Our tour of Milan Design Week exhibitions continues in the company of journalist Cristina Morozzi. New destinations, new projects and infinite creativity to be discovered. Come along with us.
MOST, a highly-anticipated satellite show curated by British designer Tom Dixon at the National Museum of Science and Technology, was far from superlative.
Scattered exhibitors, inconsistent in quality: from the luxury of Cartier who, with the presentation of its new Juste un Clou bracelet, opened the show, to the Designersblock souk.
There were a few exceptions: the impeccable SodaStream Source machine designed by Yves Béhar and showcased at the bar, with furnishings in cardboard and PET bottle installations; the new collection from French brand Chance and the aluminum chairs and lamps designed by Tom Dixon himself and made live on-site. Not really worth the walk.
The Triennale features an array of exhibitions centering around the new Design Museum dedicated to Italian art, decorated by Fabio Novembre in a blaze of colors. Novembre also attended the inauguration dressed as a Harlequin. From a spectacular glass installation, to the Liquidkrystal by Ross Lovegrove for Lasvit, to the small objects of Roberto Giacomucci’s monographic exhibition curated by Marco Ferreri, Piccolo designer.
Perspectives, a Belgian design exhibition, is noteworthy, curated by Giovanna Massoni with several surreal ideas. As are Iperbolica, with its monumental polychrome silicone armchairs by Alessandro Ciffo (50kg silicone shell, 30kg of polyurethane padding), and the magical red LEDs, produced by Ultrabody and designed by Aldo Cibic and Thierry Guagain. Whereas waves of energy are emitted from Ventura Lambrate in the shape of experiments, thoughts and quality projects.
Marco Rainò and Barbara Brondi present two exemplary exhibitions, Another Terra / Home Away from Home and at PLUSDESIGN Gallery, THE THREADS THAT BIND US featuring masks by Bertjan Pot. Pot is also author of Stairway to Heaven, safety-ladders lit with carnival lights hung from the ceiling of the bar in Ventura/Lambrate. The Lebanese gallery Caravan’s proposals are stimulating. At the Krizia space, Ingo Maurer illuminates us with a futuristic Mortiz Waldemeyer LED. And, to finish, a trio of excellent designers: Stefano Giovannoni, Jean Marie Massaud and Marcel Wanders at the Excelsior store in Galleria del Corso, celebrating high-design suitcases by Fabbrica Pellettieri Milano.