CHRISTOPHE PILLET – House of Senses

CHRISTOPHE PILLET is a french designer who has won international acclaim for the spectrum and quality of his creations. Architecture, objects, furniture, art direction: his signature is invariably associated with the finest brands and projects of ever-increasing weight and prestige, from transforming the Lancel boutiques across France and the rest of the world, designing the new Hotel Sezz in St Tropez, and the restaurant Maison- Blanche in Casablanca, to creating stands for Renault at international automobile shows. Whether it be as design director for Lacoste, or in long-term collaborations with Driade, Cappellini and Emu, his considered interpretations are a testament to high-voltage chic, distinguished both by its precision and rigor. If a Pillet style exists, it is that of efficiency, service and humanity: the ability to crystallize, in the project, the excitement of the proposition. STUDIO AZZURRO is an artistic studio that focuses its research on the expressive potential of new Information Technologies. In 1982 Fabio Cirifino (photography), Paolo Rosa (visual arts and film) and Leonardo Sangiorgi (graphics and animation) began an experience which, over the years, has explored the poetic and expressive possibilities of new technological cultures; in 1995 they were joined by Stefano Roveda. Through the creation of video environments, sensitive and interactive environments, museum exhibitions, theatre performances and films, they have developed a broad artistic experience which cuts across traditional disciplines, forming a team which is open to various contributions and other significant collaborations. Concept An installation for meditation, an evocative construction that combines natural elements, technological devices and artistic videos in a creative mixture to reawaken the senses. The external structure is in black wood, covered and crossed by vegetation: large LED screens on the wall constantly broadcast video images, a gathering of experiences through the five senses produced by the award-winning Studio Azzurro, a group of new media artists. Interactive installations by the studio Sfelab in the cloisters engage visitors in an intense sensory and emotional experience. Project House of Senses is an installation located at the center of the Cortile della Farmacia and integrated with the existing geometry of the garden. Built entirely in wood with anthracite black stain, with a brushed finish, the installation rests on a platform. Vegetation covers the rectangular flat roof. The three walls are screens showing synchronized videos that explore the universe of the senses, created by the artists of Studio Azzurro. The floor and ceiling are made with a special reflecting material that increases the impressionistic effect of the space, reflecting the images shown on the walls. Tall slender trees cross the roof and become the heart of the installation, putting nature into contact with the technology of the screens. Visitors are attracted by the lively video images projected throughout the pavilion and by the interactive installations of Sfelab, positioned in the spaces of the portico and created to investigate the world of the senses.