A new section of the Tactile Museum opens in Ancona, a multisensory place to discover in an interactive way – with all 5 senses – the cult objects of the history of Italian design

Design Collection, the new section of Homer State Tactile Museum of Ancona dedicated to design, a multisensory place where you can discover freely and interactive, the beauty of objects and the thought that produced them.

32 cult objects of Italian design that ask to be touched, listened to, manipulated

Thirty-two objects that ask to be touched, listened to, manipulated, in a path that organizes them by themes: traveling, living, cooking, working, playing.

These are design objects that from the '60 years have won the Compasso d'Oro or have been selected for the award, becoming cult pieces: from Moka Bialetti to the Brionvega radio Cubo, from Ghost chair by Kartell to the Valentine typewriter by Olivetti, from the 16 animals of Danese to the Vespa Piaggio.

Things speak to us in languages are not necessarily visual

As the curator of the exhibition Fabio Fornasari underlines: Things speak to us through their languages which are not necessarily visual and which also act on our emotions . As with art, design is also a continuous research that operates in form, content and material. With this collection, the Omero museum reaches out to a selection of thirty-two objects, thirty-two design variations”.

The centrality of sensoriality

The goddess therefore underlying this new collection is to reaffirm the centrality of tactility, sensoriality and synaesthesia to re-read our way of living and to appreciate the quality of the objects on display, above all offering an analysis of a exploratory and conceptual nature in relation to manufacturers, collectors and designers.

The installation is a journey, between objects, stories, sounds and words

The set-up, which uses a long counter for smaller objects and display islands for larger ones, was created with the intention of showing their journey from shops to our homes: the box, the packaging thus becomes a scenographic and narrative element. To complete the story of the objects and their creators, also the studied sounds of the sound designer Paolo Ferrario and the words of Chiara Alessi, Professor of Design at the Politecnico di Milano.

The audio guide is equipped with vibrating signals and acoustic information

An innovative audio guide system, based on Bluetooth technology and equipped with vibrating signals and acoustic information, is available to people with visual impairments. The system conceived by the CPU I-Tech, allows blind people to experience the collection independently and consists of a wearable tag on the waist, two bracelets and two earphones: the bracelets, through vibrations, allow you to stay along the path, when you meet the object you start the description and the sound narration, which can be listened to through earphones.

As Aldo Grassini, director of the Omero Museum remembers, the section dedicated to design was born from a donation from the Association for the Omero Odv-Onlus State Tactile Museum and is dedicated to the ex-director of the Museum Roberto Farroni, which strongly promoted it.


A house where you can experiment with objects

The Design collection is, therefore, a home where you can experiment with objects with joy. To welcome the visitor, right at the Mandracchio entrance of the Mole Vanvitelliana, a large sculptural work in terracotta by Paolo Annibali entitled Frontone, to evoke the link between Italian design and classicism.

All out: silence and manipulation

Along the way there is the space Fuori tutti (Outside all),a place of silence and study, where the miniatures of the objects on display are placed, to be manipulated and on which to meditate alone: a pleasant room for everyone and particularly functional for people with neurodiversity.