Demetrio Paparoni: marble is shape

Demetrio Paparoni, art critic, talks about marble and its potential to be shaped differently

Authentic Natural Stone is a living material that is highly appreciated for its thousand possible applications. From architecture to interior design, up to the kitchen, the many variants of stone offer a thousand different interpretations. Marble, granite, travertine and other stones are living materials, which offer multiple possibilities of use and change their appearance depending on the use.

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Marble is a shapeless mass that takes shape,” explains Demetrio Paparoni. Since the twentieth century, the idea of art imitating nature has disappeared, but marble has kept giving life to amazing forms. Among the artists who deserve attention, also for their use of marble, I would certainly mention Maurizio Cattelan and Nicola Samorì.

Maurizio Cattelan is the author of a work that has been the subject of much talk. L.O.V.E. is a hand with three severed fingers, and a single middle finger, intact and raised. It’s a provocation, of course, but also a strong message: the hand is ready to challenge you, even with three severed fingers. The peculiarity of this work is that it is made of Carrara travertine, the same marble of the Milan Stock Exchange building, opposite the work.”

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L.O.V.E. by Maurizio Cattelan

Another interesting artist for his marble works is Nicola Samorì. Samorì creates his works from marble waste. His works are based precisely on choosing the most obvious flaws in a stone and building an image around them. If he finds a geode, for example, that geode becomes the inspiration and protagonist of the work.

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Work by Nicola Samorì, Lucia, on display at Palazzo Fava in Bologna for the "Sfregi" exhibition until July 25, 2021

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Stefano Boeri is the curator of Salone del Mobile 2021

Or rather, Stefano Boeri will be the curator of a special event, which will not be Salone del Mobile.Milano as it has been scheduled for 2022

This is what we can be deduce from yesterday’s press release by Salone del Mobile.Milano. Which explains: “The architect  Stefano Boeri has been announced as the curator of the special 2021 Event under the banner of the Salone del Mobile.Milano. Mr Boeri will be assisted by a team of young internationally renowned architects and professionals.” And it goes on: “The spaces and thematic pathways conceived by the team of international curators will dialogue in an original and dynamic way with the new Salone del Mobile.Milano digital platform which – following the launch, slated for June – will truly come into its own during the special 2021 event. The six days in September will thus be a major hub of innovation ahead of the 60th edition of the Salone scheduled for April 2022.”

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Note: 2021 marks the 60th anniversary of the Salone del Mobile, but the 60th edition will be held in 2022. In 1990, due to the realignment of Fieramilano’s calendars, the Salone skipped a year and, of course, it skipped 2020 as well.

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Infiniti Woodland 2019, stand at Salone del Mobile.Milano, project by Stefano Boeri Architetti

A special event under the banner of the Salone del Mobile.Milano

The format of the event, however, raises some questions. In the press release we also read that the event will be “a unique project in terms of format and artistic concept, geared not just to the world of sectoral professionals and to the international design community, but also to the general consumer public who, for the first time, will have access to the fairgrounds for the entire duration of the event. As well as the opportunity to admire the latest products and creations issued by the brands over the last 18 months, there will also be a chance for visitors to purchase goods showcased by the companies at exclusive prices at the Rho fairgrounds. Part of the profits will go to a charitable cause.”

This is everything we know currently. And that “the event, the name of which will shortly be unveiled, will be a one-off occasion on the international furnishing and design scene thanks to an exhibition that will allow the companies to present the very best products that have emerged over the last year and a half, in a highly emotional and scenographic setting.”

Looking forward to hearing more, we can confirm that the SaloneSatellite will be held as part of the overall 2021 concept.

Moreover, there will be many Fuorisalone events, including DDN Hub, Superdesign Show, Palazzo Litta Design Variations, and other events to join.

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DDN Phutura 2019


Nature at Casa Jardín Escandón

In Mexico City, CPDA Arquitectos designed a residential complex surrounding a secret garden

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Art Deco buildings, historic buildings and more contemporary structures characterize the streets of the redeveloped Escandón neighborhood in Mexico City. Among this mix of architectures with different styles, there is Casa Jardín Escandón by CPDA Arquitectos. This residential complex of 2,800 square meters consists of 14 units: 4 apartments on the ground floor and 10 three-story townhouses.

