HOMI 2021, The Lifestyle Trade Fair

HOMI is back with a new edition from 5 to 8 September at the Rho-Fieramilano premises

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UNO, linen tablecloth by Casa&Design

From 5 to 8 September the pavilions of Rho-Fieramilano will host the new edition of HOMI, The Lifestyle Trade Fair. The event, which every year presents the trends related to all forms of living, is ready to showcase the many new products and projects for contemporary living, with a new edition.

Also this year, experts and enthusiasts will be able to discover the trends of home living in Italy and in the world, within experimental exhibition spaces. They will also discover numerous collections of objects and accessories, made in Italy and around the world.

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The Aura Sitting Ball is a new way to sit. AURA, upholstered in leather, handmade with visible stitching, is available with different covers and colors

The importance of the “Made in” label

This year, a part of the fair will be dedicated to “Made in”, which means that the best of Italian and international craft production, guaranteed by a quality label, will be on display. Visitors will have the opportunity to see up close and touch materials linked to different territories, which, revisited and reused, give life to new and unusual furnishing collections.

Craftsmanship and green soul: the values of HOMI 2021

Among the installations, LOVE, by Cuoio di Toscana and Driade, will present one of Driade’s iconic console tables, covered in pure leather. The installation celebrates the traditional values on which the fair is based: Made in Italy, Craftsmanship and Green Soul.

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TILE, the craft ceramic collection by WEISSESTAL

Meetings and workshops for all

Numerous moments of meeting and discussion will make it possible to discover the latest market trends, with new ideas for future projects.

Architects and professionals will be able to participate in a series of meetings organized in collaboration with the Foundation of the Order of Architects of the province of Milan and Platform Architecture and Design. These meetings will make it possible to obtain professional training credits.

Retailers, on the other hand, will have the opportunity to participate in workshops organized in collaboration with ASS. ART, including the one on Olfactory Design organized with Polidesign.

Discover design icons at Homi 2021

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Ovetto ABS line by SOLDI design is a functional and sustainable object for recycling, which becomes a furnishing item. Made of recycled plastic, it has three independent compartments and a practical compactor for plastic bottles and cans to optimize space


Fuorisalone 2021: the center of Milan

Permanent showrooms and temporary events, new stores: the Fuorisalone in the center of Milan

An essential destination for the Fuorisalone in Milan has always been the city center. There, permanent showrooms and temporary events mark a route to cover on foot so as not to miss any event.

At via Cavallotti 16, Gallotti & Radice presents the new collection, with a special installation by David Nicolas.

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Gallotti & Radice showroom

At Misura Arredamenti, Largo Augusto 8, Lema presents the projects for 2021 designed by Officinadesign Lema and other designers, including Gabriele and Oscar Buratti, which expand the company’s catalog now including sofas, chairs, tables, complements, next to systems for living and sleeping areas.

The B&B Italia showroom, at Via Durini 14, will be transformed into D Studio: a space hosting B&B Italia, Maxalto, Azucena, Arclinea, Flos and Louis Poulsen, in a single design experience.

Gervasoni, at via Durini 7, presents the new indoor collection, with new products designed by Paola Navone. The showroom changes its look and invents a new scenography.

A regenerating stop at the Starpool showroom, at via Durini 27, will be a must. It will be possible to personally experiment Wellness Coach, an interactive system that in just 20 minutes transforms moments of rest into regeneration.

And Ceccotti Collezioni, on via Durini as well, presents the new products designed by Jaime Hayon.

From Piazza San Babila to corso Monforte

At Palazzo Visconti, on Via Cino del Duca, in the center of the downtown area, André Fu Living takes advantage of Milan’s Fuorisalone to present the new collection, Art Deco Garden. The designer from Hong Kong, awarded as designer of the year at Maison & Objet Asia and by Elle Decor, debuts in Milan with a series of furniture, complements and finishes, inspired by craftsmanship. On display, wallpapers made with de Gournay, and armchairs upholstered with fabrics by Loro Piana.

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Andrè Fu Living collection

On via Santa Cecilia, De Padova presents the latest collection by the Group including Boffi, De Padova, ADL, Time & Style Edition, MA/U Studio.

On corso Monforte, Foscarini presents the new products with Rodolfo Dordoni and Alberto and Francesco Meda.

Not to be missed is the 50th anniversary of Parentesi, celebrated in the Flos showroom with an installation by Calvi Brambilla. Flos Professional, on the other hand, presents Oplight, by Jasper Morrison.

