Università degli Studi / Design Orto Botanico di Brera

Interni has called on designers of international stature from various backgrounds – Japan, China, Brazil, Russia, Great Britain, Poland – with different types of training and experience, with the aim of forming a mosaic of styles and visions, and to compare, also on a territorial level, the various characteristics and interpretations of design.


L’art de la photographie

Exhibition curated by Collettivo Alidem

Passion is the driving force in everything I do. The idea that led to the birth of Alidem was to make the art of photography accessible to everyone. The problem was the search for the artists: we looked around, and in the end we saw that in our collective we have the resources, the ability, the desire for innovation, even to a greater extent than other proposals. When you put passion, desire, commitment into something, there are no limits; there is not necessarily any need to have already done something in the sector. In Open Borders and those who have organized it, I have found enthusiasm similar to or even equal to mine.” Pompeo Locatelli, founder of Alidem



Along the Lines of Happiness

Project by Laura Ellen Bacon and Sebastian Cox. Produced by Ahec – American Hardwood Export Council

“The original work was conceived to embody the exact moment of realization, those happy, joyful feelings you have when you are creating something. Two aspects of the work emerge: the technical side, for which each part is carefully prepared; and the part in which the materials are handled, with the hands and with steam.” Laura Ellen Bacon, artist

“In a workshop if you make a mistake no one see it. On this occasion we open the structure to the public, people can come and watch what we are doing while we are doing it. The material is very important, as is the design. Although in this case the design is almost secondary to the fact that we are trying to experiment with wood.” Sebastian Cox, designer/maker




Be Brazilian

Exhibition curated by José Roberto Moreira do Valle with Brazil S/A

“It is hard to narrate everything about Brazil, the materials, the products; here in Milan we presented a small cutaway of Brazilian design, bringing a bit of its innovation and creativity. We decided to pay tribute to Modernism, presenting the Niemeyer 1985 table by Oscar Niemeyer for Estel and the chair by Lina Bo Bardi. Interni’s idea of gathering design from all over the world in an exhibition adds great impact and interest to Design Week in Milan.”  José Roberto Moreira do Valle, founder of Brazil S/A



Design without Borders. Press Office

Project by Mac Stopa with Nmc, Milliken

“For me Open Borders means opening the borders between different design disciplines: architecture, industrial design, graphic design, fashion. The experience gained in one discipline helps to create objects in others. It doesn’t matter if a project is long-term, what counts are its roots; this press office is an example of a project that is isolated from the context. It means there is freedom of expression, lack of stress, it means you can open your mind to creative thoughts. The ideas developed for Open Borders will be long-term ideas for the future.” Mac Stopa, architect



Digital Borders

Project by Felice Limosani with East End Studio

“The present paradox is that geopolitical borders are increasingly tight, while other borders are expanding: conversations online, virtual encounters. From this perspective I have thought that Big Data could be a big opportunity. I have developed a CSM system, a system that scans data, and interfaced it with the data of the UN and the European Community on migratory flows; I imported the data to a graphic engine that in real time transformed them into flows of images project on LED monitors.” Felice Limosani, multidisciplinary creator



Innovative Perspective: Itinerary

Project by Lissoni Associati with Audi

The installation created by Piero Lissoni for Audi and placed in the Cortile d’Onore of the State University was closely connected to three other installations from the same series positioned at the entrance to Torre Velasca and on Via Monte Napoleone, to interpret the four rings of the automaker’s logo.




Project by Chen Xiangjing with Jing Yi Zhi International Furniture Supply

“If design means identifying problems and solving them, we might say it is a work with no limits. A good designer should never close himself inside any borders. In my view, Open Borders means keeping your horizons free and open, identifying problems, taking the possibilities generated by the process of creation into account. My work ranges from architecture to interior design, works of art to furnishings for the home. In Milan we have brought two series of seats I have recently designed. The designer should make a bridge between people and new lifestyles, which means not only solving problems, but also showing a new way of living, and creating more possibilities for this.” Chen Xiangjing, designer



Moving Lights

Project Studio Castagna Ravelli with Azul Italia

Bands of light directed upward, bowing and rising, intersecting and overlapping, to underline the festival of design organized by Interni in the spaces of Ca’ Granda: ten mobile heads in constant motion, hidden by two boxes at the sides of the gate enhanced by a line of Azul marble. The light is white, to not superimpose itself on the color of the historic building, and to highlight the entrance to Open Borders.



