Bulthaup b Solitaire

The new b Solitaire line by bulthaup is composed of functional furnishings with which to personalize spaces

 

With its frame in matte black aluminium open on all sides, available in three sizes with three different surfaces, the basic module of the bulthaup b Solitaire family provides a freestanding platform to outfit with grilles in cast iron or wood, shelves and drawers in oak, with or without a glass enclosure.

The table, seen as the center of life in the home, is made with an elegant solid natural oak top resting on a framework of matte black aluminium.

The bench, to create an atmosphere for socializing and sharing, is also in solid natural oak and can be equipped with a comfortable leather seat.

Every piece in the bulthaup b Solitaire collection reflects the company’s values: a symbiosis of tradition craftsmanship, innovative industrial design and the finest materials.

 


Mr. Savethewall. Reality beyond the wall

Deodato Arte - Milan - Via Santa Marta 6 - 2 / 31 March 2018

Reality beyond the wall is the new solo show by Mr. Savethewall presented by Deodato Arte at Via Santa Marta until 31 March.

About 30 works including new creations, reflecting the unconventional poetics of an artist whose direct language approaches profound themes in a light, immediate way.

A critical viewpoint on contemporary society, on the part of an artist whose methods are close to those of street art, but without its taste for defacing walls… hence the name.

Mr. Savethewall uses cardboard, paper, wood, metal, plexiglas and recycled materials.

 


Welcome!

 

Design and hospitality at Salsomaggiore Terme

9 March – 2 May 2018

 

A conference coordinated by Aldo Colonetti, and an exhibition curated by Silvana Annicchiarico, on the themes of domestic design applied to hospitality.

 

Welcome! Design and hospitality at Salsomaggiore Terme is a project based on the synergy between the City of Salsomaggiore Terme and the Triennale Design Museum, in collaboration with Fondazione Franco Albini, with the aim of fostering dialogue among disciplines – design, architecture, communication – in close connection to the territorial context and its tradition.

Terme Luigi Zoja, designed by Franco Albini and Franca Helg in 1963, and the famous PL19 chair designed by Albini & Helg in 1957 used to furnish the hot springs facility, are the symbols of Welcome!

 


Light and strong

The Laminam Pietra slabs by Savoia for the railway station of Potsdam (Berlin)

 

Due to the extreme lightness and physical properties of the material, the large ceramic slabs (1000x3000 mm) of minimum thickness (3/5.6 mm) by Laminam are widely utilized in architecture for exterior or interior facings and floors.

The architectural interpretation for the station of Potsdam applied by the Studio GMP Architekten of Hamburg (designers of the original project) is based on considerations of solidity, longevity, beauty and sustainability. Four principles that were also followed by KSP Jürgen Engel Architekten GmbH, in the design of the new flooring.

The floors are made with Laminam ceramic slabs in the format 1000x2700mm with a thickness of 5.6mm, from the I Naturali collection, in Pietra di Savoia Avorio, for a total area of 6500 m2.

Thanks to the texture, the surface prevents slipping, making it ideal for floors.

 


Beyond glass

AGC launches the new line of laminated colored glass, “Stratobel Colour”: a perfect combination of aesthetics and safety

 

AGC Flat Glass Italia, the Italian branch of AGC Glass Europe, presents Stratobel Colour, the new line of laminated safety glass. An unusual range of products that offers multiple solutions for architectural design, in exteriors (facades, parapets, roofs) and interiors (dividers, floors, etc.).

Stratobel Colour offers eight colors: two tones of gray and two of brown guarantee infinite combinations of nuances inspired by nature. Adding multiple films of the same color, it is possible to achieve the desired degree of opacity without altering the influx of natural light.

For those in search of more luminous, bright colors to add greater character to spaces, it is possible to replace Planibel Clearlite with Planibel Clearvision, the high-transparency glass of AGC that ensures light transmission equal to 92%.

For maximum personalization the Stratobel Colour range also offers two translucent white tones (Mat 80 and Mat 65) that allow light to pass while protecting privacy, and two completely opaque tones, one white and one black.

Photo credits: Miysis Studio 3D.


Sconnessi. The Collection

Created for the sets of Sconnessi, the film by Christian Marazziti released on 22 February, the new series by the architect Simone Micheli for Boffetto becomes part of the brand’s collections, keeping the name that indicates its origin.

