Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Milan: FF 2013 – Triennale – Highlight

Milan: FF 2013 – Triennale – Highlights.  A few of the highlights shown at the Triennale, Milan’s design museum, during the Salone delMobile.

  Triennale: Highlights – Gae Aulenti – Objects and Spaces exhibtition.  The Triennale Design Museum  remembered Gae Aulenti through a selection of her most iconic design objects made from 1962 to 2008, edited by Vanni Pasca with an installation design by studio Gae Aulenti Associates Architects. In 2012 she was awarded the Trienniale Gold Medal for Lifetime Achievement.


Triennale: Highlights – Handmade in Hangzhou exhibition.  Rong in Chinese means melt or fuse. This notion is at the core of the philosophy of 'Handmade In Hangzhou'. Thirteen designers deconstruct the traditional bamboo crafts of Hangzhou and apply them in contemporary design.  The exhibition was curated by PINWU.

Above. On the left, Bamboo Leaves designed by PINWU. The flexibility of bamboo leaves and the translucency of bamboo skin combine to form a special bond. Each leaf is a module. Placing them together en masse enables the designer to build a structure with remarkable character.  On the right, Pian also designed by PINWU.  The paper fan, a handicraft that has been largely abandoned is combined with modern lighting and brought into the home. 60 fans are strung together by a spring-like rattan to form a lamp.
Handmade in Hangzhou exhibition. Designer Zhang Lei is being interviewed behind him Cocoon designed by Chen Haoru, the bamboo cocoon is a miniature human capsule. Each bamboo fiber is long enough to wrap around the human body. The formation of the bamboo cocoon parallels the formation of the silkworm cocoon. The cocoon is woven from the inside out, and the opening is cut out of the whole completed capsule.
Handmade in Hangzhou exhibition. Ren designed by Wang Shenghai, he uses “rong” as the design philosophy, by melting the wisdom of traditional bamboo weaving handcraft and annealing it again to form a new material which is both natural and flexible. This can be used in furniture production, giving a natural look to industrial materials.
Handmade in Hangzhou exhibition.  Cloud designed by Zhang Junjie, brand: Sozen. Flexible bamboo is used in an interlocking fashion to achieve the maximal supporting force. It combined traditional bamboo weaving methods with modern digital software technology. It also inspired us to investigate other structural designs and materials we could use in the future.
Triennale: Highlights – Bottega Pierluigi Ghianda.   Pierluigi Ghianda, craftsman and designer is photographed among his designs. He has been defined "the poet of wood", for the love with which he works, for his expert knowledge of this living material that never dies, even after hundreds of years, and the profound respect he brings to it.

Pierluigi Ghianda – Pill Boxes

Triennale: Highlights – Freedom Room. Freedom Room, by Cibicworkshop, was an installation, a proposal, a product showing real size module’s prototype and other examples of “in jail” projects, an idea for temporary housing, spread hotels, hostels.

  Aldo Cibic

The plan for Freedom Room by Cibicworkshop.


 Triennale: Highlights – Setsu e Shinobu ito  - Frottage – Natural Story. Frottage – Natural Story exhibition was curated by Setsu e Shinobu ito. Paper and stone, nature and artifice, were the protagonists of this art exhibition that was born from necessity to explore a new dimension in the middle between the inviolability of technology and materiality of nature in a synthesis of Italian and Japanese spirit in balance between lightness (paper) and heaviness (stone).
Above. Armchair Kay made from recycled cardboard.


Triennale: Massimo Iosa Ghini exhibition. The exhibition Massimo Iosa Ghini is dedicated to the Bolognese architect, one of the most eclectic personalities of the architecture and international design. It traces, through a path organized with theme areas, in chronological order, the thirty year long career of Iosa Ghini, from the 80s until today, showing through a wide selection of interior design and architecture projects, design objects, illustrations, audiovisual contributions, which are characterized by the least common denominator of design, felt by the Iosa Ghini as a steady training and an essential starting point of all his creative process.
Above: Massimo Iosa Ghini


Massimo Iosa Ghini exhibition- Coffee pot.

 Massimo Iosa Ghini exhibition – New Tone sofa for Moroso 1989.

Massimo Iosa Ghini exhibition – Bus Stop – Ustra Public Transport – Hannover, 1994.


Triennale: Highlights - Constancy and Change – In Korean Traditional Craft 2013. Selected for the exhibition Constancy & Change in Korean Traditional Craft are sixteen craftsmen whose work preserved traditional values while expanding the realm of craft.  Showcased are eleven contemporary objects of daily use in a decontextualized manner and are almost abstract in their concise perfection. The materials are natural, ecological, and local and are precious in their authenticity and purity.
Above - Line + Line + Line. The traditional dress, made of natural cotton, was stitched by hands of holders of Intangible Cultural Heritage titles. It is presented in its impalpable superimposition of nine layers.

