Roberto Rida’s (b. 1943) alchemical works are all founded on the same underlying ingredients: research into rare materials and perfection of craft. His contrary style negates the rationalist principles of functionality and reproducibility, often utilizing rare materials no longer in production. Rida’s works are the result of his constant need to challenge himself while adhering to technical demands. His thorough art historical knowledge, particularly of 20th century design, was cultivated during his time as a dealer in his hometown of Milan. He then became an expert in the work of Fontana Arte and the glass masters of Murano, resulting in a fascination with covering his own lighting and furniture designs with cut glass and crystal. Regardless of the fluctuating trends in the design world, Rida’s juxtaposition of historical citations invite us to partake in his imaginative freedom. His works are objects of vitality that speak with and to us through their bold design and brilliant color.