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All the dwellings overlook an internal courtyard, whose pedestrian passage is surrounded by a dense vegetation of evergreen plants and shrubs. These local plants and bushes are resistant and require no maintenance. In addition to the ground floor, nature also takes over the balconies and windows, up to the terraced roofs of the houses.

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The secret world of Casa Jardín Escandón, a project by CPDA Arquitectos in Mexico City

Since at Casa Jardín Escandón it is nature that controls man’s spaces, and not vice versa, people can find the right connection not only with the built environment, but also with the natural one. The vertical garden, designed by Taller Entorno Paisaje, invites people to contemplate and enjoy the peace and silence that the building magically preserves inside and to leave behind the hustle and bustle of the city.

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Architecture and interplay of lines

The exterior and interior façades of the building are made of stone, a widely used material in the local architectural tradition. The interior façade features linear windows and balconies as well as gabled roofs that create an orderly visual interplay of simple, dynamic and fun shapes. Each home is characterized by large floor-to-ceiling windows ensuring natural ventilation and lighting. Moreover, the numerous glass openings allow for constant visual contact with nature. [Photo Jaime Navarro]


Tribute to Vico Magistretti at Triennale di Milano

Triennale di Milano presents the exhibition celebrating the centenary of Vico Magistretti’s birth

Initially planned for 2020, the exhibition traces the career of the Milanese architect and designer through architecture and industrial design. In collaboration with Fondazione Vico Magistretti, it is curated by Gabriele Neri with exhibition design by Lorenzo Bini/Binocle.

Vico Magistretti and Rosario Messina with the prototype of the Nathalie bed, 1978. Photo courtesy Flou

Summarizing the work of Vico Magistretti is neither easy nor quick. Not only because he ranged from furniture to architecture with great ease, but precisely because of his never-ending curiosity, expressed in his experimentation with materials in the 1960s and 1970s. Or in Rosso Vico, the color that gave life to industrial plastic as well as to traditional wood.

Painting by Renato Guttuso, Sedia, libri e bicchiere, 1969, with the Carimate chair, 1960. Courtesy Galleria Mazzoleni/Triennale

A real innovator, also thanks to the support of visionary companies and entrepreneurs, there is no area of the home in which Magistretti did not experiment, always with excellent results. In fact, his designs were natural and spontaneous icons. Like the Carimate wood and straw chair, in Rosso Vico, from 1959. Or the Eclisse lamp and the lesser-known Selene chair, both from the 1960s, both in plastic, both for Artemide.

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Selene chair, designed for Artemide in 1966. Photo: Gianluca Di Ioia, Triennale

Vico Magistretti, designer and architect

Vico Magistretti worked with all the best and most famous Italian companies. With Flou he invented the textile bed, Nathalie, which is over 40 years old but is aging very well. For Schiffini he designed one of the first kitchens entirely in aluminum back in 1999. For De Padova he created countless products, which are still in production today. And for Cassina, among others, he designed the Maralunga sofa in 1973, one of the oldest best-selling pieces of upholstered furniture.

Discover Nathalie, the bed with the perfect bow, winner of the Compasso d’Oro Product Lifetime Achievement Award in 2020

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Eclisse lamp, designed by Vico Magistretti for Artemide in 1966. Photo: Gianluca Di Ioia, Triennale

Subtly ironic, he was aware of the power of design and loved his profession and the endless possibilities it offered to redesign everyday life. And he actually did it as it can be seen in his extensive legacy of everyday objects, from the bedside lamp to the table lamp, up to revisited canvas garden chair, but also one-piece plastic tables and chairs.

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In the foreground, Piccy armchair, produced by Fumagalli in 1946, reissued by Campeggi in 2011. Photo: Gianluca Di Ioia, Triennale

Discover Nathalie, the bed with the perfect bow, winner of the Compasso d’Oro Product Lifetime Achievement Award in 2020

A Milanese architect with a British spirit

Born and raised in Milan, Vico Magistretti was a very representative member of the Milanese middle class: cultured, curious, very Milanese and very international. Thanks to the historical period in which he was born, he could take advantage of the post-war reconstruction to leave his mark on Milanese architecture. Red is also found in some of his buildings, such as on the façades of the Piazza San Marco building, one of Milan’s post-war icons.

Building in Piazza San Marco, 1969-71, the façade with the roof garden. Photo: Federico Balestrini, Ordine degli Architetti di Milano

He loved the British spirit, he taught in England and the country reciprocated with the Gold Medal by SIAD – Society of Industrial Artists and Designers. He was also a lecturer and an honorary member of the Royal College of Art.