The six pieces (bedside unit, two bookcases, dining table and two coffee tables) created by Simone Micheli for the sets of a house in the mountains in the film, are now available as the Collezione Sconnessi in the Boffetto catalogue.

 


Flou in New Delhi

The new flagship store of 200 m2 opened in India in collaboration with Kanu Kitchen Kulture Pvt. Ltd. displays the Italian company’s expertise in the culture of sleep.

The products of Flou and Natevo offer a total living concept for all the spaces of the home.

Furnishings that combine quality, function and aesthetics for an everyday experience of the elegance of items made and manufactured in Italy.

This year Flou celebrates its 40th anniversary.

This milestone coincides with the 40th birthday of Nathalie, the bed designed by Vico Magistretti in 1978 that accompanied the social and cultural transformations of the 1970s.


Italian Design Day in Madrid. A voyage between Italy and Spain

For the second edition of Italian Design Day in the world, the Italian Embassy in Madrid, on 1 March, hosted the event Design. A voyage between Italy and Spain.

Gilda Bojardi, editor of the Italian magazine Interni and Ambassador of Italian Design Day, as guest of honor sent by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Jorge Pensi, an Argentine designer working in Italy and Spain, and Teresa Sapey, an important Italian architect residing in Madrid, accompanied a large audience of sector professionals, specialized journalists, students, teachers and design lovers on an ideal voyage that combined Italian and Spanish design.

At the end of the counter the Italian Ambassador Stefano Sannino opened the art-design exhibition Los Caprichos, curated by Patrizia Catalano, featuring a collection of works by outstanding designers like Andrea Salvetti, Ettore Sottsass, Gianni Osgnach, Andrea Branzi, Riccardo Dalisi, the Campana Brothers, Ugo La Pietra, Emmanuel Babled and Maurizio Barberis, from the most important Italian galleries.

During the one-day program, looking forward to the upcoming Salone del Mobile in Milan, Design Ambassador Gilda Bojardi retraced twenty years of events organized by the magazine Interni for the FuoriSalone. “For many years – Bojardi emphasized – the relationship between Italian design and Spanish design has been a case of perfect attunement, and Interni has always paid close attention to all the events and projects that bring these two countries together.”

The Ambassador Stefano Sannino remarked on the fact that design is now one of the most intense areas of collaboration between Italy and Spain. “Design has been the sector that gave rise, last year, to an ambitious integrated promotional project for Spain, which we have called ITmakES. With ITmakES, part of the “Vivere all’Italiana” strategy promoted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, we set out to add value to all the opportunities for synergy between Italy and Spain in the sectors where this relationship has the most impact. The goal is to promote increasingly intense cooperation, making room for young talents to move forward with the extraordinary legacy of relations between our societies.”

The new initiative launched by the Italian Embassy in the context of ItmakES is aimed precisely at young talents, with the selection of a project by a young designer in Spain to bring to the FuoriSalone in Milan in 2019, thanks to collaboration with the magazine Interni. Participation will be open to the leading design and architecture schools in Spain.

Italian Design Day is an initiative supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in collaboration with the Ministry of Cultural Assets and Activities and Tourism, the Milan Triennale, ICE Agenzia, Salone del Mobile.Milano, Associazione per il Disegno Industriale, Fondazione Compasso d'Oro and Fondazione Altagamma.

The second edition of Italian Design Day in Madrid was made possible by the cooperation of the Italian Cultural Institute in Madrid and the Italian Chamber of Commerce for Spain.


Freespace in Venice

Venice Biennale – 16th International Architecture Exhibition Venice (Giardini and Arsenale), 26 May – 25 November 2018

 

Open to the public starting on Saturday 26 May, until Sunday 25 November 2018, at the Giardini and the Arsenale, the 16th International Architecture Exhibition has the title Freespace, curated by Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara, and organized by the Biennale di Venezia helmed by Paolo Baratta.

This edition focuses on the question of space, its quality and its free use.

The exhibition includes 71 participants, joined by others in two special sections: the first, with 16 participants, is entitled “Close Encounter, meetings with remarkable projects” and presents works based on reflections on well-known projects from the past; the second, with 13 participants, entitled “The Practice of Teaching,” focuses on works developed in educational contexts.

