The approach to design culture is increasingly open to the contamination of different disciplines. This issue addresses the relationship between art and design and what function it can have. Starting with the Italian Pavilion at Expo 2025 Osaka

Interni is the communication and promotion partner for the Italian Pavilion at Expo 2025 Osaka: a source of great pride for our magazine. In this issue we present a preview of the Italian Pavilion, titled The Ideal City, interpreted by Mario Cucinella and his studio MCA - Mario Cucinella Architects, winner of the competition, with the support of Mario Andrea Vattani, Commissioner General for Italy at Expo 2025 Osaka. The subtitle Art regenerates life expresses the idea behind the project, namely to put man, nature, sustainability and life at the center of a futuristic ideal city.

Graphic Motion: Daniele Basilico

The eclectic creativity of interior design

A statement of intent that in the wider sense of the terms reconnects to the theme of Art&Design illustrated in this issue. An eclectic kind of creativity is featured in the architectural interiors: the Milanese home of a manager in the field of communication, a historical house in Oltradige updated by ModusArchitects with an eye on the Alpine tradition, the Bershka flagship store in Milan formulated by OMA from a perspective of omnichannel shopping experience.

Art and design, what exchange relationship?

The concept of the open series, the limited edition or the one-off makes new inroads among young designers, experimenting with alternatives to industrial production. This can be seen in the latest overviews of design in Italy, and elsewhere, revealing an approach to projects that is increasingly open to contaminations with different disciplines and greater freedom of expression – no longer constrained by the logic of mass production – which furniture companies have decided to welcome and include in their collections. A relationship of exchange between art and design, in which the former encourages the application of new viewpoints, while the latter provides an added factor for art, which it is lacking by nature: a practical function.

Annual Contract 2023: what future for office, hotel and new residential proposals?

What will the office world look like? Certainly workspaces (leaving aside for a moment the theme of the home office) are heralding more community-based and less top-down models than they used to be. Work is shared: of computers, of desks, of meeting rooms; and at the same time, technologies allow us relationships and connections that were unthinkable until recently. The same can be said of new residential proposals: smaller houses but with shared condominium spaces (spa, nursery, laundry, meeting areas and lounges) similar to the services offered until now more by hotels than by homes. Hotels will certainly be greener and multitasking. And cities? This may be the time for a profound rethink, especially in a social key, where the real needs of the inhabitants are prioritised.

But the future is also an awareness that the world is still imbalanced, that there are entire communities living in conditions of promiscuity and discomfort: thinking about residential solutions for this important part of the world means realising that the good of our planet does not only depend on CO2 reduction.