2016 salone del mobile is set to host three major collateral events (before design: classic, space&interiors and stanze) dedicated to concepts of classic furnishings, architectural finishes and living — the first proposing an interesting dialogue in the context of the numerous contemporary products that debut annually. the ‘classic’ examines the notion of established value, timelessness and memorability and how it relates to creativity, art, design and cinema and how the old can influence the future.
before design: classic is an exhibition event, accompanied by a short film directed by matteo garrone (also the director of the well-known ‘gomorra’), brought together under the artistic leadership of studio ciarmoli queda. it tells the story of the ‘classic’ understood as a cross-cutting category of living that traverses various eras, while preserving its own constant actuality. the film is seen in a purpose-built theatre inspired by the teatro all’antica, a 16th century theatre built in sabbioneta, northern italy. the theatre merges classic language and modern styles to sum up the function of the classic furniture presented in this context.
the exhibition itself is a multi-disciplinary display within a dedicated 800 square meters space inspired by a classic palladian villa. curated by studio ciarmoli queda, a milan-based artistic duo operating in the fields of architecture, art and design. visitors are led through a series of rooms, discovering the different characters and themes of classic furniture, a music space, a light room, to one dedicated to the art of shadows. italian visual artists such as lisa rampilli and marco basta, who will respectively work with velvet and ceramics, created decorative elements inspired by the classic styles on display throughout the exhibition.
the city event linked directly to the salone del mobile.milano will be space&interiors, organized by tmade expo at the mall porta nuova – brera design district: a display of surfaces, flooring, doors and interior finishings curated migliore+servetto architects.
within the ambit of the xxi triennale international exhibition, the salone del mobile hosts stanze. altre filosofie dell’abitare – rooms. novel living concepts — an exhibition curated by beppe finessi, at the palazzo dell’arte in milan from april 2nd to september 12th, 2016.
over the last 50 years, there has been little reflection on the profession of interior architecture. there’s now an accurate perception that the creative discipline has remained a severely undervalued sphere of design over the years, even though it is a prime field of exploration, study and reflection regarding our understanding of how our environment impacts our everyday lives. ‘rooms. novel living concepts’ is geared at underlining a particular remit of interior architecture and providing a vision of home living projected towards the future. the exhibition invites 11 interior architects and designers — alessandro mendini, andrea anastasio, carlo ratti, duilio forte, elisabetta terragni, fabio novembre, francesco librizzi, lazzarini e pickering, manolo de giorgi, marta laudani and marco romanelli, and umberto riva — to envision domestic spaces that illustrate their own philosophies and concepts of living.