April 2019 / 4 posts found

Swinging Furniture

DESIGN WEEK – Our tips for you – 4. Swinging Furniture

During the Design Week, Fonderia Napoleonica will turn into a surprising indoor oasis, inspired by the traditional Hakoniwa, the miniature Japanese garden. Organic furniture made of wood, paper and brass, will be hanging from the tall roof, integrating in their structure natural elements such as trees.

The project, called “Swinging Furniture”, is signed by Enzo Satoru Tabata and Daiken Eiji Suzuki, of Team Balanco, and also includes hanging installations by Jukai and immersive sculptures by Barbara Crimella.

Fonderia Napoleonica is a very evocative place in itself. In the heart of the peculiar Isola neighborhood and close to Santa Maria alla Fontana sanctuary, the Manfredini brothers established in 1806 a prestigious bronze foundry and named it Fonderia Napoleonica Eugenia, in the honour of the viceroy of the Italian Kingdom, Eugenio di Beauharnais.

Nowadays the ancient buildings accommodate a museum, dedicated to the history of the art of founding and to the activities of the Barigozzi family, which succeeded Manfredinis, and who cast bronze bells and monuments for over a century.
On april 13th Fonderia will be open until 9 pm for the tea ceremony. Everybody is invited.

Fonderia Napoleonica is in via Genova Thaon di Revel 21, and will be open from April 9 to 14, 10 am to 8 pm.

Tadao Ando and Giorgio Armani

DESIGN WEEK – Our tips for you – 3. Armani and Ando

This year’s Design Week sees a special collaboration between two masters: Giorgio Armani and Tadao Ando.

"The Challenge"

“The Challenge”

Just opened in via Bergognone, “The Challenge” is the first exhibition at Armani Silos dedicated to architecture. It showcases the career of the Japanese architect that has distinguished himself for his original use of nature and the combination of elements like water and light in designed spaces.

Giorgio Armani and Tadao Ando share an affinity for minimalism, and their joint work culminated in the early 00s with the visually striking Armani/Teatro building, a project the Japanese architect was called upon due to his sensibility towards the designer’s unadorned style, creating a neutral base for the reveal of new collections. Armani/Teatro is usually not open to the public, but it will be accessible all through the Design Week until April 14th.

“The Challenge” reviews the career of Ando, who won the Pritzker Price in 1995, and is structured around four major themes: Primitive Shapes of Space, An Urban Challenge, Landscape Genesis, Dialogues with History. The retrospective includes over 50 projects, illustrated with sketches, original models, video installations, technical drawings, travel notes and photographs taken by Ando himself.
The creative principles of the master of contemporary architecture are explored through his most significant works, from Row House in Sumiyoshi – Azuma House (1976), to Project in Naoshima (1988 to today) and La Bourse de Commerce in Paris (2019).



DESIGN WEEK – Our tips for you – 2. Brera Design District

Brera is one one the most stimulating hubs during the Design Week.
This year, Brera Design District celebrates its 10th anniversary, and the cobblestone streets of the picturesque neighborhood will host a wealth of initiatives and events.

Design Your Life

Design Your Life

The 2019 theme is “Design Your Life”, that draws inspiration from Bill Burnett and Dave Evans’ book “Designing Your Life: How to Build a Well-Lived, Joyful Life” (Alfred a Knopf Inc, September 2016). “Design your life” is a call to awareness: designers have been asked to be more committed to the sustainable impact of their work.

Our favourite project is definitely “Planetario”, by Cristina Celestino. In Brera Design Apartment, Celestino has designed a scenographic retrofuturistic interior project, featuring a new collection of carpets created for Besana Carpet Lab. It is a dreamy, unexpected home scenario inspired by the themes of space and its antithesis, the underwater world. Brera Design Apartment is in via Palermo 1, 3°floor, and is open until April 14 from 10 am to 7 pm.

We recommend to spend some time at the majestic Basilica di San Marco – gateway to Brera Design District – and in its historical cloisters, which have been turned into an enchanting urban garden thanks to dOT & ABLE TO. Green settings and outdoor solutions create an authentic oasis for everybody in the city center, where nature, design and beauty blend in offering unique views and relaxation.

If you happen to be in Milan with kids, they will love RoBOTL: a stately and massive 6 meters-tall installation located in piazza XXV Aprile. RoBOTL is the sustainability superhero, a symbol and warning that reminds us how important it is to safeguard the environment in which we live. The work is made of recycled plastic bottles and production scraps from the design industry, and is the official spokesperson to raise awareness to act in a conscious and responsible way, starting from the city in which we live. The project is signed by Timberland and Giò Forma, multi-award winning international studio made of designers, architects and artists, led by Cristiana Picco, Florian Boje e Claudio Santucci.

Leonardo Horse Project

DESIGN WEEK – Our tips for you – 1. Leonardo’s Horses

DESIGN WEEK – Our tips for you – 1. Leonardo’s Horses

Design Week + the 500th anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci’s death = 13 Leonardo’s horses!

Yes, during the most hectic week of the year in Milan, the famous Leonardo’s horse will be replicated in 13 scale reproductions, or rather reinterpretations made by nationally and internationally acclaimed artists.

The Leonardo Horse Project is part of Milan’s celebration programme for the anniversary of Leonardo’s death. The genius from Vinci was commissioned a huge sculpture by the Duke of Milan, Ludovico il Moro, in memory of his father Francesco. Of that sculpture, only the original sketches survived, and in 1999 american artist Nina Akamu cast a reproduction of it. Seven meters high, weighing 10 tons, Leonardo’s horse is one of the largest equine bronze sculpture in the world, and welcomes visitors to Milan’s hippodrome.

During the Design Week, the giant horse will be accompanied by its 13 replicas, made by designers such as Matteo Cibic and Markus Benesch and fashion designers such as Roberto Fragata. Colourful or kitsch, inspired by Native American culture or minimalistic, next week the 13 horses will be scattered around the city and placed in different Leonardo da Vinci’s iconic places, as a visual reminder of the coming opening day for the official celebrations, May 2nd. The day when Leonardo died 500 years ago.

Find more about Leonardo Horse Project, the history of Leonardo’s Horse and the 13 reinterpretations through a new and immersive experience provided by the free app.