What we loved at Milan Design Week 2018

What we loved at Milan Design Week 2018

Claire Lescot · 2 years ago · Design

The Design Week this year has made an All-Inn playing all the playable and striking with a + 26% of attendance compared to last year. Finding the best projects among all those that have proliferated uncontrollably this week has not been easy. A matryoshka of endless events in the Caribbean climate version of Milan where only the superpower of ubiquity would have allowed us to visit everything.
Below is our report divided by the categories that we thought were most salient:

The Most bizarre event

In a former industrial area was staged a real Funeral party for Potalove with music a background of Bach and several musicians lying in colored and essential coffins readjustment to chests that have sung some pieces of Depeche Mode followed by Rosalba Piccinini (the creator of the ‘event) that sang ‘Let me cry’ by Handel. Design beyond death.

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The Secret Party

A completely different nature the secret party of Studiopepe with Club Unseen: a refined, avant-garde and cinematic-inspired project set up in a 19th-century warehouse in Piazza Tricolore and thought down to the last detail: a conceptual tattoo transferable as a stamp to enter, butlers, drinks, sophisticated music and a Black Mirror-style bar. The main feature of the club was an installation based on cocktail preparation designed to put the accent on the gestures of the mixologist; the bar has become a stage in which the art of “Made by hand” was recited through a theatrical horizontal opening that framed the hands of the bartenders.

Design Week 2018 Club Unseen 2 | Collater.al Design Week 2018 Club Unseen 1 | Collater.al

The Evergreen

Nilufar Gallery and Dimore Studio confirm their wonderful rediscoveries. In the first one, we hit the temporary nightclub designed by India Mahdavi, Chez Nina, dedicated to the founder of the gallery Nina Yashar who has delighted the view with a combination of multicolor velvet sofas with sinuous shapes, geometric silk walls, vintage pieces and a spectacular floor.

Emiliano Salci and Britt Moran from Dimore Studio instead surprised us with Transfer: an installation consisting of tents that reminded travelers in their different atmospheres: The Silk Road, The Italian Campsite, The Blue Coast Beach, The Arab Harem, The Room of a Medium. The curtains were placed in the middle of dark rooms where visitors could see the interior through windows that served as a lighthouse in the darkness. Each space had its own scent and its own soundtrack and inside each tent there were pieces of past and present collections combined with intimate objects. It was worth the interminable queue at the entrance.

Design Week 2018 chez nina 2 | Collater.al
Design Week 2018 chez nina | Collater.al
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Top Bar and Rooftop

 One of the most Instagrammed neon installations of this Fuorisalone was certainly the one at Anne Bar, set up at the Diocesan Museum and created by the Dutchmen of Space Encounters x Children Of The Light where it was possible to dance inside colored light arches where the end could not be seen but also relax on the adjacent lawn. For the Rooftop party we chose the Floristeria in the heart of Ventura Lambrate: a post-industrial environment with views of the city and various DJ sets.

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The news

 This year’s novelty was FuturDome in Loreto. The restoration of the Art Nouveau building in which the last futurists used to meet was an experiment that combined conservative restoration with art and connected authors, artists, students and companies in a new project. Interesting contemporary art projects of the various design faculties dedicated to various themes including the future of the human species. The ride to the adjacent Le Dictateur was a must; here Federico Pepe and Patricia Urquiola presented Do not treat me like an object, a virtual reality project in which: ”Objects cease to be only matter and form and function and are reconfigured as entities with feelings, predictive and interactive abilities and empathetic”.

Design Week 2018 Futurdrome 4 | Collater.al Design Week 2018 Futurdrome 3 | Collater.al Design Week 2018 Futurdrome 2 | Collater.al Design Week 2018 Futurdrome 1 | Collater.al

The prizes

Among the awarded installations, our favorite was David Rockwell’s The Diner at Ventura Centrale, which won as ” Best Engagement ” at the Milan Design Award: “For the quality of the recreated environment and for the kind of proposed involvement that suggests a trip entrancing and evocative space/time “.

