Mediterranean project

The midsummer issue of Interni focuses on the Mediterranean, the historic muse of design that continues to act as a center of major cultural contaminations. This status is revealed by the initiatives of Palermo Italian Capital of Culture 2018 and Manifesta 12, the nomadic biennial of contemporary art held this year in the Sicilian capital (from 14 June to 4 November 2018).

We take our cue from these important events to set off on a journey that starts in Palermo and takes us on a tour of Sicily. From the history of the island and its unique architectural heritage, we reach projects with a contemporary spirit, but still linked to the character and colors of the island.

Two examples represent the noble past and future of Palermo: Palazzo dei Normanni and Palazzo Butera. The first is a site listed by Unesco, while the second is a true symbol of the city. Both have been carefully restored, bringing back public access to spaces and treasures that were concealed for decades, bearing witness to the commitment of governmental and private institutions to make the Sicilian capital an “artistic attraction and a generator of creativity.”

In the field of design, the Mediterranean prompts reflections on the ‘classical’ roots of Italian style: a very timely theme, as demonstrated by the works of many designers who draw on the imagery of our oldest traditions to investigate their own origins and to express a specific design identity. But the Mediterranean also, and above all, implies multiplicity of languages and values.

 

Photo by Alberto Ferrero

 

In a period of forced migrations, the stimulus this theme transfers to design culture is precisely this: a focus on relationships, contaminations, and integration. The invitation to adopt a new viewpoint in which diversity can become a precious resource.

 


Good and right

Myths and rituals of a pop icon – on view from July to September (closed in August) at Scuola Politecnica di Design, Via Carlo Bo 7, Milan

 

The panino is an icon of Italian culture in the world, but above all it is a kind of food that is ‘designed’ with skill and art. The designers of Scuola Politecnica di Design in Milan guided by Matteo Ragni and Antonio De Marco have met the challenge proposed by Panino Giusto and the Accademia del Panino Italiano: to address the variegated, complex experience that takes form around the Italian sandwich, from the ritual of preparation to serving and consuming.

The workshop Buono e giusto involved 26 international students of the Master in Industrial Design and generated 8 projects that sum up the creativity and the values of the Italian territory.

The exhibition narrates the unique qualities of the Italian panino in the world: an inimitable experience to enjoy and remember.

Three materials have been used for the products: wood, glass and ceramics, chosen to respond to the freshness and authenticity of the ingredients, with an eye on sustainability

 


Under the light

Debut of the best designers of Istituto Marangoni

 

Unveiling of the most innovative works created by 9 students of Product, Interior and Visual Design. Three large video projections engagingly narrated the results achieved by young talents during the course of the year at the School of Design of Istituto Marangoni in Milan.

In the field of Product Design the projects are connected with the themes of nature and flexibility of functions and use. Margherita Sala showed her idea for the Pump Table, a low table that uses the natural cycle of growth of a pumpkin as part of its production process. Arthur Roth Le Gentil proposed Orbit, a personalized interactive furnishing system based on a device that in just a few steps is transformed into a surface for working, eating or conversation. Rafaela Vieira, with Saudade, has imagined a pop-up furnishing system for easy transport, also for use in temporary shelters.

For Interior Design, the three selected students all began with one of the most fascinating and symbolic space in Milan, Teatro Manzoni, imagining its transformation as a headquarters and multifunctional facility, each for a different luxury company: Antonio Marras, Versace and Miu Miu. The work done by Natali Vorotnykova, Sharon Foglietta and Belen Arocena started with analysis of the identity and necessities of the brand, as well as a study of the potential and particularities of the assigned space, leading to three projects, each with its own personality and atmosphere.

 

 

Three very different works were selected for the Visual Design area. Yuetong Shi presented a visual identity project for the record album “Alte montagne e flussi fluenti” produced by the Chinese musician Bo Ya. Raushaniya Urmanshina imagined a useful, intuitive mobile application for the I Love Poke Hawaiian healthy fast-food restaurant, while Jiayi Wang concentrated on a simple but effective environmental communications campaign for the city of Milan.

 


Terrace with a view

The UltraShield wood composite facings for outdoor use by Déco, in warm, natural teak, have been selected to cover the terrace of the BSL Boutique Suite, a large penthouse with a 360° view of Florence and the cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore with the dome by Brunelleschi.

UltraShield teak meets the design requirements, providing an outdoor deck that brings charm and durability.

UltraShield® has proven to be the choice that best combines functional quality and good looks, strength and conservation of color over time, thanks to a special plastic film that protects the boards.

 


Alik Cavaliere. The Green Universe

Until 9 September 2018 - Palazzo Reale, Milan

In the two decades since the death of Alik Cavaliere (Rome 1926 – Milan 1998), one of the most outstanding exponents of Italian sculpture of the second half of the 1900s, Palazzo Reale hosts a major retrospective, free of charge, to reconstruct the artist’s career and his focus on the theme of nature.

The works shed light on the various phases and themes of his work, from the monumental Metamorfosi of the late 1950s to the innovative character Gustavo B. in the early 1960s, protagonist of a story on the many experiences of a man over time, combined with Bimecus, a ‘do-it-yourself’ suitcase with parts in bronze and wood.

The exhibition is held at different sites: Centro Artistico Alik Cavaliere, Museo del Novecento, Palazzo Litta, Gallerie d’Italia - Piazza Scala, Università Bocconi.

