Tomasso Lanza at Designersblock London 2009

September 4, 2009


Tommaso Lanza is exhibiting as part of the group Disruptive Thinking. He uses product design, photography, visual effects and code to explore our mutating relation with the artificial.

His work primarily involves design as a narrative vehicle dealing with the psychological and emotional implications of current and future products and technologies. Tommaso grew up in Rome, where he studied industrial design, before moving to Milan and then to London where he worked as an industrial designer and visual effects artist. In 2009 he obtained an MA in Design Interactions at the RCA. Before joining the RCA he worked with Jozeph Forakis, Nokia and other clients.


Toys is a project about the inner, covert life of a corporation described through a series of objects which have surfaced as part of a bankruptcy auction. The project is presented in the form of an auction catalog, a dry account of a few items left to liquidate. Amongst the many familiar office items, the listing includes a number of unique objects, each one revealing an aspect of the once concealed practices of the company.


In 2005 ENT International filed for bankruptcy protection under Chapter 11 in the US and progressively closed or sold all of its international operations.The quick collapse of the company led to a fire-sale of most of ENT’s assets. In the months following the Chapter 11 filing, the liquidation team split the enormous sale across a number of auction dealers. These are some of the objects1 listed in the the bankruptcy auction held in 2005 at Square Mile Auctions.


The small London-based auction house was hired late in the process to deal with low to mid-valued items and left overs from previous auctions. Among the large number of typical corporate assets, the SMA dealers discovered a few unique items that are now highly valued col lectibles. The unabridged reprint of the SMA auction catalogue from that time2 provides a detailed insight into the inner workings of one of the world’s largest corporations. It brings the keen observer one step closer to unravelling the secrets behind one the biggest bankruptcies in recent times.

Tommaso Lanza

Designersblock London 2009 takes place during the London Design Festival over 5000 square meters of space alongside 100% Design in Earls Court One.

24 – 27 Sep 2009

Opening times:
Thursday 24 September 10.00 – 21.00 Friday 25 September 10.00 – 19.00 Saturday 26 September 10.00 – 18.00
Sunday 27 September 11.00 – 17.00

Register on the Designersblock website.