“The desire to create Freespace can become the specific individual characteristic of each individual project. But space, free space, public space can also reveal the presence or absence of architecture, if we understand architecture to be ‘thinking applied to the space where we live, that we inhabit.’ And the International Architecture Exhibition will offer us examples, teachings, and topics of discussion. Therefore, we are thankful to Farrell and McNamara for having accepted our invitation and for the choice, which adds an important link to the chain of Exhibitions held over the years,” Paolo Baratta explains.

“We have approached this Exhibition as architects. We have considered the given buildings as specific sites, as our context. The Exhibition is designed to reveal the qualities of the Corderie and of the Central Pavilion. The heroic dimension of the Corderie with its repeated brick structure and its moody light contrasts with the luminous quality of the zenithal light in the Central Pavilion. We have heightened the awareness of these contrasting atmospheres within the two buildings and this has informed and enriched our curatorial strategy. By responding to these qualities we have enjoyed the effect it has had on our choices and placements of participants,” say the two curators, Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara.


The many faces of an icon

To celebrate 50 years of Cobra, first of all I thought about a new color, red: bright, a symbol of fire, battle, force, light, with a strong personality. In the past, in the 1970s, Cobra was already offered in bright hues like yellow, orange and red. So this was almost a revival, to commemorate a product that is still in the catalogue and still very timely.”

This is how Emiliana Martinelli (Elio’s daughter, president of Martinelli Luce and the creative spirit of the brand) introduces the initiatives to celebrate an icon of Italian design, first produced in 1968: a futuristic table lamp, originally created in the black and white versions, so ahead of its time that it was disruptive, and still contemporary enough to find its way into international films, just as in the past.

With its perfect balance of innovative design and formal rigor, Cobra is formed by two molded volumes in heat-curing resin: the lower part rotates on the steel base, and is connected to the upper part by a central joint to permit 360° rotation. An object enclosed in a sphere, where the rotating movement of the reflector around the central pivot makes it possible to change the appearance.

Getting back to the anniversary, Emiliana Martinelli wanted to pay homage to her father Elio by inviting a series of designers who work with the company, along with some friends – including Luisa Bocchietto, Michel Boucquillon, Alessandro Guerriero, Alessandro Mendini, Angelo Micheli, Paola Navone, Karim Rashid, Marc Sadler, Brian Sironi and Emiliana herself – to rethink the Cobra through a graphic texture created for application to the lamp.

Each project-texture comes in 30 signed and numbered pieces, plus three trials. These signature reinterpretations will be seen in an exhibition opening on 27 January at the Milan Triennale, also presenting the red version. (Andrea Pirruccio)


In the name of the mother: Adele Ceraudo

The artist Adele Ceraudo hosted by Pan Palazzo delle Arti in Naples, from 24 February to 19 March, with a solo show of over 50 works to retrace the phases of her 10-year career: drawings, paintings, photographs, installations, videos, performances.

The central theme of the show entitled Nel nome della madre: Adele Ceraudo is womanhood, explored from various human and social viewpoints


Messages for another world

Valcucine continues the focus on the theme of sustainability taken forward by its co-founder, the designer Gabriele Centazzo, supporting a project coordinated by Alessandro Biamonti involving eight designers.

On Wednesday 21 February, at the Valcucine showroom in the Brera district of Milan, the designers Stefano CitiMaurizio Lai, Francesco Librizzi, Raffaella Mangiarotti, Philippe Nigro, Lorenzo Palmeri, Federico Peri and Ilkka Suppanen talked about the challenge of imagining a fragile, transparent, precious object in glass to send a message to Another World.

The demiurge of the 8 works is the glassblower and artist Massimo Lunardon.

Glass is a conceptually stimulating material often used to protect precious things: from the display cases of museums to the bottles in which shipwrecked sailors placed messages in the hope of rescue.

Valcucine and Spotti Milano presented the works, inside a concept that combines the know-how of a Leonardesque machine with the bemusement of an alien that moves it. You are not the masters, but simply one gear in a machine is the new aphorism behind the setting created by Massimo Lunardon and Gabriele Centazzo.

The message for another world is not just a matter of noble reflections on the future of the environment. The initiative takes concrete action thanks to an auction organized for the sale of the 8 works on display, with proceeds earmarked for Bioforest, the first environmentalist association of Italian industrialists. With the collaboration of the online platform CharityStars.com.