On via Santa Cecilia, Listone Giordano Arena is back with a completely renovated space and new partners.

New mood for Fiam, at Mariani Design, via Visconti di Modrone.

From via Manzoni to piazza Cavour

Tom Dixon is returning to Milan, which will be the first city of a Grand Tour involving eight European cities, after months of forced stop. At the The Manzoni restaurant, he will host the Luminosity exhibition, with the Melt and Press lamps. Moreover, next door, at the Valextra showroom, it will be possible to visit the Back Light exhibition, with 10 monumental LEDs inspired by Italian design masters of Gio Ponti, Ettore Sotssass, Achille Castiglioni.

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The Jungle, The Manzoni restaurant

New store and new project by Philippe Starck for Bottega Ghianda. The new store opens on 6 September at via Pisoni 2.

New setup and new immersive experience for per Signature Kitchen Suite, which, on the occasion of the Milan Design Week, presents True Food.

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The kitchen of the "gallery owner's house" in the basement of the Signature Kitchen Suite showroom in Milan, a project by Calvi Brambilla

Fuorisalone 2021: the new Alpha District

The debut of Alpha District among skyscrapers, towers and new squares

Milan's new City Life district is a large area that replaced the old Fiera Campionaria ("Trade Fair"); of the pre-existing buildings, only the Palazzo delle Scintille, the three pavilions of Fieramilano at Portello, and little else remain. Between the towers designed by Daniel Libeskind and the new skyscrapers, the district is trying to build its own identity; it takes advantage of the Fuorisalone 2021 to create an exhibition route, with its epicenter on Piazza Gino Valle.

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Gino Valle Square, center of the new neighborhood

Alpha District is a marketing project by FORO Studio, under the patronage of the Municipality of Milan, Automobile Club Milano, Observatory for the landscape Monte Stella Milano and AC Milan - Associazione Calcio Milan. Not only Alpha District is a debut in the Fuorisalone, but it is also an official presentation of an area of Milan completed in very recent times. Actually, the whole district will become an open-air exhibition space, with many free open-air installations that can be visited at any time.

Alpha District: the Cathedrals

On Piazza Gino Valle, the Cathedrals, pop-up exhibitions will host brands, collectives of different creatives, and solo designers. The concept creates mini-architectures with different shapes and sizes, inspired by Giorgio De Chirico's Italian Piazzas. Some cathedrals will host individual designers, including Antonio Aricò, AVA Wolff, Chendù, Duccio Maria Gambi, Gumdesign, and Serena Confalonieri. One of the mini-architectures will instead be curated by the MONOMIO portal. The collective MONOMIO aims to create a bridge between craftsmanship, design, and conscious production, emphasizing the uniqueness of national and international projects. The products on display will be available for sale in limited editions exclusively on the online store.

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Hysteria: a design for the most challenging themes

The Hysteria project deals with social and topical issues, with irony and lightness. The design, therefore, explores an aspect of life that concerns everyday life but which is rarely considered as a project topic: sexuality. Starting point is hysteria, a female condition that led to the invention of the vibrator, patented by Dr. Mortimer Granville. Valentina Cerra + Chiara Corbani; Chendù; Luca Cremona; Lorenzo Fabietti + Pietro Sganzerla; Lorenzo and Simona Perrone; Nicole Muroni; Miguel Reguero; Testatonda; Trepunti created different projects, each one starting from a specific sex toy. Therefore, the designers will be the leading actors of an exhibition mixing art and design, left to the visitors' interpretation. Hysteria was produced with The Zen Agency, promoter of the event, and Magic America, sexy e-shop and technical sponsor.

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Out Door: how children viewed design during the lockdown

The setup of the Out Door project includes a series of colored doors, leading to a set of objects made by the pupils of the IV Novembre Primary School in Parabiago, during the March-April 2020 lockdown. The colored doors hold the children's creations, staging the emotions and feelings that the children experienced, through everyday objects.

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The events planned by Alpha District for the September Fuorisalone 2021 will also involve the art world with Le Strade dell'Arte, Kundalini, and Tape #04 - On wave; the cosmos with the Specula project; food with Larmandino.

Le Strade dell'Arte will be a photographic exhibition at the Tennis Club Milano Bonacossa, open to creatives and artists with the curatorship of Looking for Art, to promote young and very young talents. An opportunity to see up close the Club House, an architecture by Giovanni Muzio from 1923.

