Sanluca Limited Edition 2018

Poltrona Frau presents a special edition of Sanluca, the iconic armchair designed by Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni, featuring an original cover based on a work by the graphic artist Max Huber.

In an edition of just 100 pieces, the initiative celebrates two important dates: 100 years since the birth of Achille Castiglioni (1918-2002) and 50 years since the death of Pier Giacomo Castiglioni (1913-1968). This is much more than a mere limited edition: it is a cultural project around the visionary chair created by the brothers Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni in 1960.

Sanluca Limited Edition comes from careful philological, conceptual and emotional research with the aim of commemorating the extraordinary bond between Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni and their intense interaction with the Swiss graphic artist Max Huber. The Castiglioni brothers and Huber collaborated on important exhibit design projects, forging a strong personal friendship.

Poltrona Frau has taken a work on paper from the archives of Max Huber dating back to 1968, titled Onde Geofisiche, an intense abstract creation that has been transformed into a precious fabric that now covers the sculptural waves of the limited edition 2018 of Sanluca, an armchair designed by means of a process of subtraction, whose guiding principle, as Achille Castiglioni said, was “only what is strictly necessary.”

Sanluca is a concentrate of fantasy, friendship, craftsmanship and technology: an exemplary, iconic project, a moment of intense creativity that has lasted over time.

Sanluca Limited Edition – of only 100 pieces: 50 in the mainly black cover and 50 in white – is the result of research conducted by Marco Romanelli and Poltrona Frau Stile & Design Center, in collaboration with Fondazione Achille Castiglioni, Studio Arch. Pier Giacomo Castiglioni and Archivio Max Huber.

The launch of the limited edition took place in the spaces of the Milan showroom of Poltrona Frau at Via Manzoni 30, coordinated with the opening on 5 October of the major retrospective A Castiglioni at Triennale di Milano.


Luminaire in Los Angeles

The famous American multibrand design retailer Luminaire has opened its first showroom on the West Coast, in the West Hollywood district of Los Angeles, California.

With an area of about 6000 m2, Luminaire Los Angeles offers the products of some of the most important design brands, including Cassina, Cappellini, Living Divani and Moroso. Among the new developments, there are collaborations with the Brazilian brand Sollos by Jader Almeida and Minimal kitchens. Besides the furniture, the store presents a wide assortment of accessories and lighting, including pieces by Ingo Maurer and Davide Groppi.

Founded in 1974 by Nasir and Nargis Kassamali in Miami, Florida, for over 40 years Luminaire has been the main importer, distributor (and educator) of European avant-garde design in America. The opening of the showroom in Los Angeles, at 8840 Beverly Boulevard, is an important step for the brand, expanding in a key US market and boosting its worldwide presence after the recent acquisition by Haworth.

The founders of Luminaire have played a fundamental role not only in the choice of products, but also in the design of the space, collaborating with the studio Make of Los Angeles. Nasir Kassamali has imagined a facility – in a two-story structure originally built in the Sixties – that reflects the Miami roots of the brand, incorporating the iconic metalwork on the facade.

Luminaire Los Angeles offers a wide range of furnishings, accessories, lamps, systems and cabinets of many brands, including Cassina, Moroso, Cappellini, JoV Carpets, Kinnasand, Agape, Objects; as well as a number of exclusives like Sollos by Jader Almeida, Kitchens Minimal+LuminaireQuilt Chair by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, Olos Table by Chi Wing Lo.

The idea of working with Sollos came after an encounter between Nasir Kassamali and his wife Nargis with Jader Almeida, art director and designer of the company, during Milan Design Week 2018. The Brazilian firm is thus involved as “premium exposure” at Luminaire Los Angeles in a large section on the second floor, featuring historic and iconic products alongside new creations.

The space also contains a design bookshop opened in collaboration with ArtBook.


Alpine village

The noa* (network of architecture) architecture studio has created Zallinger, a distributed hotel in the Dolomites.

Located in the area of Alpe di Susi, the facility has the charm of a mountain village of the past, and has the quality of a new model of hospitality based on recovery of history and landscape, featuring traditional forms and materials while offering high quality, good design, comfort and sustainability.

