From the 9th to the 14th of april 2013, NOMADISMI will be exhibiting at the Altai Gallery in Milan. Lidewij Edelkoort and Raffaele Carrieri, director of the Altai Gallery, have curated an installation between avant-garde design and antique primitive carpets, tracing the return of nomadism in the third millennium and analysing their influence on contemporary lifestyle.
NOMADISMI: now that communication technology has made us wireless and has set us free, we realise that we do not need anymore a desk or an office and are able to completely reinvent our existence and environment. Borders of working time and leisure time are fading as we decide on our own timetables and priorities. We are free of time and space, free to roam and wander… To wonder around the planet, in our countries and cities, and even in our own rooms. Therefore we will go on the road hunting for inspirations from all nomadic tribes, for a dynamic life amongst portable, flexible, movable and multifunctional items to live in our landscaped interiors.
Nomadism as a new lifestyle, to allow improvisation in a time of need, with small designs that accommodate to contemporary living, that adapt as we move from one place to another, as we use our space from an activity to another. Inspired by different cultures, these designs meet authentic rugs and carpets that are exploring different craft techniques and are collected with innate knowledge by Raffaele Carrieri. These carpets are themselves pure expressions of this nomadic lifestyle, allowing us to create and recreate our home whenever and wherever needed.
Designs are contemporary and traditional, industrial and handcrafted, produced locally with global inspirations, paying attention to sustainability. Objects will also become more hybrid, blending shapes, forms and functions, materials and processes to create new and easier uses. This concept will merge with a sensual need for tactility for products to become our new companions in our domestic life.
Raffaele Carrieri founded the Altai Gallery in Milan in 1994, where he and his wife Elisa, host a collection of antique carpets and primitive tapestries, one of the largest and most famous in the world.Altai is a space that tells endless stories of journeys, migrations, open spaces and peoples in movement who are warmed, cradled, dressed up and protected by these textiles. At once primitive and contemporary, essential and abstract, they are drenched in humanity, history and culture. Altai is an art gallery.
10:00-13:00 and 15:00-20:00 Cocktail April 10, from 18:30