Milan Design Week 2018
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Fuorisalone. Seen and approved for you (part 3)

Part 3 of the best of the Fuorisalone 2018. A small selection of events that we have actually seen and appreciated, with explanations of who could find them interesting and why


Alcova, via Popoli Uniti 11-13

Curators  Joseph Grima and Valentina Ciuffi had already illustrated their concept to design@large (read here). And even after the visit, Alcova confirms itself as an interesting place. Although there are also rooms full of “beautiful things”, the space will especially appeal to those who appreciate the research. A bit like Ventura Future (leggi read our comments about the space after the visit here). Provocative but also realistic the project by Buro Belén (read here). I really liked the installation of the Belgian contemporary art and design center Z33, curated by Jon Stam.


Here you make replicas of works on display by drawing them on a notebook (with an automatic arm). The meaning is to make us think about the role of collecting and classification in museum work. Luca Cipelletti’s table is also beautiful. Since Cipelletti is an architect and museographer (famous for creating the Museum of Shit), the exhibition of the piece is also clear, explanatory and didactic. Thanks to the creation of a 3-way structural node inserted in solid wood, the table appears as two-dimensional, despite the length (3.50 meters). And it seems suspended.

Palazzo Litta, Corso Magenta 24

For once, an installation is more beautiful in reality than on paper. The “little temple in the wood” created by the London architect Asif Khan is a forest of red wooden poles that stand out towards the sky, to be observed comfortably lying on the hammocks (if you have time to wait your turn). The aroma of wood, the sense of relaxation, the red color that cuts the sky with Palazzo Litta in the background: it is beautiful. Inside, don’t miss:


The small Open Future installation, which demonstrates how with creativity it is also possible to tell a potentially boring thing like the history of the handles. It is a series of mini-rooms that can be accessed by opening a door, then using a handle: going from the past to the present to the future. Surprisingly pleasant. The study by Vito Nesta on the Limonta archive is also beautiful (for more about him, click here) : the result is a collection of very elegant wallpaper. I also liked the analysis of the ECAL students on the development of possible portable lamps for Foscarini. And not to be missed, for the lovers of the history of design, the room with the re-edition of the pieces by Gino Sarfatti by Flos With Sarfatti. Which seem contemporary but have been designed decades ago (which makes one think …).

Ventura Centrale, via Ferrante Aporti dal 9 al 21

To reach the location, walk along the Central Station along the Via Ferrante Aporti until after the bridge. Is it worth going there? Surely. To be seen: For lovers of poetic tech, top is the installation of AGC Asahi Glass with the glass suspended in space as if a huge window had broken and a photographer had seized the moment. But the really interesting thing is that the music you hear comes out of the windows themselves (thanks to a technology invented by Jum Akiyama – if you’re lucky and you meet him he will take you to a private room to listen to how loud the music comes out of his glasses).


For those who love furnishing, do not miss the beautiful pieces by Antonio Aricò for Editamateria in the Una Stanza installation. An essential and thrifty environment with furnishings made of extraordinary woods. One, for example, is almost fuchsia pink, but it is not painted: it is called Amaranto. The installation Giants with Dwarf by Stephan Hurlemann for Horgenglarus, a Swiss company that has been making wooden chairs for more than a century, is very exciting. The architect and designer has in fact created animals and suspended characters using elements of the company’s seating. Totemic and spending in the dark. The lamps by Denis Guidone and Tomoko Fuse Masahiko in Spazio 5 are also beautiful.




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