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The other winners were:

”Best Technology”Panasonic Transition: “For the project’s ability to return an experience of technology as intangible as it is unique and relevant, enveloping the visitor and proposing a sensorial orchestration of extraordinary impact”

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”Best Sustainability” – 3D Housing 05 by Massimiliano Locatelli of CLS with Italcementi, Arup and Cybe: “For having proposed a concrete and sustainable solution in the architectural project in a perfect balance between material quality and emotional experience”

Design Week 2018 Best Sustainibility | Collater.al

”Unicorn” – Giants with Dwarf by Stephan Hurlemann for Horgenglarus: “For the courageous intuition in proposing a physical, archaic and amusing interaction, giving a soul to an archetype of design like the chair”

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”Best Playfulness” – Hidden Senses by Sony Design: “For the rediscovery of the senses through endless interactions with everyday objects, transformed into sophisticated gaming opportunities and spells where technology is no longer afraid “

Design Week 2018 Hidden Senses | Collater.al

”Milan Design Award 2018” – Monster Cabaret By Lasvit: ”Rewards the installation that best interprets the contemporary design and the future conceptual vision”

Design Week 2018 Lasvit| Collater.al

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Art is Resistance – Mauro Gatti

Art is Resistance – Mauro Gatti

Giulia Pacciardi · 3 months ago · Art

Monday will start a new week of Art is Resistance, the charity project curated by Collater.al, with a new artist, a new artwork and a live performance on Instagram.
After the illustrators Ale Giorgini, Osvaldo Casanova, Fernando Cobelo, Gianluca Folì, Johnny Cobalto, Francesco Poroli, the artist who will perform live and put his work up for auction is Mauro Gatti.

In the last few weeks many artists have taken turns on our and your screens, all belonging to a different world, but all with the same goal: to help the Lombardy region to cope with the health emergency caused by Covid-19.

While you’re waiting for the live broadcast with Mauro Gatti, who will connect from Los Angeles where he lives and works, take a tour of all the active auctions, including that of the designer Erasmo Ciufo who closed last week’s Art is Resistance.

MAURO GATTI – on Collater.al‘s Instagram profile and on his profile from 4:00 pm on 13.04.2020

Originally from Italy, I Live in LA where everyone surfs except me.
I have 15+ years award-winning creative career (including a 2017 Emmy Award for Best Interactive) and I love ideas, innovation, pizza and dogs.
I love to make people happy with my art across all kinds of projects, from illustration to creative direction, children’s books and game design.
In 2018 I created The Happy Broadcast, a counter hate and fear culture project where I feature positive news from around the world.
A visual antidote to the doom and gloom we see and hear in the media.

On Monday 13th, Mauro Gatti will be live on our Instagram profile and on his staff and will work on an ad-hoc illustration that, as soon as finished, will be auctioned on 32actions where he will stay for a month.

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Art is Resistance – Marco Mazzoni

Art is Resistance – Marco Mazzoni

Giulia Pacciardi · 3 months ago · Art

After yesterday’s live show with illustrator Mauro Gatti, the second artist to take part in Art is Resistance is Marco Mazzoni.

Like all the artists involved in the charity project that we have been curating for three weeks now, Marco has decided to make available to the Lombardy region one of his artworks created ad hoc for this occasion.
At the end of the month, in fact, all proceeds from the auctions you are participating in will be donated to the region to help doctors and nurses to work safely despite the health emergency that sees them on the front line.

Tomorrow at 15:00 we will upload Marco’s artwork on 32auctions but also the making-of of the work on our Instagram profile.
While you’re waiting, take a tour HERE and participate in the auctions already underway by the end of April!

MARCO MAZZONI – on Collater.al’s Instagram profile and on his profile from 15:00 on 14.04.2020

Marco Mazzoni was born in 1982 in Tortona but lives and works in Bergamo.
In 2007 he graduated in painting at the Brera Academy of Art (Milan). 
Working exclusively with coloured pencils, he often represents the flora, fauna and feminine mysticism of Sardinia in the 16th-18th centuries.
His illustrations have appeared in books, newspapers and magazines such as The New Yorker, Juxtapoz Magazine, Hi Fructose Magazine, Les Arts Dessinés, Arte Mondadori.

