how to change the world of design #milan2016
“You put together two things that have not been put together before. And the world is changed. People may not notice at the time, but that doesn’t matter. The world has been changed nonetheless ” Julian Barnes, Levels of Life
What image do you visualize if you close your eyes and think about these three words: Japanese manga, a sixteenth century cloister and furniture design?
Well I visualize on of the most impressive exhibition that I saw during the last Milan Design Week. I was running from a place to another to visit as much events and exhibitions as possible when I crashed into NENDO exhibition “50 manga chairs”. I thought about a Julian Barnes quotes (read on the top) because, regardless the beauty of some ideas and projects showed during this design week, the real value for me was the incredible ability to find and adapt the locations in which placing exhibitions.
The real pleasure was to have the possibility to be in some hidden places of my city, that I sometime take for granted.
Here 5 of the “match” that I loved the most
SIXTEENTH CENTURY CLOISTER + JAPANESE DESIGN
Nendo installation of “50 manga chairs” is the consequence of working on furniture design using the symbolic nature and flatness of manga comics. The effect of this kind of abstract projects made of metallic materials placed in an ancient cloister was really powerful.
GARAGE + LONDON DESIGN STUDIO
Garage Sanremo is one of the youngest location of Milano design week. This year this garage (this is a real one in the city center) hosted Herringbone collection, a project of tables created by London design studio Raw Edges. They realized colorful zigzag pattern on pieces of wood dipping them into oblique buckets . This space became a sort of laboratory where people was allowed to interact with the exhibition!
ALBERGO DIURNO + YOUNG ITALIAN DESIGNERS
Ninety years ago opened the “Albergo Diurno Venezia”, an underground “daytime hotel” that offered public baths, spas, barber shops, manicures, etc…
Thanks to FAI (Italian foundation that restore and open to the public fine examples of Italy’s artistic and natural heritage.) It is now possible to visit this incredible place designed by one of the most talented milanese architect (Pieto Portaluppi). The exhibition, called Vestae, fitted with the location as it was dedicated to body care.
The Creative Academy, the Fondazione Cologni and Eligo (a new brand promoting historic Italian production) cooperated in this project.
PALAZZO LITTA + BELGIAN DESIGN
Palazzo Litta is one of the most beautiful example of Baroque architecture in Milan and the organisations that support Belgian design made a really good choice three years ago selecting this location.
This third edition was focused on the theme TRADITION& TECHNOLOGY: 13 designers and companies, proposing projects commissioned especially for the event and seen for the first time during the Salone. The proof that Modern design perfectly coexists with tapestries, stuccos and original seventeenth-century paintings…
PRIVATE APARTMENT * SELECTION OF BRAND AND DESIGNERS
Now try to imagine an abandoned luxury apartment full of amazing design pieces selected by one of the best consultant agency in Milan … Photos will help!
See you next Fuorisalone …
Fashion Designer and trend researcher, Chiara lives trying to catch every kind of inspiration. Based in Milan, four years ago she founded a lifestyle magazine with her best friends.