The project comes from the expansion of the Rifugio Zallinger, opened in the mid-1800s at an altitude of 2200 meters, below the Sassopiatto. It has created new spaces without altering the existing volumes, giving the historic settlement the character of a small village, as at its origins. Through the solutions and materials utilized, the place recreates a sensation of the past, in full respect for the environment and local traditions.

The refuge was once surrounded by seven barns and a small church. In 1880 the barns were replaced by a single large construction. The expansion has been an opportunity to recreate the original arrangement: besides the renovation of the main volume for the hotel, seven chalets have been created, which reinterpret the traditional forms of Alto Adige in a contemporary way.

The external cladding is based on the structures of historic haylofts: blocks of solid wood, in an alternating pattern of solids and voids, wrap the chalets and generate the dominant motif of the project, also in the internal spaces. For the roofs, the typical wooden shingles have been applied.

Sustainability, respect for the mountain environment and direct contact with nature are the guiding principles behind all the design choices: the complex, heated by pellet stoves, has obtained ClimaHotel certification. All the materials are also certified; the paths connecting the chalets and the refuge have not been provided with lighting, to prevent light pollution, and a new mobility plan has been launched for maximum environmental protection.

The Zallinger hotel project was recently assigned a prize in the Ahead Awards 2018 in London, and it has been nominated for the prize of the World Architecture Festival - WAF soon to be held in Amsterdam.

See the complete project here.


Rock diamond

The architect Claudio Pironi has recently designed the new Wynn store of Philipp Plein in Las Vegas as a true jewel, glowing like a diamond; a crystalline marble temple of luxury.

The rock spirit of Philipp Plein is interpreted in a new guise featuring geometric cuts, forged materials and elegant finishes, like the white of the panels and walls in marble lit by fixtures in polished steel, facing mirror shelves.

The sparkle of crystal guides shoppers as they explore the display space, with a total area of 130 square meters, in which the study of light determines the form of the objects, reflected on the white marble and steel.


The magnificent theater

Museo Teatrale alla Scala

From 4 December 2018 to 30 April 2019

The exhibition La magnifica fabbrica – 240 years of Teatro alla Scala, from Piermarini to Botta, curated by Fulvio Irace and Pierluigi Panza, illustrates the architectural history of Teatro alla Scala. The show narrates the growth of a theater that since its birth has been the mirror of the city of Milan and its transformations. From Piermarini to Sanquirico, Secchi to Botta, the history of La Scala intertwines with that of the city and the country, reflecting social and technological changes, all the way to the construction of the new building that will be made on Via Verdi in the coming years.

A theater of boxholders in solid stone, built after the fire at Teatro di Corte, the building by Piermarini welcomed a society in constant evolution, mirroring its development: the modifications of furnishings and decorations were followed by structural interventions to make it a facility on the cutting edge, also in technical terms.

The recent refurbishing done by the architect Mario Botta bears witness to the ability of the theater and the city to rethink roles in terms of function, to meet new artistic but also civic needs, keeping the right balance between constant renewal and conservation of historical-architectural heritage.

In the years to come Botta’s project will be completed with a building on Via Verdi that will provide new spaces for artistic, technical and administrative activities.

The exhibition, designed by Italo Lupi, Ico Migliore and Mara Servetto, takes visitors into the history of La Scala and Milan through many micro-histories that alternate in the various rooms.

The rooms of the Biblioteca Livia Simoni, on the upper level of the Museo Teatrale, present the historical evolution of the structure of the theater, while the Ridotto dei Palchi hosts a section on the more recent projects by Arch. Botta and the completion of his design.

For visitors, moving through the spaces of the exhibition is like entering the chapters of an enormous book. The rhythm changes and becomes theatrical in the room based on the metaphor of the orchestra30 music stands with images generate a dialogue with a large projection. A dynamic narration of the evolution of the theater and the piazza in front of it. In the Ridotto dei Palchi an impressive display completes the building on a scale of 1:75 in wood, showing all the innovations and transformations of the theater through the projects of Mario Botta.

The exhibition has been produced in collaboration with Intesa Sanpaolo and thanks to the partners Edison and Mapei. In the refurbishing and restoration of Teatro alla Scala, Mapei has provided products, technologies and technical worksite assistance, as well as the support of its research laboratories.