 

 


Function and design

G-Shock presents the new collaboration with AsicsTiger

G-Shock launches a new model in collaboration with the brand AsicsTiger. The meeting point of the two companies is the pursuit of perfection in terms of both function and design, relying on the finest Japanese technology.

The distinctive features of AsicsTiger sneakers are applied by laser to generate a high-tech effect. The white face with red hands creates a cool, highly visible look. The packaging reproduces the image of the box used to contain the footwear.

The watch is based  on the GBA-800 model which features Bluetooth technology for connection with the G-Shock app via smartphone. Interesting functions include workout monitoring, with information directly visualized on the watch.

 

 


Streaming sound

Sonos Beam is the new versatile smart speaker for television and music

 

Sonos presents Beam, a smart speaker capable of reproducing streaming content in the rooms of hte home where people spend most of their time. Designed to offer a simple, intense sound experience for all desired content (films, TV shows, music and podcasts), it works with over 80 music services, various voice assistants and Apple AirPlay 2.

Like all Sonos speakers, Beam is part of the Sonos Home Sound System that allows users to add two Sonos One units for surround sound, with a subwoofer, or to insert Beam in their own multi-room Sonos configuration.

It is possible to control Beam in different ways, with the voice, the Sonos app, third-party apps like Spotify, Audible, Pandora and Tidal, the remote control of a television set and smart home devices.

 


Caressing with light

The Luxembourg pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale, with lighting solutions by Linea Light Group

 

Architecture seen as a political project. This is the idea behind the creation of the Luxembourg pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale. Inside the unique space of the Arsenale, the young Université du Luxembourg has conducted a social investigation on the privatization of public lands, physically visualized through a vertical perspective on the architectural proposal.

The technical lighting has been developed by Linea Light Group to caress the pavilion in three different areas: the corridor, the barchessa and the installations. The first is bordered by an LED-strip path made with Ribbon Plus Hi-Flux in DALI and underscored by cones of light that accompany the visitor, through contrast, in the definition of ‘private’ space.

This area containing the works takes the form of a space that is non-space. Every constructive idea exists independently, thanks to precise lighting supplied by multiple Iris-T units, also using DALI, with custom optics and brightness based on the architectural construct.

The third and last space is the pavilion itself. The functional and diversified control for the barchessa brings harmonious light, gauged for a balanced effect of indirect intensity, divided into 10% at the sides and 50% at the center.

 


Walls. The walls of Rome

Photographs by Andrea Jemolo – until 9 September at Museo dell’Ara Pacis in Rome

 

From September to December 2017 the Roman photographer Andrea Jemolo documented the fortification walls of Rome by using a Sinar 10x12 cm camera. Thanks to the possibility of perspective correction and long exposure times, Jemolo has produced images of very high definition that narrate and document the Aurelian Walls with their palimpsest of history and transformations.

At the Museo dell’Ara Pacis visitors can see a selection of 77 large-format color photographs. Starting from Porta del Popolo, by way of Villa Dominici and the Metronia, Latina, San Sebastiano gates, the itinerary in images reaches the last segment visible from Ponte dell’Industria.

In an ideal interaction with the images made by Jemolo, the museum also presents about 50 historic photographs selected from the Fondo Parker, held at the museum, and 17 historical images from the photography archives.

 


New Tuscan Style

Emanuele Svetti designs the new geothermal power station of Castelnuovo Val Cecina

 

Green energy and design of the latest generation. The new Centrale Geotermica Magma Energy represents a combination of architecture, landscape and avant-garde technology. It has been designed by the architect Emanuele Svetti.

The plant is inserted in the surrounding environment in a natural way. The “heart and brain” of the geothermal facility are protected by a green shell that establishes a dialogue with the typical forests of the Tuscan landscape.

 

L'architetto Emanuele Svetti.

Arlo Smart

Arlo is enhanced by artificial intelligence and video data analysis

 

Netgear announces new subscription plans for the smart video cameras of the Arlo family. Designed to guarantee greater domestic security, the new Arlo Smart subscription plans use intelligent algorithms and analysis to offer an advanced level of personalization while ensuring rapid transmission of important notifications. They also permit video recordings of up to 60 days.

The video cameras learn to recognize what they see, reducing the number of false alarms caused by normal everyday movements. The intelligent functions of Person Detection and the Cloud Activity Zone allow users to limit the areas of movement and to personalize the alerts, avoiding reception of false alerts.

The Rich Notifications function permits visualization of what Arlo is seeing also when the smartphone is on standby, eliminating the need to enter the app to view the videos in case of alerts.

 


Caribbean outdoor

KE structures have been chosen by the architects Perna & Tulumello for a private villa at the tourist port of Antigua

 

The project responds to the need to create a roof for four different zones of a residential complex: entrance, zone adjacent to the living area, the terrace of the bedroom zone, and the boat dock. For the living area and the bedroom zone, the choice has been to install five KE Gennius Isola 2 units.

Isola 2 has been selected to meet the requirement of installation of the structure in line with the clean architectural image and pale colors of the villa. The color white has been used for both the structure and the cover sheet.

The zone adjacent to the entrance features a Kedry Plus bioclimatic pergola, with a light, essential design, in perfect harmony with the sober style and colors of the villa.

The special Gennius Roomy structure has been used to protect the boat dock.