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Club House at Club Tennis Bonacossa, project by Giovanni Muzio, 1923

At Fuorisalone 2021, Alcova third edition

Alcova third edition, 2021, discovers a new suburb, west of Milan

In search of new locations to rediscover, Alcova returns to Milan for its third edition, and finds new abandoned buildings that will come back to life for Fuorisalone 2021. The Alcova 2021 edition occupies three historical buildings, at the beginning of via Saint Bon, inside the Inganni barracks. The exhibition occupies about 3,500 square meters, including indoor and outdoor spaces, with over 50 exhibitors including independent designers, innovative brands, galleries, cultural institutions, and manufacturers.

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Alcova 2021 venue. Photo Delfino Sisto Lignani

As in previous editions, Alcova 2021 joins established figures from the international scene, presenting innovative products and materials, installations, workshops, site-specific projects. Ecological, political, and anthropological discourses, stories about design history, or expressions of new exhibition currents are interwoven among the different works featured in this new edition.

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Alcova 2021 venue. Photo Delfino Sisto Lignani

Alcova Milan 2021 is a project curated by Space Caviar and Studio Vedèt; project team Valentina Ciuffi, Joseph Grima, Martina Muzi, Marco De Amicis, Matilde Losi, Andrea Guarinoni.

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Joseph Grima and Valentina Ciuffi. Photo: Elisabetta Claudio

Herbarium of Interiors - Case Study #2. Milk Bar

Interior architecture is cataloged in a studio, like a herbarium. This is the work done by the students of MAIA (Master of Arts in Interior Architecture), under the supervision of India Madhavi. For two years, students revisited several iconic interiors, coming up with a case study. Case Study #2 is the Milk Bar, inspired by the Korova Milk Bar from the movie A Clockwork Orange. Even though the original did not actually exist, the project aims to redefine the boundaries of interior architecture, which is an increasingly prominent feature of contemporary life.

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HEAD - Genève & India Mahdavi - Michel Giesbrecht - Alice Proux

Lukas Wegwerth with Crafting Plastics!

Lukas Wegwerth and Crafting Plastics! collaborate to create a new construction system, Three + One, combining modular connectors and oak beams. The wood comes from central Germany, with a sustainable supply chain. On the other hand, the joints are made of bio-based plastic, a material polymerized from starch and metabolized by microorganisms from sugar. At Alcova 2021, it will therefore be possible to see furniture elements combining bioplastics and wood.

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Bioplastic joint, Three+One system, Lukas Wegwerth and Crafting Plastics!

MUT Design and its eleventh anniversary

Valencia-based studio MUT Design is celebrating its eleventh anniversary, after skipping the tenth due to the pandemic. To celebrate this anniversary, the studio organized a setup with its most iconic products. The products will be set in Mediterranean landscapes, with 3D images created with artist Massimo Colonna.

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Alberto Sánchez and Eduardo Villalón, the founders of MUT Design

Alcove Milan 2021 and the nature that takes over its spaces

Nature taking over abandoned spaces is the ideal setting for Visionnaire's Aracea lamp. On the second floor of the "Casa delle Suore ("House of the Sisters"), a dim light, filtered by leaves, hosts the installation De Rerum Natura curated by Gunilla Zamboni AKA Gupica. The Aracea light design project is a collection of sculptural lamps, designed by Gupica for Visionnaire and presented, in all its models, for the first time at Alcova. A delicate and at the same time iconic presence, the Aracea lamp draws inspiration from exotic plants, synthesizing their forms and transforming the leaf into a luminous object.

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Aracea lamp, by Visionnaire. Photo: Elettra Bastoni

Fuorisalone 2021: Tortona Design Week

At Fuorisalone 2021, Tortona Design Week comes back, with a program marked by sustainability

The rich program of Fuorisalone 2021 includes the events organized by Torneria Tortona and Tortona Locations. For the occasion, IN-OUT perception of sustainability is the project that sees an opportunity for collective growth in the ongoing change. The different exhibitions will celebrate design as a promoter of innovation, the result of continuous research to reconcile the interaction between things, people, and spaces. The commitment to innovative materials, the use of AI, the respect for the environment, and the search for an increasingly circular economy. Among the many participants, Italian and foreigners, who chose to take part in the project, we can mention Haier, Candy, and Hoover; APIMA and AICEP Portugal Global; Nitto; ICONA Design Group; Lechler - ColorDesign; Sense - immaterial Reality; Officina 14; Zip Zone Events; Materioteca; Tiziana Pistoni and Studio.traccia.

