Milano Design Week

Milan, april.14-19.2010

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Unexpected Guests

Four historic Milan museums hosted some unexpected guests during the week of design. Over 200 contemporary designer objects were installed at the Bagatti Valsecchi Museum, the Casa Boschi di Stefano, the Villa Necchi Campiglio and the Poldi Pezzoli Museum in an attempt to unite present and past in a single space in order to promote dialogue between the works of art and today’s designer objects. The proposal, curated by Beppe Finessi and organised by Cosmit and the Culture Council of Milan City Hall, complemented and opposed architecture, painting and decorative arts with proposals by current designers such as Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec, Konstantin Grcic, Jasper Morrison, Fabio Novembre, Philippe Starck and Patricia Urquiola.

www.casemuseomilano.it/

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SaloneSatellite

700 young designers were selected to showcase their talent, with another year of taking advantage of Saloni’s synergies. This year’s edition, the thirteenth, boasted a large display space organised through five spaces in the manner of a “piazza” devised by five architects-designers, all of them participants in previous editions, where they interpreted their respective continents of origin. Each one of these plazas was signposted with a different colour.
For the first time, the organisation of this edition decided to recognise three of the participants who, in addition to their qualifying prototypes, were asked to present one or more projects within the scope of Eurocucina and the International Bathroom Exhibition. The winners were: “Seasons Serving Containers” by Nao Tamura, “Piezo Shower” by Jansson/Sandelin; Fernanda Piza, Victor Stelmasuk and Natalie Weinmann and “Single Hand Cook by Gabriele Meldaikyte.
The now traditional Design Report Award went to Francesco Faccin /Alvaro Catalan De Ocon for “Pièlettrico” and three special mentions went to “Pluvial Tables” by Federico Churba, ”Aku” of the She studio, for a self-supporting fabric and Sohei Arao of the Sides Core studio for the “Link” cutlery set.


www.cosmit.it

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Roy Lichtenstein: Meditations on Art

The week of design of Milan coincided with the exhibition of one of the most relevant figures of Pop Art, Roy Lichtenstein, at the Triennale di Milano. The retrospective show curated by Gianni Mercurio presented over a hundred canvases, several drawings, collages and sculptures on loan from public and private collections. It covered from the lesser-known works of the nineteen-fifties in which the artist revisited medieval iconographies and reinterpreted paintings by Americans and Europeans to the nineteen-sixties when artists developed their own language. The different sections showed a wide variety of works inspired in Cubism, Expressionism, Futurism, etc.

www.triennale.it

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13.798 grams of design

The old industrial district of Lambrate, currently transformed into a cultural and artistic centre, hosted the exhibition 13.798 grams of design by Maria Cristina Didero and Susanna Legrenzi. 45 renowned designers, among which were figures such as Inga Sempé, Karim Rashid, Marti Guixé and Marcel Wanders, together with emerging ones, presented investigations into their work and the value of creativity in an attempt to uncover the factors that determine the success of a product. They are a series of reflections on the key role that contemporary design plays in the planning of the urgent needs and growing desires of today’s society. The different proposals experimented with a large variety of materials that went from raw cement to ultra-light plastics, shapes and dimensions.

www.lambrettoartproject.com

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