In search of alchemical dynamism in everyday life, from New York to Rome, Venice to Los Angeles, Istanbul to London, the works of architecture selected for this issue include projects of enhancement and reconfiguration that open up new perspectives on the culture of specific sites and their relationships with their surroundings. We examine the regeneration project for the Procuratie Vecchie on Piazza San Marco in Venice, where thanks to a refurbishing project by David Chipperfield Architects Milano opens spaces on the third floor to the public, containing the facilities of The Human Safety Net Foundation, with interior design by the studio Migliore+Servetto and artistic direction by Davide Rampello.
We also present the Atatürk Cultural Center in Istanbul, which through the reconstruction and expansion coordinated by Tabanlioglu Architects has been transformed into a nerve center of the Beyoglu Culture Route (the city’s cultural thoroughfare). Then comes the Market Building in London, designed by the studio Holloway Li, a versatile work of architecture combining a showroom with a co-working space. In Manhattan, with his home Mauro Porcini pays homage to Italian character, and a passion for design Made in Italy.
The international focus also extends to the pages on product design. The United States market confirms its position as one of the most important for our brands and their exports, as reported by an investigation that explores projects and investments on the part of the furniture industry to consolidate its leadership overseas. Our journey then heads for Africa, a fertile territory of inspiring imagery, or a gathering place for projects of creative cooperation.
Finally, we come to more varied themes of in-depth exploration and timely pertinence, such as that of the polymorphic and multicentric home, driven by a new fluidity that gives all spaces new character as a fulcrum, a role previously played only by the living-kitchen area. A new interpretation of design practice, halfway between art and industry, crafts and automation, gives rise to more ethical, aware production, as demonstrated in the latest trends in tables and chairs, no longer simple furnishings, but objects capable of generating emotional relationships with their users.