From the three-way dialogue between Vito Nesta, Alessandro Guerriero and Sara Ricciardi to the collaboration between Dopo? and Franco Raggi. This is where the past meets the present of design

There are latent tears in contemporary design, which are like certain unresolved issues in psychology: in the long run, they generate fractures. For this reason, it is interesting to discover how at the next FuoriSalone a thread that seemed interrupted for some time will be staged, that of the dialogue between distant generations.

On the one hand, teachers who have made the history of the project, on the other, younger authors who live the relationship with the past in an alternating current.

These are not pandering homages, but ideas that arise from the desire to connect dots, as in certain puzzle games where the figures are already before our eyes, waiting for someone to make their contours emerge clearly.

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The Alchemies of Vito Nesta and Alessandro Guerriero interpreted by Sara Ricciardi

In this spirit, as many profoundly different figures - but perhaps not too much - have come together in an exhibition with three voices (and three souls) such as Alessandro Guerriero, Vito Nesta and Sara Ricciardi.

On the one hand, the founder, in 1976, of the Studio Alchimia, inspirer of modern social design through numerous initiatives ranging from work in prisons to the Tam-Tam school, from another is the designer who, starting as assistant to the master in Naba, then picked up the thread.

In the middle, the owner of the house Nesta, who in his space in via Ferrante Aporti created this special connection by asking Ricciardi to interpret in his own way, in the role of curator, the collection of porcelain and other accessories, Alchimie, designed by Nesta himself and Guerriero.

"This exhibition" explains the Apulian designer "was born, like the collection, from the idea of creating something that we risk losing somewhat in design, that is, the collaborative, alchemical spirit to put it in Alessandro's way, which brings together figures distant in age and approach, but close in the romantic inspiration that distinguishes them.

With Alessandro, we decided to involve Sara to create a meta-story that aims to be a transit of energy that takes the projects away from self-referentiality.

Never before has each of us risked becoming an impenetrable bubble for the other more than in this historical moment. Sara's special contribution will be an alchemy within alchemy, an additional opportunity to step outside of ourselves and imagine new relationships thanks to the suggestions triggered by design."

Debonademeo and Nanda Vigo in the Adrenalina project at Design Variations

On the other side of the city, in the new headquarters of Design Variations, the enormous garage in the Darsena area inside a building designed by Marco Zanuso, the art directors of Adeanalina, Luca De Bona and Dario De Meo (debonademeo), create an evocative continuum that begins in 1971 and extends to 2024.

At the center of the scene, the reproduction of the Remo Brindisi House Museum, created for the Roman painter in the Comacchio pine forest based on a design by Nanda Vigo. Far from the artificial and somewhat clever schemes that generally inspire these operations , the project combines in a single breath the architecture of fifty years ago with the furnishings of the brand which have recently entered the interiors of this historic residence.

The Adrenalina upholstered furniture, in absolute white for the occasion, are combined with profiles of human figures, dark silhouettes which, as in the works of Remo Brindisi, evoke the architectural lines of the house for a concept that combines furniture and art.

Franco Raggi's tent for inclusive hospitality at Dopo?

After? at Corvetto is many things: a space in the first suburbs of Milan where the glamorous air of the city arrives rarefied and there is space to exercise the critical spirit. But also the "collective of collectives" where some of the most inspired under 35s of the moment find their place.

Who, for this FuoriSalone, have launched a challenging idea: offering residence to artists and designers, in the days when Milan becomes inaccessible due to the price of a room, in exchange for creative support to be realized precisely for Design Week.

Salvatore Peluso, curator and one of the souls of After?, explains: "The four tents that will host designers, artists and young professionals during the design week have been conceived in a completely different way , with formal results that were very distant from each other. One of the main references for the entire project was the Red Tent by Franco Raggi, a nomadic architecture recently re-edited by the gallery VGO Associates in a black and white version: printed sheets and bamboo canes. It is a minimal, economical, easy structure to be moved, which ironically ennobles its own precariousness with the features of the temple".

Hence the idea of asking Raggi to borrow the latest version of his work, "even if for both technical and conceptual reasons we preferred to develop a new version".

Classic One will be a prefabricated tent with a "house" shape, which will be decorated by its inhabitants themselves following the instructions of the master. "It's the first time we've talked to an architect from the Radical generation" continues Peluso.

"The main objective ofAfter? is to support contemporary and emerging practices, because there is a lack of an institutional context of reference that supports the development of new ideas (Triennale, dove sei ?).

But the debt towards that group of architects is there, of course. One of the manifesto phrases we launched for the opening of the space, 'Are we sure that work will coincide with life?', recalled that of Global Tools: 'When will education coincide with life'".