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Installation by Nitto

At Tortona Design Week: the house of the future

At Superstudio Più, Haier, Candy, and Hoover, among the most famous brands in the world in household appliances, will invite the audience to rethink their way of living at home.

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Smarthome by Haier

Haier will launch its Smart Home concept, Haier Home of the future. The public, in small groups, will have the opportunity to see up close a simulation of a fully interconnected home, with a complete ecosystem of appliances and solutions for everyday life. Candy will present Snap&Do - Connections make the difference, an installation to showcase the ability of Candy appliances to offer intelligent and intuitive solutions.

Performance and Connectivity for a healthier place to live will be Hoover's showcase for the launch of H-ABITAT, the set of interconnected products that take care of the family's health and well-being in the home environment.

The Portuguese tradition

Promoted by APIMA and AICEP Portugal Global, the exhibition Made in Portugal, naturally at Tortona Design Week 2021, presents the tradition, savoir-faire, quality, and unique design of Portuguese home and furniture products and brands. A70 square meter exhibition space will host more than 20 manufacturers from Fileira Casa Portuguesa - a group of industries that provide functional, attractively designed solutions for the home and hospitality industry and have established themselves in recent years as one of the most dynamic export branches of the Portuguese economy.

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Made in Portugal naturally, exhibition at Tortona 12, Tortona Design Week 2021

Among the big international names will be Nitto, a Japanese manufacturer of high-performance materials. The Search for Light installation will offer a glimpse into the future of light through a magical labyrinth designed by Kaoru Mende. The labyrinth provides a close-up look at Raycrea, the latest light control technology developed by Nitto, with its new possibilities for illuminating surfaces.

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Installation by Kaoru Mende for Nitto

ICONA Design Group will set up Designing the future, an exhibition with many automotive, industrial, and product design innovations. A fully self-driving concept car, a necklace that allows you to breathe crisp and clean air as after a thunderstorm, a technological baobab that produces drinking water are among the projects that you can see at Fuorisalone 2021.

Concept car by ICONA Design Group

Superstudio MAXI at Fuorisalone 2021

Superstudio Group comes back to Fuorisalone 2021 with two great events: Superdesign Show and Design Beyond Design, at Superstudio Maxi

Superstudio Group doubles and in September 2021 is coming back to Milan with two big events. In addition to the well-established Superdesign Show, at Superstudio Più, from September 5 to 10, the new, just opened Superstudio Maxi presents Design Beyond Design.

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Design Beyond Design: Superstudio Maxi exhibitions at Fuorisalone 2021

Design Beyond Design is the project of a "design fair" on the move. The halls of Superstudio Maxi via Moncucco, in fact, host product exhibitions, installations, video projections, and productions, streaming meetings with the leading actors of the project. In addition to non-profit projects, such as the sale of objects for charity purposes, or Itaca, the new project dedicated to young people.

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Design: products and research

Another design

NeoDesign - by Leonardo Talarico. A personal debut. Pure lines, rigorous aesthetics, and innovation.

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Leonardo Talarico, coffee table Metodo, by MDF Italia

AntiDesign - by Gianni Arnaudo. Unpublished sofas-cartoon Mee-Thing. By Gugliermetto-Experience.

PopDesign - by Diego and Guido Gugliermetto and Franco Mello. Irreverent seating (including a maxi-cup of champagne to celebrate Superstudio Maxi). By Gugliermetto-Experience.

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Nodone (Big Knot), by Franco Mello and DM Gugliermetto, for G-Experience, seat in polyurethane and elastic fabric

PandemicDesign - by Luca Gnizio. An essential setting, a table, a chair, a painting, a lamp. Symbolic furniture created with the recycling of industrial waste, of which Gnizio is a specialist.

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Luca Gnizio, chair Forpandemic

The installations

Rays of Light - by Adriana Lohmann and Giò Colonna Romano. A luminous cascade with the new Slim lamps by Slide For Life.

Paperthinks - by Daniele Papuli. Paper sculptures or design objects, sinuous shapes, and fragile material become something else in the artist's hands. Exclusive installation and video. In conjunction with Scultografie, a site-specific exhibition at Assab One (via Privata Assab 1, Milan, from September 4 to October 16).

