NL), 2023.
Raw.obj, The Future of Art Making, Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten (NL), 2022.
Ciona Are Doing Well, SVA Bio Art Lab, New York, 2022.
SPAZIO 1/2: Worskshop “Clay Dialogues”, Drop City, Fuorisalone, Milano (IT), 2022.
Sea Silt, collaboration with Humade, Ceramics Museum Princessehof, Leeuwarden (NL), 2022.
Conversing with Matter, DAE75!, Fuorisalone, Milano (IT), 2022.
Conversing with Matter, Rethinking Plastic, Yksi Expo , Eindhoven (NL), 2022.
Conversing with Matter, Design Fest Gent, Design Museum Gent, Gent (BE), 2022.
Conversing with Matter, From the Ground Up, Material Source Studio, Manchester (UK), 2022.
Conversing with Matter, Design Open, Kazerne, Eindhoven (NL), 2021 – 2022.
Conversing with Matter, Dutch Design Week 2021, DAE Graduation Show, Eindhoven (NL).
Ciona Are Doing Well, Interspecies Futures, by Oscar Salguero, NY Center for Book Arts, 2020.

Conversing with Matter, Design Unlimited Turkey, October 2023.
In Presence of Your Absence
, Italy: A New Collective Lanscape, Mousse Magazine Ed., April 2023.

Conversing with Matter, DAMN Magazine, Issue N° 82, June 2022.
Conversing with Matter, Plural Magazine, 2022.     ︎︎︎Conversing with Matter, Elementa Oslo, 2022.
Conversing with Matter, The Color Association, 2021.
Conversing with Matter, Het Financieele Dagblad, Culture section, 2021.
Conversing with Matter, Wallpaper Magazine, Design section, 2021.
Ciona Are Doing Well, Design Parallax, curated by Angela Rui, MDFF Greece, 2020.

RecognitionsGrant, Starting Design Grant, Stimuleringsfonds, The Netherlands, 2023 - 2024.    
Award, Young New Talent, Material District, Utrecht (NL), 2023.
Grant, Creative Residency Arita, Japan, Stimuleringsfonds, 2024.
Grant, Building Talent, Stimuleringsfonds, The Netherlands, 2021.
Nominee, Gijs Bakker Design Award, Design Academy Eindhoven, 2021.

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In Presence of Your Absence
  • ADI Design Museum
  • Lamp, porcelain, glaze
  • made of treated asbestos,
  • steel beam, LED, perspex
  • tube. 33x33x20 cm.

In Presence of Your Absence is a lamp-assemblage, composed by a translucent porcelain diffuser and upcycled architectural parts. It invites to look through the core of the project: a ceramic glaze made by treated asbestos.
The design promotes circular modes of production while supporting the research to counter the issues related to asbestos. The asbestos-cement, composing the 70% of the glaze, becomes inert through a low-temperature treatment, which in turn reuses local chemical waste. The patented process is the result of a collaboration with the research center Asbetter Holding (Rotterdam, NL), focusing on reducing the toxic impact of asbestos fibres.
       The project was shown at the ADI Design Museum (Milan, IT) in occasion of the echibition “Italy: A new collective landscape”, curated by Angela Rui, Elisabetta Donati de Conti, e Matilde Losi, as an example of regenerative design.