Constancy and Change.  The exhibition’s curator Sohn Hye-won is passionately committed to the defense and promotion of historical Korean crafts.  Sohn has chosen six types of daily like artifacts, each made with different materials (wood, ceramic, fabrics, silver, paper and lacquer). 

Constancy and Change – Tray Table with Peony Design.  The tray table series, with their lacquered surface and inlaid mother-of-pearl, are typical of traditional Korean welcoming culture. They have been reproduced in a most modern shape to demonstrate most colorful mother-of-pearl techniques.


Constancy and Change – Lacquered Chest. The dresser is inlaid with mother-of-pearl and flower motives; it was made by a government designated Intangible Cultural Heritage.

Constancy and Change – Korean Bedding.  The bedding is made with a handmade patchwork and has an original kaleidoscopic motif of colored triangles.  The composition of branches and flowers that usually decorate royal feasts at courts, witness the permanence of an ancient art that is connected with oriental symmetries.

Triennale: Highlights – Jacopo Foggini – Matrioska Super Hero. Jacopo Foggini reinterprets Russia’s most famous symbol with a monumental lighting work in a futurist and artistic vision called Matrioska Super Hero.

Seen at the Triennale, designer Masa Tsumra. 

Triennale: Highlights – Prandina – Sand, Fire and Air. The Prandina installation told the story of glass starting from its material origins: sand. The space has a twofold meaning, emotional and narrative: while placing the glass at the center it unveils, its surroundings, secrets and particulars of the traditional and contemporary works.  It is a tale that develops along a path meeting the different experiences and experiments that, between past, present and future, bind the Prandina brand to this material.
Above.  Sergio Prandina.

Triennale: Highlights - Danish Chromatism - Fritz Hansen. Fritz Hansen was founded in Denmark in 1872 and is among the most exclusive design furniture brands worldwide.  The company has produced a rich portfolio of furniture now considered  Classics” and has identified with design icons like Arne Jacobsen and more recently with international design stars like Jaime Hayon, Todd Bracher and Tadao Ando.

Fritz Hansen - in the foreground, Dream Chair, Tadao Ando 2013 behind Shell Chair by Hans J, Wegner.

Triennale: Highlights - Design Museum - The Syndrome of Influence exhibition.  In Triennale Design Museum the Syndrome of Influence exhibition, until February 23 2014, is devoted to an aspect that is inherent in Italian design, which its capacity for assimilation and its curiosity and desire to interact with other styles and cultures in order to bring about new projects and developments.  Design contributions of a variety of origins are detached from their original settings and subjected to unexpected processes. New, imaginative spaces are created out of an "erroneous" but creative interpretation of precedent. This is where the "syndrome of influence" comes into action: it is made possible by the ability of each visual language to act upon any other, in a never-ending process.  The exhibition is arranged in three parts.
Above: installation by Formafantasma and Roberto Sambonet in the First part: The Invention of Italian Design.  In this section ten installations devoted to the masters of the "golden age" of Italian design. The installations are the work of contemporary designers and each one is dedicated to a master of the 1950s and 1960s and to their artistic sensitivities, inquisitiveness, sources of inspiration, travels and encounters.
Triennale Design Museum - The Syndrome of Influence exhibition.  Third part: A New World. The third part shows how the new design brands found their place in the world of the "Made in Italy" label. The installations are designed to illustrate the philosophy of the leading brands, the way they establish their production strategies and how they choose their corporate image and their designers. The inquisitiveness and the sense of adventure we find in the designers of the 1950s and '60s are now transferred to these organisations in a sort of reversed approach, which aims to examine the inner workings of Italian design at the point of convergence of all the different aspects that led to it.
Above. Alessandro Mendini and Alessi.

Triennale Design Museum - The Syndrome of Influence exhibition.  Third part: A New World. Benedetta Palle and Artemide installation.

Seen in the Design Café Pierluigi Nicolin scientific curator of the The Syndrome of Influence exhibition in the Design Museum section of the Triennale.

The Triennale Design Café and Restaurant. In the Triennale Design Café and Restaurant. A series of independent counters contain theme-based displays curated by the Triennale Design Museum.
Above. Stuf Design creates Ideas for everyday use, that reveal their function through curiosity, leaving space for surprise and emotion; qualities able to transform an inanimate object to something alive, into a “thing” to love.


The Triennale Design Café and Restaurant.  The table setting, a paper mat advertises the current exhibition The Syndrome of Influence.

  We ate:

Saffron Rice au Gratin with a Blue Cheese Sauce
Chocolate Muffins on a Bed of Mascarpone

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