Catawiki, the leading online marketplace to buy and sell special objects, is set to launch the fifth auction in partnership with Scuderia AlphaTauri: ‘Direct from the Grid, The Season Finale’. This unique auction features a remarkable collaboration with Elena Salmistraro, the acclaimed Italian designer and FRAME Awards Best Designer of the Year 2022. Salmistraro’s extraordinary talent in transforming unique objects into avant-garde design pieces marks a new era in the fusion of high-end design and motorsports.

Elena Salmistraro, celebrated for her vibrant, emotive designs and unparalleled creative vision, has reimagined used Formula 1 components from Scuderia AlphaTauri, such as race-used wheel nuts, rear rims, and brake discs, into exquisite design objects. Her ‘F1 Redesigned’ collection is a testament to the thrilling synergy between the dynamic world of F1 racing and the transformative power of contemporary design. The collection features three one-of-a-kind pieces exclusively designed for the Catawiki auction and personally signed by the artist.

“Working with Formula 1 materials for the first time was a thrilling challenge. My aim was to blend the technical beauty of racing with aesthetic innovation, creating designs that resonate with F1 fans and design lovers alike. These pieces aren’t just objects; they’re stories and emotions made tangible. They possess a unique identity that makes them adaptable to any setting, whether minimalist or maximalist. I’m excited to see them inspire new stories in their future homes.” 

Elena Salmistraro, designer and artist

“With her three redesigns, award-winning designer Elena Salmistraro shows what a great designer’s imagination is capable of. She transformed three race-used technical components into statement pieces while alluding to one of Italy’s greatest designers, Ettore Sottsass and postmodernism. It’s the past and the future of great Italian design”. 

Alexander Fahl, Senior Expert Design Catawiki

The auction also pays tribute to Franz Tost, the long-standing Team Principal of Scuderia AlphaTauri, celebrating his remarkable 18-year legacy with the team. A handpicked selection of Tost memorabilia, alongside signed items from Scuderia AlphaTauri’s top drivers adding a personal touch from the team, offers fans an opportunity to own a piece of Formula 1 history.

Adding to the allure, the auction includes various memorabilia items that embody the excitement and achievements of this racing season. Notable among these are the 2023 racing suits of Daniel Ricciardo and Yuki Tsunoda and the 2010 Scuderia Toro Rosso STR5 Formula One mock-up car.