The exhibition, divided into themed sections, displays products, drawings, sketches and images of his countless projects, preserved and reorganized by Fondazione Vico Magistretti, which also organizes visits to the studio-museum, which was always the same, on Via Conservatorio.

Vico Magistretti – Architetto milanese – Triennale di Milano 11 May – 12 September 2021


David Chipperfield designs Kunsthaus Zürich

David Chipperfield Architects Berlin has completed the extension to Kunsthaus Zürich

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The new wing of Kunsthaus Zürich is located in Heimplatz, opposite the historical building by Karl Moser (1910), in Zurich. A passageway running underneath the square connects the two buildings and the Schauspielhaus theater, creating a gateway to the arts.

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The extension project by David Chipperfield Architects plays a fundamental role in the city’s plan as it connects the square to the south and the new Garden of Art to the north, designed by Wirtz International Landscape Architects.

Slender vertical fins in limestone define the outer shell and lend depth and three-dimensionality to the walls. All façades are made with the same natural stone used for local historical buildings and the existing Kunsthaus Zürich building. In this way, the buildings establish a connection with the past and Zurich’s cultural traditions.

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The core of the project by David Chipperfield Architects is the expansive central hall on the ground floor. A large open staircase leads to the exhibition areas on the two upper floors and connects the building and the city. The ground floor hosts public areas such as the café/bar, events halls, the bookshop and museum education services. The two upper floors host the permanent classic and modern collection, the Bührle collection, temporary exhibitions and the contemporary art collection from the ’60s onwards.

[Text: Arianna Callocchia; Photo: Kunsthaus Zürich, David Chipperfield Architects Berlin, Noshe]


Artesia by Gaber wins two awards at Red Dot Award 2021

Gaber wins the Red Dot Award 2021 with Artesia, a chair with an innovative and very functional design

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The jury of the Red Dot Award 2021, one of the most important design competitions in the world, has given the Artesia chair by Gaber two awards, Red Dot and Red Dot: Best of the Best 2021.

Artesia: all you need is the bare essentials

Designed by Forsix Industrial Design, Artesia is a practical and comfortable chair, particularly suitable for public spaces such as conference rooms, classes, offices or waiting areas. The minimalist and geometric design of Artesia makes this chair very versatile and functional. It is very easy to assemble and needs no screws. Moreover, these chairs are easy to stack, up to 20 on the floor and 50 on a trolley (with a maximum height of 2.1 m).

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The extremely innovative and versatile design of Artesia offers many customization possibilities. Available in seven pastel colors, it can be made with or without armrest. It can be equipped with an anti-panic writing tablet that can be hooked and unhooked as necessary, linking mechanisms, a trolley with handle to make it easier to move. Lastly, for a more stable chair, it is even possible to add four self-braking wheels.

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Antonio Rodriguez: marble is naturalness

Antonio Rodriguez, designer, talks about the naturalness of marble

Authentic Natural Stone is a living material that is highly appreciated for its thousand possible applications. From architecture to interior design, up to the kitchen, the many variants of stone offer a thousand different interpretations. Marble, granite, travertine and other stones are living materials, which offer multiple possibilities of use and change their appearance depending on the use.

Antonio Rodriguez, designer and partner in Matteo Thun & Partners, praises the naturalness of marble. “Marble is natural, durable and versatile”, says Rodriguez. “Natural and beautiful, marble is a material that lasts over time; just think of the sculptures from ancient Greece. Marble is also an extremely versatile material that can be used for architecture, for example for the façades of churches and palaces. And it is perfect for furniture. Finally, it is very beautiful and very suitable for small objects such as kitchen utensils; the mortar, for example, is a typical marble kitchen tool. A perfect example to describe the versatility of marble is the Alhambra, in Granada, my home town, where marble is used for very large floors as well as the tiniest details of the sculptures.”

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The marble bathtub is iconic

“For Italian company Neutra we designed the Duo bathtub, also available in the marble version. I think that marble is perfect for simple forms that do not follow trends precisely because it lasts a long time. And a simple form is even better as it allows the material to express its essence and beauty at its best. The simpler a form is, the more the material acquires a life of its own.”

