WORKSHOPS AT ABITARE IL TEMPO 2004
These are particular settings "designed" by architects and designers of world renown, realised in cooperation with exhibiting companies which supply furniture and objects needed to create such special shows.
IN THE XXI CENTURY
Carlo Amadori, Vanni Pasca e Luca Scacchetti
DE PADOVA - MAGISTRETTI
by Maddalena De Padova
A SIMPLE LIFE
by Aldo Cibic
by Matali Crasset
I E MOTION
by Setsu e Shinobu Ito
by Javier Mariscal
THE FLUID HOUSE
by Massimo Josa Ghini
For the 2004 edition of Abitare il Tempo, Maddalena De Padova wishes to pay homage to the work of the architect Vico Magistretti, one of the most illustrious protagonists of the cultural and production phenomenon known as Italian Design.
Vico Magistretti has created a significant number of design objects which have been produced by De Padova, and with this exhibition, De Padova will try to illustrate the range and depth of this work.
The exhibition brings together furnishing pieces designed in over thirty years work by the architect, and tells of that special rapport of friendship with the company based on a joint vision and a long and close collaboration.
Maddalena De Padova’s project captures the simplicity and underlines Vico Magistretti’s constant theoretical reflection on design, transmitting the essence and feeling of the objects he creates.
“We talk while we work, people come and go, we discuss,” comments Vico Magistretti. This is his personal style of working, talking with the technicians, and the producers in order to compare and exchange ideas about how a piece should be realised: “Design also means talking to each other. My work is made up of words. It is a dialogue between the various areas of expertise. I will talk with those who produce, with the workers, with the upholsterer, who know all the technical secrets.
This is the secret of Italian Design, a close collaboration between production and the project”.
A new way of conceiving everyday objects, renewed in form and usage, is born. That intense exchange of ideas and experience has generated a new type of design approach, based on volume production.
The designs exhibited have become best sellers worldwide.
The è DePadova brand started to produce and distribute an unusual and stimulating collection in 1985. From the original headquarters on Corso Venezia in Milan, the De Padova company continues its expansion while remaining faithful to its original philosophy: design as a means of communicating a feeling.
This De Padova style spans, without loss of continuity, domestic spaces, offices and public spaces with the idea of recapturing the atmosphere and warmth of home.
With the collaboration of Holz & Ko, Essenza and Damiani - Balken
The idea is to rethink how we spend the time when we are not working, consisting of a simple life, possibly closer to nature and its rhythms.
We might enjoy living in a tent looking out onto a kitchen garden, meadow or trees.
Living is expensive, and perhaps we can get away from certain ways of thinking, and recognise that it could be satisfying and an achievement to grow and consume the fruits of our own labours.
What is interesting is to work on the idea of many micro economies and find oneself sharing this kind of project with other, like-minded people.
Too often, we live an isolated existence, locked in our own problems: it is interesting to understand which projects contribute to the birth of new relationships and examples of communal living.
The project consists of a green island with a tent, a kitchen garden and a meadow.
A space to channel our energies, to recharge our batteries.
A completely innervated space.
Flows surround and englobe us as if forming a cocoon with luminous extensions.
A bath of light to rediscover our optimism.
A restorative space which frees us from our tensions, which immerse us in an atmosphere coloured to show us the good side of life.
I E motion is the Japanese house, ie proposing, in a neo- futuristic mode, a place where the values of contemporary living are affirmed, a constantly evolving and oblique design hypothesis, where different cultures, western and Japanese, communicate, interact and permeate across our emotions.
In this domestic setting, shapes are not as rigid and plain as one would normally expect according to the Zen stereotype, but contribute to giving wider and more complex meaning to the project. Based on Zen but incorporating important aspects which are less well known to western culture, the space loses its immobility and comes alive, becoming alternately full and then empty, expressing movement, change and rhythm, the distinctive elements of our everyday lives.
From this fulcrum we untie the links between furniture and objects from the deliberately directional and asymmetrical spaces, which change appearance, and create constantly changing scenes for the observer.
Its subject is a setting and an experience which express a sense of expectation, anticipation, of curiosity and pleasure, of spending time at home with one’s family or with guests. Architecture, decorative accessories, gestures, words, actors props, all contribute, in an important way, to creating and exchanging sensations, expressions of courtesy, respect, and the consideration we show to ourselves and others.
The suggestions are not just linked to “aesthetic pleasure” but also to “ the pleasure of interaction” lived through both private and collective domestic rhythms, and to “tactile pleasure” derived from our intimate interaction with objects, meant as an interface, creating a way of reawakening emotions and sensations. The world of this imagined house, helps us to relate more intimately with our being and its life rhythms.
Laberinto màgico is a space under the sea.
Its morphology recalls the sea bed, there are hills and dunes, a gentle almost dreamlike design.
A space as dreamy and surrealistic as the bottom of the sea, and as a baby’s perception of reality.
Between these hills a fluid course is drawn, a path which gradually permits the discovery of this geography and the strange “animals” which populate it.
The hills sometimes form gorges where treasures or… terrible monsters, are hidden.
The light only strikes certain parts, as would sunlight, filtered through water.
The collection of objects Magis MeToo comes to life and creates columns like marine algae, they insinuate themselves between the dunes like shells, floating and suspended in air like fish…
Laberinto màgico is a space which presents itself on a circular surface (inscribed in the square available for the stand, 14m x 14m). The hills are a structure in wood and will be covered in a plastic material (such as PVC for example) which conceals with colour the designs which create the submarine movements of the water’s currents. There will not be a single entrance but the internal route approaching the edge will allow different possibilities of access. From above a “sun”, a large inflated ball containing a light, descends. From above hang tulle drapes which reach the ground, and hide the marine algae… The diverse items from the Magis MeToo collection are used to compose forms which recall coral reefs, shoals of fish, crabs and all the strange animals from the sea bed.
A house conceived for our contemporary way of life: fast but calm, harmonised by open spaces which are easy to perceive and live in. The fluid space evokes the dynamism of water in an incessant Heraclitean flow where the life of the shapes moulds and transforms itself in an endless process of becoming, without resolution of continuity.
Faceted, smooth and vital this place reminds us of the living concept of an organism, rather than a rationalistic machine.
The electronic image which runs through the house as an interaction towards the outside, is also fluid and without substance.
The realisation of the project will involve companies of the finest quality in the furnishing world: from Snaidero for kitchens to Margaritelli/Listone Giordano for flooring and wood panelled walls, Hatria for bathrooms, Innovatech for household appliances and Zumbotel for lighting made dynamic by the creation of entire back- lit walls (light field) and the featuring of a system of spot lights on bars (Solar 2) which will be utilised in most of the settings.