Winners of VIII Lissone Design Award Announced – MI-LORENTEGGIO.COM

Last updated May 6, 2022 – at. 14.03

( Lissone, May 6, 2022 – On Saturday, April 30, the VIII Lissone Design Award ceremony took place at the MAC Museum of Contemporary Art in Lissone, a biennial event designed to support and promote the potential of the creative design field.
With this year’s edition, the municipal administration intended to keep alive the close connection with the cultural and productive history of the city of Lissone – since the 1960s and 1970s the “First Italian Furniture Center” – with the aim of improving the designers who operates on the products and residences.
Curated by Francesca Guerisoli, artistic director of the museum, and Anty Pansera, historian and critic of design, the eighth edition of the Lissone Design Award therefore involved ten design studios and designers from all over Italy, who were asked to represent themselves through two proposals: the the first is considered essential for its own design path, the second refers to a “furniture that is not there” prototype for the apartment – or described through drawings, reproductions, photographs or videos – which for research purposes responds to the particular topicality we experience , and to the profound transformations of domestic habitats in recent years.
The jury, consisting of Michele Cuomo, Raimonda Riccini and Marco Sammicheli, analyzed the products and projects presented to the competition and assessed their overall quality from a point of view of both cultural and productive value, and selected the two winning works.
The “Historical Product” section was awarded the Ara Lamp by Ilaria Marelli (2003), created by the Nemo company, with the following motivation:
Ilaria Marelli’s lamp interprets construction and lighting technologies with great formal elegance, and manages to condense cultural references to constructivist elaborations while reflecting on the sustainability of the technologies used, as well as on the perceptive and interactive nature of the objects in an object with significant compositional stringency.
For “Il mobile che non c’e”, the jury awarded the Colombano screen by Carlo Trevisani
with the following motivation:
The Colombano furniture is reminiscent of the modern theme of the changeability of space, of the flexibility of the places where you work and spend your free time, enhanced by recent pandemic events. It does so through the imagination of an object that defines an illusory space through the rhythm of a bright and enveloping structure, skillfully using the versatility of the material and thus offering the cue for a renewal of the production sector.
In addition, the jury awarded two special mentions for the Hara seat by Giorgio Gurioli (2002), created by the Kundalini Italia Company and for “The Furniture That Is Not There” Annalou and the Green Fairy, integrated beauty box and console, by Patrizia Di Costanzo and Paolo Pallucco with the following motives:
The Hara seat shows a great ability to model a coherent surface and reinterpret, without limiting it, the function of the seat. In addition, the reference to the formal studies of the international design scene in the 50s and 60s is underlined, which adds manufacturing quality in the use of plastic material.
Annalou and the Green Fairy deserves special mention for its compositional and structural properties that reinvent geometries that are capable of reconfiguring the interior of a primary volumetric shape and conquering surprising three-dimensional spaces, also through a clever use of materials.
The two winners – Ilaria Marelli and Caro Trevisani – each received a prize of 4,000 euros. Their two products and projects will be acquired by MAC, thus expanding the museum’s collection.
On the occasion of the award ceremony, the exhibition was inaugurated, which until July 24, 2022 at MAC presents the twenty products and design ideas selected for the competition by Studio Bartoli Design, Matteo Di Ciommo, Patrizia Di Costanzo and Paolo Pallucco, Massimo Farinatti, rubber design, Giorgio Gurioli, Ilaria Marelli, Elena Salmistraro, Marta Sansoni, Carlo Trevisani
Francesca Guerisoli, MAC’s artistic director, declares: I’m glad to have been able to involve Anty Pansera in this project. We started by asking ourselves what design collection the Lissone Museum could have to emphasize the identity of the territory and differentiate itself from the others in Lombardy. We have been thinking about how we can confirm the special history of this city, a happy history, by transporting it into the present to look ahead. That is why we have given a section of the award “The furniture that is not there”, which presents prototypes, projects and design ideas. The second section, “Historical Product”, instead aims to reinforce objects that have already been made, even in recent years, which represent the professional careers of the various designers and studios involved. We asked them to represent their creative path through an object and also state the reasons for that choice. The resulting exhibition is varied and lively.
Anty Pansera, historian and critic of design, concluded: I am very happy to return to this area and to MAC, a very beautiful and very accessible museum. I was trying to think about what it meant to return to Lissone, to return to thinking of an award that involves professionals dealing with furniture and decor accessories. I decided, by agreement with Francesca Guerisoli, to involve a diverse group of people. It is designers who make design choices and use very different methods. However, everyone conveys a very accurate picture by using clear and accessible languages.

VIII Lissone Design Prize Exhibition VIII Lissone Design Prize
April 30 – July 24, 2022
curated by Francesca Guerisoli and Anty Pansera

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Saturday and Sunday: 10-12 / 15-19 Admission to the MAC in Lissone is free.

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