Who doesn’t dream about living in a home with a flourishing garden or a large terrace? As spring arrives, the desire grows to open the domestic walls and to take everyday life outside. Furniture designers and companies are fully aware of this, and for some time now they have been offering sophisticated outdoor versions of many of their collections - also the great classics - for life in the open air, maintaining the same accent on quality expected for interiors.
From furniture to textile complements, surfaces to technical components, all the way to kitchens: the elements that converge to form the style and functionality of a house are now also being made for outdoor use, thanks to ongoing research on materials and production processes, to add unexpected performance that is often concealed in an increasingly technological core. All this emerges from our issue on ‘life outside,’ leading to various themes for reflection in design. That of the garden, for example, seen as a laboratory of experimentation in which to test artifacts, thoughts and hopes - as narrated in an exhibition that opens at the end of March in the Vitra Design Museum. Or the theme of building in extreme habitats: the high-altitude refuge, a house in the desert, a villa that rises to adapt to the rising sea level.
Born to be wild
Design culture comes to grips with new climate conditions that present challenges for everyday living. But even in the case of territorial settings under human control, design can still offer surprises and emotions. A story told by various works of architecture, from Milan to Sydney, from the countryside near Noto to Lake Geneva, in a voyage full of curious stimuli where forms, materials and colors express extreme quality and attention to detail. In pursuit of affinities and harmonies with different landscapes, contexts and eras.