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Duo bathtub, by Matteo Thun & Antonio Rodriguez for Neutra

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SKS DE-Sign Contest. The revolution of the home begins in the kitchen

Signature Kitchen Suite launches a competition for architects and architecture students dedicated to the new role of the kitchen

The theme of the competition is the design of a new role for the domestic kitchen, also in light of the most recent changes accelerated by the health emergency. Participation in the competition is open to registered architects and final-year architecture or interior design students residing in Italy. It will be possible to apply until June 30, 2021, by submitting an original design of what the ideal kitchen of the present and future time should look like. Projects must include at least two Signature Kitchen Suite appliances.

The dedicated platform for further information and submissions is at this link sksdesigncontest.it

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The contest reflects the three elements of Signature Kitchen Suite’s DNA. Innovation is understood as smart technology that responds to the real needs of people. Design is about rethinking spaces and making different environments communicate with each other. Finally, food, at the base of the project, expresses the key concept expressed by the True to Food philosophy and indicates how the attention to quality food can have an impact on architecture and design projects.

The theme of the SKS De-sign Contest

The Covid-19 health emergency has highlighted the need to rethink certain spaces in the home. With a view to future ways of managing work, involving a greater presence at home, the flexibility of domestic space is certainly a topic for reflection. The competition, therefore, fosters reflection on the meaning of the kitchen today. While remaining the key space for food preparation, the kitchen today needs to change and transform rapidly, and takes on new centrality in the domestic environment.

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The kitchen of the Signature Kitchen Suite showroom in Milan

The jury

A jury composed of experts in the interior design field will judge the projects:

Gilda Bojardi, editor-in-chief of the INTERNI magazine (Mondadori Group) and of all the publications of the system. Creator of the first Interni Designer’s Week Milano in 1990, in 2007 she received the Ambrogino d'Oro from the Municipality of Milan and in 2020 the Compasso d'Oro ADI for lifetime achievement;

Maria Santi, architect, Councilor of the Chamber of Architects of the Province of Milan and its Foundation since 2017. In 2012 she founded the Cristofori Santi Architetti Associati practice with Giacomo Cristofori;

Fabio Calvi and Paolo Brambilla, architects and designers, co-founders of the Calvi Brambilla practice, based in Milan. They oversaw the interior design of the Signature Kitchen Suite showroom in Milan;

Imma Forino, Full Professor of Interior Architecture and Exhibition Design at the Politecnico di Milano and author of "La cucina. Storia culturale di un luogo domestico" published by Einaudi in 2019;

Manuela Ricci, marketing manager of Signature Kitchen Suite and responsible for all brand communication activities in Italy. She boasts twenty years of experience in the sector of high-end kitchen appliances.

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The kitchen of the Signature Kitchen Suite showroom in Milan

The prizes

Architects’ category:

1st prize: 5-night trip for two to Napa Valley (California), including a guided tour of the Signature Kitchen Suite training center. Overnight stay in a 5* hotel, round-trip flights and transfers included.

2nd prize: trip for two to Milan with 1-night stay in a 5* hotel, dinner at a starred restaurant and cooking class or wine tasting experience at the Signature Kitchen Suite showroom.

3rd prize: experiential day in Milan for two people, private tour of one of Milan's design districts, panoramic lunch and cooking class or wine tasting experience at the Signature Kitchen Suite showroom.

Students’ category:

Single prize: 1-month internship at an architecture studio or specialized company in Milan; a cooking class for two at the Signature Kitchen Suite showroom.

Winner announcement

The winners of the competition in the two categories will be announced in September during Salone del Mobile.Milano with a ceremony at the Signature Kitchen Suite showroom, via Manzoni 47, Milan. Moreover, the winning projects in the two categories will be featured in the INTERNI magazine, official media partner of the initiative, and on the digital channels of Signature Kitchen Suite.

The dedicated platform for further information and submissions is at this link sksdesigncontest.it


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German design plays the lead role in the new LenzWerk Monaco showroom

The new LenzWerk Monaco showroom hosts the excellences of German design for tailor-made interior design projects

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The lounge area of the LenzWerk Monaco showroom

High-end furniture store chain LenzWerk has opened its first showroom on the French Riviera, in the heart of the Principality of Monaco. LenzWerk Monaco, which can be visited by appointment only, is located inside Villa Nuvola, an elegant building designed by Parisian architect Jean-Pierre Lott. The showroom occupies an area of 800 square meters, and reproduces, through a specially-made layout, a refined and elegant home furnished with products by the best German companies.

