Who I am

U scrusciu

Can you remember that feeling of well-being you get when, on the beach, you let yourself be lulled by the sweet melody of the waves? Here, Scrusciu du Mari Design wants to bring into everyone's home a pinch of that magic that only the sea can give, through the scents, colors and shapes of the woods recovered on the Sicilian coasts. For this reason these creations do not undergo any chemical treatment, just to preserve their natural appearance.

In fact, nature is the true architect of these works and succeeds through some of its primordial elements: The whitish color of the wood derives from the salt deposited by the sea, the sinuous shape has been smoothed by the wind and the lightness from the warm sun Sicilian which made it dry. Man's only real merit is to find meaning in his forms.

These design objects can become bookshelves suspended on the wall or lamps that resemble planets or other creations that imitate animals. Each trunk has its own name to underline its uniqueness and its story is told on a parchment that will accompany it in its new life.

Who I am

Scrusciu du mari was born on a summer day, when, as the sun went down, I decided to take the trunk that I had admired on the beach with me to Bologna. I had recently finished furnishing my home with salvaged objects, the house was full, but I didn't want to stop giving a new life to things. So I decided that I could keep creating, not for myself but for other people.

I'm Matteo, born in 1984, Sicilian, engineer, photographer, lonely traveler, craftsman, orange maker, but above all the king of homemade jams and liqueurs.

I was born and raised in Ribera, a small town in the province of Agrigento, not far from the sea. I left my island in 2009 when I moved to Bologna to continue my studies in Automation Engineering.
Graduated with honors, I immediately start my career as an engineer but I discover, not long after, that this is not what I want for my life.

In the meantime, having rented an apartment, I decide not to buy any furniture but to build them using pallets and wooden boxes. Thus began the love for interior design and DIY.
In 2017, during a holiday in Sicily, I decided that I would take one of those trunks, all white, that were on the beach with me to Bologna.
This is how Scrusciu du mari was born.
Currently it is not my daily job, I am still an engineer who creates software for automatic machines but who, between one line of code and another, dreams of leaving that logical and rational world and devoting himself full time to what makes him feel good: create objects together with the sea.

I have also decided to open a blog within Scrusciu du mari in which I will not talk about Scrusciu, but only about travel and photographs! If you're curious, click here