Between vintage pieces and contemporary incursions, some thought on art design 2018 from Design Miami Basel
“The coffeemakers of my great-grandparents”, Chiara Alessi’s new book, explains why no new Italian design icons are ever produced. But it is also a (non-moralistic) portrait of the present, a time that is incapable of creating a historical sense. As such, it makes us think, well beyond the boundaries of design.
The Lambrate Design District (rebranded as Lambrate District Design) presents its Fuorisalone 2018 in a press conference. Its dream is to fly high, and to position itself as a new contents hub, active throughout the year. But its commercial tone of the communications, together with a certain degree of vagueness, doesn’t warm hearts nor engages curiosity
With a Manifesto, distributed at the press conference for the upcoming Salone del Mobile di Milano (17-22 April), the design world promises to do what has always been doing, but to do it better: networking. It sounds like a non-news. But should this really mean an improvement of already existing synergies, it could certainly become another investment in the positioning of Milan as the engine of Italy, with a global dream.
The news that will change the Fuorisalone 2018 came last October: Ventura Lambrate will cease to exist, the historical curators of the district of experimentation will move somewhere else. Then, an update: the Lambrate Design District will be part of the Fuorisalone and its key event will be a happening dedicated to design for the hospitality business. What really happened in Lambrate and what might happen now.
Entering Zaha Hadid’s shopping mall in Milan’s new CityLife district is like making a journey into the imagery of the architect who suddenly passed away last year. An experience in which reason is overwealmed by emotion.
Like a good book, a well thought out museum can become a milestone in our lives. Some considerations on the design museum that I would like: in Milan, at the Triennale.
If I were an Italian design professional, I would look carefully around and count, one by one, the objects that I could inject with goodness: boilers, orthopedic and medical items, gates, intercoms, traffic lights, coatings for industrial warehouses, sidewalks, boilers… And I would see how much work there is to do.
The exhibition Giro Giro Tondo – Design For Kids at the Triennale Design Museum is a hymn to “how we were” from which it is difficult to disentangle. As it often happens (unfortunately) when it comes to Italian design.
The 57th Venice Biennale, curated by Christine Macel, opens tomorrow, May 13th until November 26th. We already speak of déjà vu: “again the subversive ideas of the 70s, the pop of the 80s”.