At LenzWerk Monaco, shapes, materials and colors become a source of inspiration for new furnishing projects. Customers and visitors can touch and see up close the quality, beauty and functionality of the products by Jan Kath, Walter Knoll, Occhio, Burmester, Bette. But also by Dornbracht, Miele, WMF, KSI, and many other brands.

Villa Nuvola: between art and design

In addition to the LenzWerk Monaco furniture showroom, Villa Nuvola, in Monte Carlo, houses an event space and the Koenig Galerie Berlin art gallery. The gallery exhibits the works of the most important exponents of contemporary German art such as Katharina Grosse, Jorinde Voigt, Anselm Reyle, Jeppe Hein, Alicia Kwade.

Discover the exhibition German Design 1948-1989: Two Countries, One History

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The kitchen of the LenzWerk Monaco showroom

LenzWerk: a successful group

LenzWerk is internationally renowned for renovating listed buildings such as the Thomas Mann House in Los Angeles, California, the former residence of Nobel laureate Thomas Mann, who lived there with his family during his exile from 1942 to 1952.

The LenzWerk group embraces the whole world of design, creating living spaces that improve people’s quality of life. The Berlin-based holding company includes the following companies: LenzWerk Manufakt GmbH, for the design and manufacture of custom furniture; LenzWerk Konzept and LenzWerk Konstrukt GmbH, for the design and construction of public and private spaces, respectively; LenzWerk TechniK, for consulting, planning and implementation of the latest technologies in the field of construction; LenzWerk Development GmbH for residential and commercial real estate projects in modular construction, with the support of WerkModul; LenzWerk Monaco S.A.M., the company’s first showroom that brings the excellence of German design under one roof.

Below, the façade of the LenzWerk Monaco showroom, at Villa Nuvola, in Monte Carlo

Discover the exhibition German Design 1948-1989: Two Countries, One History


London Design Biennale 2021 is back

Post-Covid-19 recovery and collective health are the themes of the 2021 edition of London Design Biennale

Originally planned for 2020, due to the pandemic it was postponed by a year. Curated by Es Devlin, London Design Biennale 2021 focuses on four highly topical macro-themes.

  • Environment: how can we design better places?
  • Health: how can design make it easier to be healthy?
  • Society: how can design empower everyone?
  • Work: how can work be designed to be meaningful?
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Ecotopia, a new utopia for the 21st-century city. Ecotopia2121.com

London Design Biennale 2021, Design in an Age of Crisis, will welcome 500 projects from 50 countries across 6 continents.

The London Design Biennale 2021 exhibition will be held as usual at Somerset House. The partnership between the Biennale and Chatham House has led to the creation of a platform that has called the 500 participants through a collective search.

Environmental and health sustainability to feel better

Many of the submitted projects reflect the ingenuity that is triggered in times of crisis: the climate change crisis is widely addressed, and, as countries around the world look ahead to the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) in November, proposals focus on the desire to rebalance our relationship with nature. Proposals address the issues of urban sustainability, the use of public space and the built environment, green spaces.

Discover Architecture Biennale 2021

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A project for water municipalities in Gorakhpur district, India, that aims to protect residents of an area prone to periodic flooding. Madeinmumbai.net

A new green utopia

“Forest for Change” is the centerpiece of the 2021 edition of London Design Biennale. A forest of 400 trees belonging to 23 varieties typical of the UK and Northern Europe will create a green landscape in the courtyard of Somerset House. The pavilion will offer a journey of discovery and interaction, with a Global Goals installation in the forest’s central clearing.

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Forest for Change, installation in the courtyard of Somerset House for London Design Biennale 2021

The forest will gather voices from across society to create a collective message for change in an effort to fight climate change, reduce inequality, and include everyone in the post-Covid-19 recovery. Designed by Es Devlin, internationally renowned artist and designer as well as artistic director of the Biennale, in collaboration with landscape designer Philip Jaffa and urban greening specialists Scotscape, the outdoor experience is presented in partnership with Project Everyone, a not-for-profit agency founded by Richard Curtis, Kate Garvey and Gail Gallie to further awareness and engagement with Global Goals.

Project of a center for makers and designers, by Thabisa Mjo, Ngillan Faal, Yemi Awosile, South Africa

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