With a reproduction of Casa Lana, Triennale inaugurates Sala Sottsass, a permanent space dedicated to the great master

On December 3, 2021, Triennale Milano opens Sala Sottsass on the first floor of the Palazzo dell’Arte. Sala Sottsass houses a permanent installation reproducing the interior of an apartment, Casa Lana. The private residence was a project by Ettore Sottsass in Milan, from the mid-sixties, and now it is accessible to the public thanks to a donation by Barbara Radice. A series of donations will form the nucleus of an important fund of architect Ettore Sottsass jr, within the permanent collection of Triennale Milano. Moreover, various exhibitions and events will take place around the permanent display of Casa Lana, highlighting different aspects of the master’s work and thought.

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Casa Lana, Sala Sottsass, Triennale di Milano. Ph: Gianluca di Ioia, courtesy Triennale

The reconstructed part of Casa Lana at Triennale is the core of the original apartment, exactly as it was designed by Ettore Sottsass in 1968. Talking about this project Sottsass said: “The basic idea is that at the center of the room there is a wooden structure (as if it were a small house inside the room or another room within the room), which acts as a living room. Around it, on the four sides, the remaining areas are organized to serve various special operations.” In this way, there was the double advantage of saving the space of the hallways, while the living room became a kind of “little square” from which you could see the entrance, but with “sheltered” corners, such as sofas in niches, perfect for reading.

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Casa Lana, Sala Sottsass, Triennale di Milano. Ph: Gianluca di Ioia, courtesy Triennale

A series of exhibitions dedicated to Ettore Sottsass

the people who participated in this work are Luca Cipelletti, curator of the installation of the central space on the first floor, and Christoph Radl, art director of the project. On this occasion, Sala Sottsass inaugurates a series of exhibitions curated by Marco Sammicheli, with layout and graphic design by Christoph Radl.

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Casa Lana, Sala Sottsass, Triennale di Milano. Ph: Gianluca di Ioia, courtesy Triennale

The first exhibition, Ettore Sottsass. Struttura e colore, has the title of an article written by Sottsass in 1954. Paintings, drawings, photographs and objects reveal his close attention to the relationship between people and their needs, rituals, spaces.

Casa Lana, Sala Sottsass, Triennale di Milano. Ph: Gianluca di Ioia, courtesy Triennale

The second, Ettore Sottsass. Il calcolo, from May to November 2022, will examine the relationship between large numbers and technology, as well as his collaboration with Olivetti.

Lastly, the third exhibition, entitled Ettore Sottsass. La parola, from December 2022 to April 2023, will open up to the narrative and literary power of Sottsass’s work.

Permanent display of Casa Lana

Exhibition design: Luca Cipelletti
Art direction: Christoph Radl
From December 3, 2021

First exhibition:

Ettore Sottsass. Struttura e colore
December 3, 2021 – March 13, 2022
Curated by Marco Sammicheli
Exhibition and graphic design: Christoph Radl

Free admission

Triennale Milano’s opening hours: Tuesday–Sunday; 11.00–20.00 (last entry at 19.00)