All posts tagged: Events

Achille Castiglioni by Patricia Urquiola. An exhibition about design. And about life

The retrospective celebrating the centenary of the birth of Achille Castiglioni at the Triennale (by Patricia Urquiola and Federica Sala) is a hymn not so much to design but to life. Which is more beautiful if lived with intelligence, lightness and curiosity. This is why the real protagonists of the show are not objects but people. The people that Achille Castiglioni never forgot when he was drawing the world around them.

Homo Faber in Venice: the first major anti-nostalgia exhibition on art crafts in Europe

It is not easy to talk about craftsmanship without giving in to nostalgia. Yet Homo Faber (at the Cini Foundation in Venice until September 30th) manages to do so by staging an exhibition in which the beauty of artifacts amazes less than the contemporary relevance of the craftmanship that brings them to life. Hence Homo Faber becomes the manifesto of a new culture of European know-how. In which technology serves man and not viceversa. And where talent, dexterity and experimentation create a widespread economic and social value. Designed to withstand the arrival of artificial intelligence.

Brera Design District: «we are not a district». And here is what they are

It has the word in its name. Yet the Brera Design District wants to be a brand before being a district. And here is why The Brera Design District presented its Fuorisalone 2018 events. The focus will be on empathy. A fascinating theme summarized in the tag Be Human, which has a lot to do with design (but that is often misused, more on this here) and that led to the choice of Cristina Celestino, Elena Salmistraro and Daniele Lago as ambassadors of the area. From district to brand But more than the must-see events (the anticipations have already been published everywhere, for example here) it is interesting to analyze a statement made during the press conference by Paolo Casati. Who 15 years ago, together with Cristian Confalonieri, has created Fuorisalone.it (more on this here) and in 2010 the Brera Design District. «The Brera Design District is not a district but a brand», said Casati. Which sounds a bit surreal, like Ceci N’Est Pas Une Pipe, since the word district is in the name of …

Milano Digital Week. An inclusion experiment

The Milano Digital Week (15-18 March) shows a fragmented but connected world. A program of inclusive events will explain how digital technologies are means to design a better life. After design, fashion, food and books, it will now be technology to take Milanese out of theor homes, events hunting in the city. The reason? The first edition of the Milano Digital Week, from 15th through to 18th March (the program can be downloaded here). We have already spoken here about how much Milan is changing well beyond its “hardware” of skyscrapers and signed architectures, as well as of all intiatives to create new networks in the city. And the Milano Digital Week fits perfectly in this path of inclusion and innovation leading to social transformation. As a matter of fact, its aim is to open a fragmented but connected world to citizens, one that is in endless evolution and that has a substantial impact on the life of all of us. Because, we may like it or not, but algorytms and AI systems will govern …

MDW districts – Ventura Centrale

Where it is: In the former warehouses of the Central Station, M2 and M3 Centrale and M2 Caiazzo, M1 Pasteur, via Ferrante Aporti. Reason to go: More than a new district, it is a new location and those who have transformed these former warehouses (which, in the long term, will become a shopping center with many design brands) is Organization in Design, the Dutch firm that conceived – and successfully continues to organize – Ventura Lambrate (and is exporting the worldwide-focused design marketing model across the world). There are therefore great chances that we will be a curated area, hopefully containing just worth while shows, selected on quality – which is often the case with premières, before the booming factor attracts big spenders who often have less design research contents). Must see: * Salviati, via Ferrante Aporti 21: what do Ben Gorham (a professional basketball player and now a parfummier) and Luca Nichetto, one of the most famous Italian designers, have in common? On the one hand, Sweden – where Gorham, Indian mother and Canadian …

Milan Design Week 2017 – events in the center

Where it is: The fashion area, the quadrilateral that embraces via Montenapoleone, via Durini and Corso Monforte, as well as the Corso Vittorio Emanuele. I also included, in terms of spaces related to fashion, the space Krizia and Marni, albeit physically detached. There is no dedicated map to the areas which is not organized through a single planner, like the other districts. Reasons to go: the selected events are not mere presences, “just to be there in the fuorisalone” and to exploit the passage for commercial reasons, but curated exhibitions, in line with the design thinking and the desire to make culture that should be a distinctive sign of Fuorisalone . For true lovers of furniture, do not miss a ride between Via Durini, Corso Monforte and Via Manzoni among the showrooms of the big brands. Must see: * I am tired of eating fish, installation by Paola Pivi in the windows of La Rinascente, corso Vittorio Emanuele: an opportunity to see the works (site specific, then created specifically) of the Italian artist selected among …

MDW 2017 – Zona Tortona events

Where it is: the area that includes Via Tortona (where the Fuorisalone originated), via Savona, via Bergognone and which extends to the area around the subway of Sant’Agostino. MM2 Porta Genova, MM2 Sant’Agostino. Reasons to go: Because after a few years of not exactly exciting events  – especially if compared to the visionary grandeur that the area had a decade ago – this edition marks a change of pace: the shift of the axis of interest from traditional production to that so called 4.0 and high tech. In fact there are numerous exhibitions dedicated to the theme and represent a courageous new incipit for a former industrial area, in the twentieth century sense of the term. Must see: * Postcards from Casa Jasmina, Cariplo Factory, via Bergognone 34: Chatting with the Home of the Future is the subtitle of this interactive installation that represents the house of the future in a compact edition. But this is not the usual vision based on speculation: in fact, a Casa Jasmina has existed in Turin for a year, …