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.
It is not easy to talk about the work of Lorenzo Palmeri – architect, designer, musician, author and teacher. The man who got a phone call from Lou Reed who said “I’m in love with your guitar”. An exhibition in Luxembourg now tries to illustrate Palmeri’s multi-disciplinary approach.
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.
The perfect chair already exists. To make sense today, design must add something to our relationship with objects, the world around us and our history. A journey into the imagination of StudioKlass, designer of the Millennial generation
“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.
Marialaura Rossiello Irvine is the art director of the studio founded by James Irvine, the great designer (and her husband) who passed away in 2013. A chat about design, irony and methods. And about memory: how to deal with it to keep those who are are gone near us. Not through in nostalgia but through the desire to carry on.
Mina is an XS chair that aims at the comfort of a normal sized seat, produced by internoitaliano. This is why and how it was designed. Text by Tommaso Caldera
Flexible, sustainable, resistant. Many architects choose wood to build skyscrapers and residential complexes. A (sustainable) road in which Italy has been a trailblazer. But then…
From books to TV series, tiny houses are a dream for many, stirred by the desire for urban nomadism and a “less is more” lifestyle. But life in an XXS home is not everyone’s cup of tea. And here is why (and the answer has got to do with design)
The Fuorisalone at BASE in Zona Tortona will be a critical investigation of Smart Cities and City Making. Among the initiatives, Trouble Making by Raumplan: on how mass phenomena and the web are redesigning cities. Bottom up.