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MDW 2017 – events in the 5 Vie


Where: The area that traditionally extended from Piazza Affari to Via della Zecca Vecchia including Via Santa Marta and Sant’Orsola, has expanded to Piazza Gorani (and also includes Palazzo Litta and Palazzo Turati).

Reasons to go: with its small streets and location-bijoux is the perfect place for events collected (even if there are two large groups, in Palazzo Litta and Turati). Traveling the district far and wide also allows small breaks for shopping in beautiful boutiques such as Wait and See or Funky Table, both in via Santa Marta. The big party of the district, the Design Pride, will be Wednesday, April 5: the parade leaves from Piazza Castello (corner Via Minghetti) at 6pm and will end in Piazza Affari with a party (until 24). The most pop appointment of the Fuorisalone.

Must see:

* Creative Minds, Foyer Gorani, Piazza Gorani (between via Brisa and via Gorani): an interesting exhibition because it shows how often design approaches art in its search for meanings and absolutes, while maintaining its peculiarity, ie the its link with matter and with the object as a physical presence. Through the work of four designers (Sigve Knutson, Sabine Marcelis, who is also present, always in the area in the Marble Matters exhibition of Bloc Studios, see below, Philipp Weber and Matteo Cibic), the curator Federica Sala creates a story with episodes in which the relationship between drawing and production comes into play, optical investigations, the becoming of objects when they are related to others and the transformation of coal (yes, coal).

* Linking Minds, Palazzo Litta, Corso Magenta 24: the theme of this great collective, which winds through the splendid rooms of the baroque palace, is the elective affinity that occurs between creative people, that very human mix of friendship, trust and experience that has always been at the base of the most interesting and innovative initiatives. Perfect in this sense the choice of Diller Scofidio + Renfro (an architecture firm that has always mixed project, art and performance) for the construction of the installation in the middle of the courtyard. The list of exhibitors is almost endless (to see them all, click here). However, we report the Finnish Ilkka Suppanen and the Italian Raffaella Mangiarotti, the collaboration between the designers of Japan Creative or between the collections of Studio Formafantasma, and between Defne Koz and Tomas Kral for Nude. While at the Litta Theater Michele De Lucchi, Andrea Branzi and Francesca B. Arista investigated with the students of the Polytechnic the aesthetics of the end of life. Do not miss a visit to the Bistrot Litta twenty-four set up by the always surprising stylist Elisa Ossino.

* Ladies & Gentlemen, via Cesare Correnti 14: the second edition of the one that last year was one of the most beautiful group exhibitions of the Fuorisalone (read here, in the final part of the post, on the 2016 edition). One is therefore on trust, since the curators are the same (Michela Pelizzari and Federica Sala, together with SecondoMe), and also to see the splendid building that serves as a background to the exhibited works (not to be missed, the splendid decorated plates of Vito Nesta for Les Ottomans and the Pop Up home by Diesel Living).

* Waitomo by Marc Sadler, Galleria Rubin, via Sanra Marta 8: an exhibition that intrigues me because the designer, Marc Sadler is always able to surprise. The theme: And Light is Not The Opposite of Dark. (Read more about Marc Sadler)

* Marble Matters by Bloc Studios, c / o Martina Gamboni, attic floor, via de Amicis 19: an exhibition that – through the works of the photographer Carl Kleiner (read the text of my interview with Carl here) and the luminous sculptures by Sabine Marcelis (see also above, in Creative Minds) – tells the potential of marble. From the images distributed for the previews, we can expect beautiful things.

* Is ornament a crime if it is to do with light ?, c / o Nerino study, via Santa Marta 21: the GiopatoCoombes duo presents three new lighting projects. As with Sadler, one relies on trust, based on the fact that their objects are always special.


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