For Albin Michel he published the illustrated book “Poucette” (“Pulgarcita” in Spain for Edelvives, “Mignolina” in Italy for Rizzoli). He is preparing an illustrated book in collaboration with Sebastien Perez for the Soleil publishing house in 2020.
He collaborates with Jonathan LeVine Projects (New Jersey) and Thinkspace Projects (Los Angeles) for America, Gallery Benoni (Copenhagen), Galleria Patricia Armocida (Milan), Galleria Giovanni Bonelli (Milan) for Europe. 
He participated in the 54th. International Art Exhibition, Venice Biennale, Italian Pavilion, curated by Vittorio Sgarbi, Lombardy Regional Pavilion, Palazzo Te, Mantua, “Turn The Page: the first ten years of hi-fructose” at Virginia Museum Of Contemporary Art (Moca) (US), POW! WOW! Hawai’i at the Honolulu Museum of Art School (US), LA NATURA SQUISITA: BEYOND THE BOUNDARIES OF POP at the Fondazione Stelline (Milan), The New Vanguard – at The Lancaster Museum of Art and History (MOAH) and in IMAGO at the Much Museum in Munich (Germany).
His personal exhibitions include “Dear Collapse” Thinkspace Project (Los Angeles), “Monism” Galleri Benoni (Copenhagen), “Il Ricordo è Un Consolatore Molesto” Galleria Patricia Armocida (Milan), “Home” Galleria Giovanni Bonelli (Milan), “Animanera” Jonathan LeVine Gallery (NY).

On Tuesday 14th April you will find on Collater.al’s channel the video of the making-of of the unpublished work that will be auctioned on 32actions where it will remain until the end of April.

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The colorful and dynamic illustrations by Petra Eriksson

The colorful and dynamic illustrations by Petra Eriksson

Giulia Guido · 3 months ago · Art

Colorful, dynamic and daring. These are the illustrations of Petra Eriksson, a young illustrator of Swedish origin who now lives and works in Barcelona. This is not the first time we talk about the work of this young artist, about two years ago we focused on the beautiful portraits that led her to edit the illustrations for the book Bygone Badass Broads: 52 Forgotten Women. Today we come back to talk about her because in these years Petra Eriksson’s portfolio has continued to grow, starting to give space to other subjects as well. 

Thus, the production of portraits is interspersed with two other subjects that have become more and more present, landscapes and food

Always characterized by safe and bold use of color and full backgrounds, Petra Eriksson’s work fascinates her 80,000 followers every day on Instagram, but that’s not all. In fact, Petra Eriksson’s style has led her to collaborate with clients such as The New Yorker, The Guardian, and The Sunday Telegraph

Below you can find a selection of her work and find out more go on Petra Eriksson’s website and Instagram profile

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“It can’t rain all the time,” Pejac’s window

“It can’t rain all the time,” Pejac’s window

Emanuele D'Angelo · 3 months ago · Art

We are going through a difficult, hard time, we have said it many times, but hopefully, as soon as we get out of it.
The creativity of artists, however, has not remained in quarantine, quite the contrary. Pejac, street artist that over the years we have come to know, continues to amaze us even from his studio in the center of Madrid with his latest work entitled “It can’t rain all the time“, a quote from the famous movie “The Raven“, perfect for the period we are all going through.

The world-famous Barcelona-born artist replicates great classical masterpieces in a modern key, but not only that, his minimalist art varies from miniature drawings to striking site-specific interventions.
Pejac skillfully embellishes public spaces, but with his works, he wants to provide careful reflections on current themes, such as social and environmental issues. 

This time, however, he had to adapt to the decrees in force, not being able to beautify public spaces, he transformed his window into an artwork inspired by the famous “Golconda” by Magritte.
The acrylic figures, painted directly on the windows of his studio, seem to rain from the sky for an optical effect, protected by vintage gas masks and well-spaced one from the other as required by current regulations.

Once again, Pejac surprises us, in a simple way, inviting us to unleash our imagination beyond all limits, even if our view from the home is always the same.
You try it too!

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