A project by Benedetta Tagliabue - EMBT Architects with Fundació Enric Miralles in collaboration with AHEC - American Hardwood Export Council. Hall Aula Magna - University of Milan

The versatile, transforming furniture designed in the 1990s by Enric Miralles and Benedetta Tagliabue for their house in Barcelona, and reproduced with a focus on sustainable materials, is highly current. Because living spaces, today more than ever, must be experienced dynamically but also responsibly.

The exhibition I mobili ballerini della casa di Enric Miralles & Benedetta Tagliabue (the dancing furniture of Enric Miralles’ & Benedetta Tagliabue’s house), displayed in the Aula Magna hall, highlights a lesser-known side of Enric Miralles (1955-2000) as a furniture designer.

Benedetta Tagliabue. Ph. Silvia Conde

For the first time, furniture and objects - a selection of nine pieces - designed by the Catalan architect and his partner, Benedetta Tagliabue, for their house in Barcelona (an old warehouse whose walls were knocked down to create an open space expressing the idea of a home in motion, where even the furniture had no fixed form or position but could be moved or altered depending on the requirements at the time) are on show in Italy.

Beautiful, functional and versatile, featuring dynamic forms and exquisite artisanal manufacture, these unique pieces are on display in an exhibition designed by Benedetta Tagliabue of EMBT Architects in collaboration with the Fundació Enric Miralles, reinterpreted with the support of the AHEC - American Hardwood Export Council in a range of sustainable American hardwoods (red oak, cherry, maple and tulipwood).

The exhibited pieces include the Mystery table built in 2020, a designer table whose zig-zag folding system means it can be lengthened or shortened almost instantly, transforming from a work desk for one person into a dining table to host over 16 guests.