Paperthinks installation, by Daniele Papuli

Architecture and performance

Architecture

An Italian (architect) in... Architect-Tour conducted by Laura Ragazzola for Matrix4Design. Four films of about an hour to get to know the studios LOT-EK, with Ada Tolla and Giuseppe Lignano, BIG - Bjarke Ingels Group, with Enea Michelesio, GG-loop, with Giacomo Garziano, and finally SNØHETTA, with Tommaso Maserati. Aphorisms - The thoughts of great architects that help build a better world scattered throughout the exhibition hall.

The performance

BodyInSign. Project by Susanna Beltrami, DanceHaus Academy, and Hip Hop Department. Site-specific and long durational performance, dance video, and talk by 40 performers who for 5 hours non-stop interact with the space discovering different techniques, languages, and knowledge. On September 5/6/9.

Performance DanceHaus Academy

The interior design of Superstudio Maxi

Finally, Superstudio Maxi also includes several areas for conversation or simple relaxation. The five lounges are designed by Paola Navone, Marcel Wanders, Karim Rashid, Marc Sadler, Lorenza Bozzoli by Slide Design. Food&Beverage comes from Temakinho kiosk.

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Milan Triennale at Fuorisalone 2021

At Fuorisalone 2021, the Triennale will be the hub in Milan of the Supersalone. Here, the ongoing exhibitions and special events

On September 4, 2021, three exhibitions with free admission will open to the public at the Milan Triennale, on the occasion of Milan Design Week. The Salone/the City, until September 12, is a project curated by Mario Piazza, created by the Triennale Design Museum for the Salone del Mobile.Milano. The exhibition tells about the many special events of Salone del Mobile.Milano in the city, throughout the different editions.

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Favilla. Ogni luce una voce (Favilla. Every light a voice), 2015, Piazza San Fedele. Photo: Alessandro Russotti, courtesy Salone del Mobile.Milano

A series of exhibitions, projects and installations involving leading names, more and more fascinating, year after year. The show addresses diverse major topics: craftsmanship, the first investigations into the concept of "furniture," the great Masters, the rise of the "Italian style," the subject of living in a broad sense.

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Tutti a tavola! (Everybody at the table!), 2010, Villa Reale. Photo Saverio Lombardi Vallauri, courtesy Salone del Mobile.Milano

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Carlo Mollino at Casa Albonico

Also with free admission, from September 4 to November 7, Carlo Mollino. Allusioni Iperformali, curated by Marco Sammicheli, who is also the Director of the Triennale Design Museum. The exhibition presents the furnishings of Casa Albonico, designed by the Turin-born architect between 1944 and 1946. This project highlights Mollino's connection with the second Futurism and his interest in physics and aerodynamics. The furnishings, acquired by the Ministry of Culture, are now on loan to the Triennale Design Museum. Exhibit design by Studio Bunker.

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Carlo Mollino, cabinet in carved wood and wood veneer, made by the carpentry Apelli e Varesio, Turin, 1944
. Photo: Gianluca Di Ioia

Finally, again for Fuorisalone 2021, the exhibition Fittile. Italian Artistic Craftsmanship in Contemporary Ceramics. From September 4 to October 31, in collaboration with Fondazione Cologni dei Mestieri d'Arte, it will be a journey through Italian artistic ceramics. Curated by Ugo La Pietra, the exhibition explores Italian artistic ceramics: craftsmanship spread throughout the country with types, techniques, materials, workshops, authors of richness and diversity unique in the world. Fittile is the third project of the cycle Mestieri d'Arte & Design. Crafts Culture, the result of the collaboration between Triennale and Fondazione Cologni, which offers a new point of view on contemporary applied arts.

Exhibition Fittile, Ceramiche Rometti (Jean Christoph Clair), Arythmie, Handmade majolica, with incision and clay ribbon wrapping, blue glaze. Photo: Laura Tofani

Triennale Design Musuem

In addition to the special exhibitions with free admission, the Triennale offers the regular program, with special hours, from 11:00 am to 10:00 pm, and the special opening on Monday, September 6, 2021.

The Triennale Design Museum, directed by Marco Sammicheli and recently renovated, presents its new layout. In this exhibit, the Museum of Italian Design tells the story of the evolution of the everyday object, from after World War II to 1981, a conventional date that refers to the foundation of Memphis, and the new course of Italian design from Memphis onward. Objects and artifacts are in chronological order, and provided with texts and insights that help frame the context of each historical period.