Parabolic Stripes

Project by Noriko Tsuiki e Naoyuki Shirakawa with Kokura Stripes Japan Association

“Our installation took its cue from the curved lines of the cloth in the garment worn by St. Ambrose in the plaster model by Adolfo Wildt. This year is the 150th anniversary of the start of diplomatic relations between Japan and Italy. The 150 rolls of fabric of the structure in front of the statue celebrate this anniversary and the hope for a long future of collaboration between our countries.” Noriko Tsuiki, textile artist

“We were inspired by the architectural features of the historic building of the State University, especially the space in front of St. Ambrose and the Scalone d’Onore, with its enchanting shadows.” Naoyuki Shirakawa, architect



The 55 springtimes of the Salone

Project by Lorenzo Marini Group

In the Cortile d’Onore, an installation that was a tribute to the Salone del Mobile.Milano, which reached its 55th edition in 2016. The three-dimensional composition presented the new image of the Salone, created by Lorenzo Marini, extending between past and future: a blend of the number 55 and the eye, the first symbol used by the Salone in 1961. To mark an important point of arrival for the Milanese fair.


Ron Arad + Tom Vack

Exhibition by Tom Vack with Moroso

“When I think about open borders I think of the people with whom I have worked, always on the borderline between art and design. Ron designs every chair as if he were writing his name, each part in perfect proportion. So I can understand the his borders are his persona.” Tom Vack, photographer

“I am sitting on a chair called Tom Vack. When I had to give a name to this chair, it was originally supposed to be Vacuum Formed. A few years later I met Tom who said: ‘Ron, do you know what you did to me? Every time I go to a party or a bar people ask me: ‘What’s your name?’ And I say: ‘Tom Vack.’ ‘What? You are named after a chair?’ I am very happy when there are no borders, when something is open. These photographs were taken to be printed in a book, but now the borders are open, and the photos are on the walls.” Ron Arad, designer



Scorched or Blackened

Project by Paolo Belardi and Aba – Accademia Belle Arti di Perugia. Supported by Regione Umbria

“The installation was conceived as a ‘house in the house,’ i.e. a form of viral incorporation; a long glass curtain that protects the true materials of the installation, that are not the installation but its content. Four experiments on four traditional materials of the Umbria Region, conducted by four designer-artists of the Accademia di Belle Arti in Perugia: ceramics for Arthur Duff, wood for Marco Fagioli, paper for Pietro Carlo Pellegrini, glass for Paul Robb. For two years now the Fine Arts Academy of Perugia has launched, by order of the Umbria Region, a new path of ideological construction that is somehow a viaticum for the future, for a new Umbria that knows how to look beyond. I believe that today, more than ever, borders should not be opened, but erased; our installation has somehow pushed Open Borders towards No Borders.” Paolo Belardi, engineer and director of Aba



The Great JJ

Produced by Leucos

“We decided to create mini-installations composed of three Great JJ lamps, enormous ones, over four meters high, intertwining and featuring new colors. The Great JJ is a lamp that was invented as a desk light, with an adjustable arm with springs; the contrast between the habit of seeing it in a small tabletop size and the image of the tall version conveys the sensation of being in another dimension. A project like this temporary installation, connected with a single event, is important because it lets you create things bordering on the impossible.” Riccardo Candotti, President of Leucos




X1: the Story of a Family Passion

An exhibition curated by CARLO BACH with illy

“The exhibition investigates the borders of perception: it is based on the idea of anamorphosis, of managing to read something only from a particular vantage point. The basic idea was to take the colonnade and clone it; in this fake colonnade, through a game of anamorphosis, it is possible to read words that trigger relations between the past and present of coffee machines. The Salone del Mobile is the true moment of experimentation in Italy, on design and on materials. Interni makes it possible to go beyond the normal approach to an installation. We have also worked on the idea of having a moment for coffee in a place that is an installation, that can be used as a gathering place.” Carlo Bach, Artistic Director Illycaffè


Orto Botanico di Brera

Via F.lli Gabba, 10 / Via Brera, 28

MyEquilibria, The Wellness Park, is a project to encourage urban fitness, where design and high technology combine to create an innovative outdoor gym.


MyEquilibria, The Wellness Park

Project by Vito Di Bari with Metalco Active

“At the Orto Botanico a new tree species was born: MyEquilibria. It is a tree made for people, and this is why the name starts with ‘My.’ This choice comes from the fact that, as Frank Chimero, multidisciplinary designer, says, ‘people ignore design that ignores people’; a concept that expresses the very soul of design. The relationship with the theme Open Borders is hidden inside the tree, and it also represents my personal idea of design: to hide technology of the next generation inside a sophisticated object. The material utilized to construct the tree is a high-performance cement combined with carbon fiber and fiberglass: it has the velvety tactile characteristics of a human-scale material, the elegance of cement, but also the flexibility of metal. And this makes the tree unique. Our ambition is to inspire not just reflection, but a mode of wellbeing, a better quality of life.” Vito Di Bari, designer