The catalogue of the exhibition is published by Treccani.

Here’s the teaser of the exhibition.

Design Miami/ 2018

From 5 to 9 December

Design Miami is back with an event on collectible design that brings together collectors, gallerists, designers, curators and critics from all over the world.

The 14th edition includes 33 international galleries showing museum-quality furnishings, lighting and art objects.

The 12 installations of the Design Curio platform feature works from the 20th and 21st centuries, putting the accent on scientific and technological research as well as fine craftsmanship and creativity.

The 2018 edition is marked by the experimental use of industrial materials, an artisan approach, but also avant-garde production methods like 3D printing and robotics, playful and outlandish design, and immersive environments. The red thread of the works on view is vivid color, especially among the works of designers from Latin America.

The intensive programming includes an exhibition and a site-specific installation by Pedro Reyes and Carla Fernández, winners of the Design Miami/ Visionary Award, as well as satellite exhibitions, special events, collaborations with companies, interviews and round table discussions. The dynamic Talks this year are presented by Therme Group in the Design Miami/ Talks Theater, designed by the architect Francis Kéré.

Interni, on Tuesday 4 December at 10.30, organizes a design talk at Istituto Marangoni Miami and presents Icon Architects. 100 international stories and visions, a special publication in the Interni Serie Oro (Gold Series).

For 2019, Design Miami/ announces that the curatorial director will be Aric Chen, taking the place of Rodman Primack.


Chic and unconventional

The table by Society Limonta is chic and unconventional: also at Christmastime, if has an extremely refined look. The atmosphere is intimate and welcoming, in a delicate, dreamy setting.

The Winter Diary collection dresses up important lunches and dinners with two new tablecloths, in pale, elegant hues: Pebblelux stands out for its sparkling mix of cotton and lamé, enhanced by delicate Jacquard weaving, while Chicco, in finest linen, is embroidered in the central part with precious, soft, irregular polka dots.

The Society Limonta table is always sophisticated, even when it is set in an informal way. For casual lunches the Java placemats in linen and jaspé cotton trigger an unusual salt and pepper effect in intentionally unfinished fabric that goes perfectly with the prints and handmade ceramics designed by Beatrice Rossetti, now available in the new, refined smoke gray tone.

To complete the collection, the Flip dishcloth in printed linen stands out for its lively geometric designs.


The various home collections of the Italian brand that has brought innovation to the world of home linens come from a passion for design and take form inside the historic textile plant at Costamasnaga, in the province of Lecco, founded in the late 1800s.

The Society Limonta collections begin with the choice of the materials, which are natural and of the highest quality, and are then interpreted, experimenting with new colors, original mixes and special workmanship. The research is based on a heritage of know-how, that of a company with a long history and vast experience, including one of the larges and most important textile archives in Italy.

Though with firm, deep roots, Society Limonta has always worked to break the rules for the benefit of creativity, concentrating on design and unusual details. An emotional luxury that is never ostentatious, always substantial, soft and comfortable.



Giorgetti in Copenhagen

Giorgetti brings design Made in Italy to northern Europe with a new space in the center of Copenhagen, on Kristen Bernikows Gade.

Located inside the concept store Interstudio, it is a space of 100 square meters where the quality of design Made in Italy meets the Scandinavian habitat culture.

For the opening, Giorgetti celebrates 120 years of history with the presentation of the exhibition Object to Project. Giorgetti Design Since 1898, an engaging narrative paced by a sequence of photographs and reflections to illustrate the value of quality manufacturing. The book of the same title will also be on view, along with the screening of a docufilm directed by Francesca Molteni.

The Brianza-based company stages its vision of living through a selection from the collections of the brand, finding the items that are most capable of intertwining Italian design culture with the stylistic tendencies of the Scandinavian tradition.

To interpret the idea of lifestyle formulated by Giorgetti, the space welcomes guests into an atmosphere of sober elegance, where attention to detail and research on finishes respond to the most demanding requirements of style, quality and durability. The material essence of the textile elements conveys a sensorial perception of living.


The colors of light

Fondazione Plart, Naples

30 November 2018 – 20 March 2019

Opening: Wednesday 29 November, 19.00

Fondazione Donnaregina per le arti contemporanee, in collaboration with Fondazione Plart, in the context of the 2018 edition of Progetto XXI, presents the exhibition Bruno Munari. I colori della luce, curated by Miroslava Hajek and Marcello Francolini.