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Exhibition at Triennale Design Museum. Foto: Gianluca di Ioia, courtesy Triennale

Still running until September 12, not to be missed at the Triennale, are the exhibitions dedicated to Enzo Mari and Vico Magistretti.

The exhibition dedicated to Enzo Mari, curated by Hans Urich Obrist with Francesca Giacomelli, illustrates the designer's work through projects, models, drawings, and often unpublished materials from the Mari Archive, recently donated to CASVA - Centro di Alti Studi sulle Arti Visive del Comune di Milano.

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Enzo Mari

The exhibition dedicated to Vico Magistretti, produced in collaboration with the Vico Magistretti Foundation, is curated by Gabriele Neri, with installation design by Lorenzo Bini/Binocle. Divided into thematic sections, the exhibition presents products, drawings, sketches, and images of his countless projects, preserved and rearranged by the Vico Magistretti Foundation.

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Vico Magistretti - Milanese Architect - Milan Triennale, 2021. Photo: Gianluca Di Noia, courtesy Triennale

Supersalone 2021: the iconic chairs

At Supersalone 2021 a tribute to the chair, the most iconic object of design, where Made in Italy plays an important role

The exhibition Take Your Seat/Prendi posizione - Solitude and Conviviality of the Chair/Solitudine e convivialità della sedia, curated by Nina Bassoli, in collaboration with ADI - Compasso d'Oro, celebrates the chair as an iconic object which synthesizes more than other products the value of a good project.

Divided into four thematic sections, with an "extra" section at the ADI Design Museum, at Via Ceresio 7, the exhibition illustrates how design conveyed languages and contents through significant societal changes. The various products also show how design responded to cultural changes, with new inventions. The purpose of the exhibition, curated by Alessandro Colombo and Perla Gianni, is to communicate the historical context in which the various products were born. From the 1950s to 1968, up to the present day, each period had to face different challenges. More than 130 chairs, which received Awards or special mentions at the Compasso d'Oro, represent the state of the industry and the design project in the historical period in which they came onto the market.

The chairs awarded in the first two editions of the Compasso d'Oro

Among the first chairs, in chronological order, the Model 683, designed by Carlo De Carli, architect and researcher, from 1965 to 1968 Dean of the Faculty of Architecture at the Politecnico di Milano, where he taught until 1986. Awarded the Compasso d'Oro in 1954, the year of the first edition, the chair produced by the Figli A. Cassina firm, was made using modern techniques (molded solid wood and molded plywood). In addition, the basic shape and its structure composition made it a "typical model."

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Demountable chair 683, design by Carlo De Carli, production Figli di Amedeo Cassina, Compasso d'Oro 1954, l edition

The Luisa chair, designed by Franco Albini and produced by the Poggi joinery, was awarded the Compasso d'Oro in 1955. One of the most famous chairs made in Italy in the 1950s, Luisa is now exhibited both at the Triennale Design Museum in Milan and the permanent collection of MoMA, in New York. The jury of the Compasso d'Oro award honored both the overall design of the chair and the way it approached production technique.

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Luisa armchair, design by Franco Albini, produced by Carlo Poggi, Compasso d'Oro 1955, 2nd edition

Superleggera, by Gio Ponti and Cassina, one of the first sustainable chairs

Not awarded the Compasso d'Oro, but named as an Honorable Mention, the Superleggera chair, by Gio Ponti for Cassina, can be considered one of the first examples of a sustainable chair. The development of the product took about ten years - from 1949 to 1957 - years in which Gio Ponti fine-tuned the structure, featuring a triangular leg section. The chair's design made it possible to use as little material as possible, to create a lightweight chair to be held with a single finger. The use of very little material and the minimal weight are principles of sustainability, which are added to the chair's use of wood and straw. Its success is witnessed by the fact that it is still in production after 65 years.

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Superleggera chair, designed by Gio Ponti for Cassina, Honorable Mention at the Compasso d'Oro 1957, Fourth Edition

Chairs for the school industry and the Compasso d'Oro award

School construction is also a sector that has allowed for experimentation with technological innovation and design. In 1959, with the need to build 125,000 new schools, the Triennale announced a furniture competition. The Castiglioni brothers, with Luigi Caccia Dominioni, designed several prototypes of desks and chairs for schools. In the same year, the T12 chair, designed by Palini, won the Compasso d'Oro. Among the features that made it interesting were structure, materials, and production technique.

School chair T.12, design by Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni, Luigi Caccia Dominioni, produced by Palini Industria Legno, Compasso d'Oro 1960, 6th edition

Design and the innovation of plastic

More furniture for schools, but this time in plastic. The small chair K 1340 (later K 4999), a project by Marco Zanuso and Richard Sapper for Kartell, was awarded the Compasso d'Oro 1964 for its innovative industrial features. Made of polyethylene, the kid chair was the first entirely made of plastic, intended for schools. In addition to being light, easy to combine and disassemble, easy to clean, it was also resistant and perfectly expressed the requirements of a material still little used for large-scale production.

Children's chair in polyethylene K 1340, by Marco Zanuso with Richard Sapper for Kartell, Compasso d'Oro 1964, 8th edition

Featured image, Nina Bassoli, photo Aziza Vasco


Cersaie is back in 2021 with the 38th edition

After a long absence due to the pandemic, Cersaie, the world's most important event for ceramics, bathroom furnishings, architecture and design, returns in 2021

The 38th edition of Cersaie takes place in the halls of the Bologna Fair from 27 September to 1 October 2021. The 2021 edition of the International Exhibition of Ceramic Tile and Bathroom Furnishings occupies the fifteen pavilions of BolognaFiere, with about 600 exhibitors from 26 countries.

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Cersaie 2021: building, living, thinking

Among the many special events of the Bolognese event, an exhibition dedicated to the first results of the G124 project, directed by Senator Renzo Piano. G124 is the working group of young architects, named after room G124 in Palazzo Giustiniani in Rome, the seat of the Senate. The research is tasked with producing mending studies on the peripheries; the exhibition presents a selection of projects completed since 2014 with a focus on those now under construction in Modena, Padua and Palermo.

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Also as part of "Building, living, thinking," a lecture by the two architects Odile Decq and Benedetta Tagliabue, moderated by architectural historian Fulvio Irace. The sensory and tactile aspect of architecture, brought to the forefront by the pandemic, is a fundamental element in the projects by the two designers.

Eleven celebrated Italian architectural firms will be the focus of the "Small Talks Reloaded - Travel as Study" conference: Atelier(s) Alfonso Femia AF517, asv3 officina di architettura, Bricolo Falsarella, CZA - Cino Zucchi Architetti, Diverserighestudio, Iotti + Pavarani Architetti, Labics, MAP studio, Orizzontale, TAMassociatiWerner Tscholl.

Once again, a Pritzker Prize-winning architect will be giving the Lectio Magistralis at Cersaie: this year's guest will be Shigeru Ban. The event with the Japanese architect is scheduled for Friday, October 1, 2021, at 11:00 am, at the Palazzo dei Congressi of BolognaFiere.

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Shigeru Ban

The Café della Stampa

The Café della Stampa program features the participation of 18 major Italian publishers, including DDN. The many events scheduled are divided into three time slots: from 10:00 to 10:45 am, from 12:00 to 12:45 pm, and from 3:00 to 3:45 pm. Afternoon slot also takes place at the Media Agorà, in the service center, for conferences on interior design, bathroom furnishings materials, and in the Contract Hall Talks Room, for conferences on architecture and real estate.

Watch again Cafè della Stampa 2020, with DDN and Ludovica and Roberto Palomba

Cersaie once again features the "Tiling Town" in Hall 32. The 9th edition of the "Tiling Town" offers visitors demonstrations of laying with master tile layers, both indoors and outdoors.

Finally, on Thursday, September 30, and Friday, October 1, at "Cersaie Disegna La Tua Casa", at the Agorà dei Media, designers from 12 leading Italian interior design magazines offer advice to visitors.

See you at Cersaie, September 27th-October 1st, in Bologna, at Bologna Fair


Fuorisalone 2021: 5Vie Design Week

At Fuorisalone 2021, 5Vie Design Week is back, the eighth edition of the event involving the 5Vie District

The 2021 edition of the event is dedicated to Maestro AG Fronzoni, the father of Italian design minimalism in the years of the economic boom. As usual, 5Vie Design Week includes 5Vie productions, exhibitions and installations with guests and partners, meetings, talks, and entertainment. All activities will also be available on the digital platform 5Vie.it, for those who cannot attend.