Bruno Munari (Milan, 1907-1998), designer, writer and one of the leading figures of programmed and kinetic art, conducted very versatile research in a range of different fields.

The exhibition analyzes one particular aspect and one specific body of work by Munari, the Fixed light projections and Polarized light projections  made in the 1950s, in pursuit of a new spatial extension, beyond the two-dimensional reality of the work.

This particular aspect of Munari’s complex output will be shown for the first time in Naples, thanks to the research conducted by Fondazione Plart through the scientific digital reproduction of glass slides projected in the various spaces.

Timeless dialogue

Dialogue is the concept behind the renovation of the east wing of the Museum of Castelvecchio in Verona, left unfinished by Carlo Scarpa in his outstanding restoration project of 1964.

The studio Bricolo Falsarella has designed a large and very thin iron panel for the entrance, which creates a filter between the hall and the mosaic room, as well as indicating the way thanks to two incisions. The panel becomes a narrative expedient that divides and unites at the same time, beckoning and slowing, separating to encourage passage.

The new exhibition space stands out for its high walls in exposed brick and its antique floor from the Roman era. The mosaic can be seen from the room or from the plaza of the Arco dei Gavi where it was found, creating a visual and physical relationship that restores meaning to the project by Scarpa.

The interiors display material polyphony: stucco and exposed masonry narrate the history of the building, while the reflecting surfaces in black iron insert the theme of passage, shadows and movement in the design.

These themes are also evoked by the washstands based on the principle of overflow of water. The sophisticated Giotto taps in brushed stainless steel by Cea echo the rounded lines of the washstands, while the Free Ideas models are reminders of the fountains often utilized by Carlo Scarpa.


Art, culture and food

Vòce Aimo e Nadia opens today in an exclusive space that combines art, culture and gastronomical excellence.

Located on Piazza della Scala, at the corner of Via Manzoni, the space is inside the complex of Gallerie d’Italia, the museum and cultural center of Intesa Sanpaolo, and is subdivided into three functional zones: the cafe, the bookstore and the gourmet restaurant.

After major architectural renovation, in line with the trends of Italian and international museums Vòce Aimo e Nadia acts as a place of socializing and sharing.

The new layout designed by the studio aMDL, helmed by the architect Michele De Lucchi, and implemented by the Real Estate and Logistics division of Intesa Sanpaolo, generates important synergies with the cultural activities of the Galleries: the architectural choices contribute to organize the spaces in continuity with the museum.

The new configuration of the cafe with the connected bookshop, with access from the museum or from Piazza della Scala, makes it a very appealing space that interacts with the exhibitions of the museum, starting with the show on Romanticism now in progress at Gallerie d’Italia until 17 March 2019.

Alessandro Negrini and Fabio Pisani, the chef-owners of Il Luogo di Aimo e Nadia, with Stefania Moroni, manager, bring their vision of Italian cuisine into the museum, relating it to the facility’s cultural offerings. The result is an experience of food and wine complementary to the visit to Gallerie d’Italia, thanks to a menu based on strong ties to the territory.

Inclusive haute cuisine

The architect Fabio Novembre has been chosen by Chef Express to create the restaurant Attimi by Heinz Beck inside the CityLife Shopping District.

A project based on collaboration between the well-known food service company and the prize-winning chef Heinz Beck, Attimi represents a combination of the various characteristics of the two partners: everyday dining and high-quality cuisine. The objective is to make the excellence of haute cuisine more inclusive, not just in terms of price but also in terms of design, service, atmosphere and experience.

The architectural project is based on the concept of time. The use of different tones of gray brings day and night together: a pale shade for the bar and bistro zone, and a darker shade for the restaurant. Along the two areas large circular ceiling lamps suggest the path of the sun while unifying the space. The rigorous cool colors for a contrast with bright accents that pick up on the lively hues of the restaurant’s image.

The furnishings, materials and finishes have been selected from outstanding design companies like Artemide, Kartell, Driade, Pedrali, Lea Ceramiche, Hi-Macs, Arpa and Electrolux.