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Giopato & Coombes, an exhibitor at 5Vie Design Week

Here and Now: Design in Action

5Vie presents four internationally renowned designers with four site-specific installations. At Via Cesare Correnti 14, curator Maria Cristina Didero offers the exhibition Looks Like Magic, by Spanish designer Jorge Penadés. Penadés uses textile scraps to give life to a new material and shows all the process phases in a pop-up laboratory set up for the occasion. Sara Ricciardi, a designer from Benevento, proposes a traveling performance that reinterprets the character of the street vendor. The designer will also design the "currency" of exchange with which visitors can buy products from the workers, which will be available at the 5Vie information booths.

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Installation by Jorge Penadés, via Cesare Correnti 14

At Via Santa Marta 18, at SIAM (location to be confirmed), Francesco Pace, with his studio Tellurico, presents the performance Untitled 1B, creating a live collection of wooden objects. SIAM will also host Richard Yasmine, a Lebanese architect and designer, who will not come to Milan but will be streamed from his studio during the whole event.

The performances will always be accessible, with reservations through the platform 5vie.it/events

Milan, from downtown to the world: Design in Motion

Moreover, the historic courtyards and the beautiful buildings, which will be opened for the occasion, will be the setting for exhibitions of excellence. In addition to its own productions, 5Vie has also this year the pleasure to host designers of national and international importance and collaborate with prestigious partners and institutions.

HoperAperta will be at Palazzo Recalcati, in the premises of Wannenes Auction House, with the exhibition "The Celibate Object. For a chamber art à réaction poétique" (L'oggetto Celibe. Per un’arte da camera à réaction poétique), co-produced with 5Vie, curated by Patrizia Catalano and Maurizio Barberis. An array of limited editions which was created by a group of designers, architects, and artists from all around the world.

Discover the program DDN HUB 2021

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HoperAperta, at Palazzo Recalcati

MoscaPartners launches at Palazzo Litta the now traditional event Design Variations 2021. Among the installations, Una Spiaggia nel Barocco ("A Beach in Baroque"), in the Court of Honor, by Studio Aires Mateus. In addition, an exhibition itinerary with brands, designers, schools, and institutions from all over the world, including Mircea Anghel (Portugal), Emmanuel Babled (Portugal), East China Normal University (China), Edelgrund (Germany), Dejana Kabiljo (Austria), Korea Craft and Design Foundation (Korea), Supermama (Singapore), Wogg (Switzerland), Orografie (Italy), Casarialto Atelier (Italy) and Tensoforma (Italy).

Discover he book on the History of the Fuorisalone (Milan Design Week) 

Design Variations, at Palazzo Litta, installation by Studio Aires Mateus

5Vie Design Week: Masterly - The Dutch in Milano 2021

Masterly - The Dutch in Milano, curated by Nicole Uniquole, with the support of the Embassy and the Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Italy, will be back at Palazzo Turati in 2021. More than 80 participants, including brands, established and emerging designers. Among the special events, a lecture by visionary designer Daan Roosegaarde and a meeting with Francine House, co-founder and Creative Director of Mecanoo Architecten.

Discover all the events at Fuorisalone 2021 

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Masterly - The Dutch in Milano

Discover Grow, di Daan Roosegaarde, an installation of art applied to the agriculture

The library will host Glass Utopia, an exhibition curated by Mr. Lawrence for Craft ACT: Craft + Design Center, dedicated to Murano glass. Six Italian and six Australian designers (Elizabeth Kelly, Federico Peri, Gala Fernandez, Jenni Kemarre Martiniello, Liam Fleming, Matteo Zorzenoni, Mel Douglas, Peter Bowles, Stories of Italy, Tom Skeehan, Federica Biasi, Zanellato/Bortotto) developed their products in collaboration with historic furnaces in Murano.

Milano Makers is a project to promote activities related to independent design and self-production culture. On the occasion of 5Vie Design Week 2021, it presents a preview of Marmissima, a project on the circular economy processing marble waste.

Discover the program DDN HUB 2021

Maria Christina Hamel, Marmissima

The platform is also the tool to connect and tell the cultural partners of this edition, particularly the Circuito Lombardo Musei del Design ("Lombardy Design Museums Circuit") that, this year, is at the center of 5Vie's thinking on new ways of slow and sustainable tourism. A unique opportunity to discover the workplaces of the Masters of Italian Design, the permanent collections of business museums, and temporary exhibitions.

Connecting Ideas: Design in Progress

A vital element of this edition of Design Week will be the debate, discussion, and exchange of ideas on the major themes of social innovation, sustainability, and new development scenarios. Five talks with architects, designers, researchers, entrepreneurs, curators, and representatives of institutions, will also be streamed.

Info: 5Vie.it