Design connection: the unexpected collaborations in Design Week 2022

Call them design connection, these unexpected collaborations between different worlds and talents, seemingly incompatible, seemingly distant. Which, on the other hand, precisely because of these very different natures gives life to unexpected, surprising fruits, which shift perspectives and expand the limits of creativity.

Call them design connections back then, as they did Campari sodavand And Alessi to sign the partnership they debuted with at this Design Week. On the one hand the iconic red Campari soda bottle, on the other Giulio Iacchetti, designer who interprets the shape invented by Depero, has designed two objects for Alessi that celebrate Milan’s ritual par excellence: aperitif. The mirror Cirifletto, made in the reflective steel typical of the brand, expands the space and almost increases the company, in a fascinating game of reflections and references. Lamps Without darknessinstead, it reproduces the atmosphere of the sunset when the sun becomes a luminous sphere with reddish reflections, and it is nice to relax without haste with friends.

The mirror Cirifletto and the lamp Without darkness by Giulio Iachetti for Alessi / Campari Soda. Courtesy Alessi

The bucket hat by Borsalinothe oldest Italian brand specializing in the production of hats is made, for this design week and only in 400 pieces, in fabric Dedar (Be Bop to Lula and Tiger Silk of the collection Contemporary archives). Two Made in Italy excellence unite to celebrate savoir-faire and crafts, but also for the fight against cancer: The proceeds from the sale will be donated to the AIRC Foundation to fund a scholarship for cancer research.

The Borsalino bucket made with Dedar fabrics. Courtesy Dedar

The House Perrier-Jouët brings its collaboration with the Austrian design studio to Milan mischer’traxler (Katharina Mischer and Thomas Traxler). At the heart of this initiative is the importance that nature has for both the house and the designers: Curiosity cloud is a work composed of blown glass bulbs, each containing the replica of an insect. As the fascinated spectator is drawn towards them, other insects begin to move, fluttering in the glass bulbs, thus creating a subtle soundscape. The work is a reflection on the relationship between man and nature and on the impact of human activity and the importance of biodiversity, a theme at the center of designers’ design research and Maison Perrier-Jouët’s commitment to its terroir. .

The Curiosity Cloud is born out of the collaboration between Perrier-Jouët and the Austrian design studio mischer’traxler. Courtesy Perrier-Jouët

Handwritten stories: the unusual cooperation between the Milanese showroom of Aspes in Corso Venezia 14 e Patricia Urquiola is based on a poetic invention: Gianluigi Ricuperati has created a meditative space with a selection of Post it notes from the contemporary art curator’s collection Hans Ulrich Obrist handwritten by some of the most important contemporary creatives including Etel Adnan, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Philippe Parreno, Virgil Abloh, Koo Joeng-A, Precious Okomon, Douglas Coupland. The exhibition is a work of Patricia Urquiola who decorated it with original glass tables Glass Italy and blankets of cc-tapisdeliberately not combined with seats: guests are actually invited to stop and rest from the madness of the Salon, sitting directly on the carpets.

Port-it handwritten by the most important creatives in the world. Photo by Sebastiano Pellion

Sebastiano Pellion from Persano

The multifaceted creative talent of Arthur Arbesser and Abet Laminati, that is, how to interpret the spatial language of signs to change the space. Thus was born Whimsy collection, with which Arbesser applies his interest in print and color to laminate: six colorful and exuberant, lively and happy print decorations in different color variations. It is no coincidence that Abet laminates are the protagonists of the exhibition Memphis again at the Triennial (until June 12) with over two hundred pieces of furniture and objects made between 1981 and 1986.

One of Arthur Arbesser’s prints for Abet Laminati. Courtesy Abet Laminati

The first collaboration between Bisazza and the duo of French architects Karl Fournier and Olivier Marty, alias STUDIO KO: decorations inspired by Italian classicism (from Pompeii to San Marco, from Portaluppi to Gio Ponti) and made with the company’s marble. Module 1, module 2 and module 3are three decorations reminiscent of algorithms and geometries: Module 1 takes the form of a sequential repetition of three rectangles, Module 2the triangles are arranged to form a kind of texture, in Module 3 the circle enters into dialogue with the veins of the marble (Nero Marquinia, Bardiglio Nuvolato, Arabescato Bianco, Calacatta Oro and Giallo Verona). Also bright in the matte finish, signed by STUDIO KO.

Module 3 originates from the collaboration between Bisazza and STUDIO KO. Photo by Monica Spezia

On the one hand, a multifaceted artist who Faye Toogoodat the other pottery company Bitossi : from their collaboration comes a collection of enamored table sculptures in limited editions, which mix the artist’s tradition, craftsmanship and unconventional style. limited edition series of table sculptures, exclusively presented at Salone del Mobile 2022. The five anthropomorphic portraits are called Covered and are inspired by Toogoods Family Bust sculptures that complement each other. The use of the possibilities of ceramics is expanded: In the sculptures, the opaque shades of earth and plaster alternate with the brightness of aluminum and gold. But Bitossi does not stop and also suggests another collaboration for this show: the one with Dimorestudio, Balancerwhich combines different materials such as brass and ceramics.

The collaboration between Philippe Starck And Baccarat, born 20 years ago, is celebrated by the installation at Mediateca Santa Teresa, where one can discover the architect’s new creations in a mysterious and surreal environment. Everything is played on the surprise of the event, this time, between optical illusions and phantasmagoric reflections, while the chandeliers float in space and anonymous hands evoke a secret presence. So on a huge wooden table there is work Talleyrand by Starck they make their bright appearance.

Two beauty companies are taking their seats at the table together in this Design Week: the collection Signum in fact, Swarovski was born from the collaboration with Rosenthal. Inspired by the Austrian movement of the 19th century with its modern approach to arts and crafts, this retro-futuristic collection (tea set, coffee set and full tableware) has, thanks to Rosenthal’s know-how, dreamy and greedy candy colors. In addition to the octagon, the brand’s distinctive colors (blue, green, yellow and pink) are also present in designs surrounded by hand-painted golden hints. The lids are decorated with crystal and engraved with the Swarovski swan.

The collection Signum by Swarovski for Rosenthal

A unique collaboration, in many ways it between Cassina And Ginori 1735: because it is signed for the first time by Formafantasmabecause it is handmade by the painters of the manufacture, because every porcelain object in the collection Post Scriptum, it is unique in all aspects. Based on the large archive of Ginori Manufacture, Formafantasma has selected f and newly interpreted archetypal forms in a contemporary sense, and decorated them “with graffiti” on bisque porcelain obtained by direct firing at 1400 ° C. The graffiti is drawn on the surface with a black pigment and then fixed at 1230 ° C. The designs are made exclusively by hand with ceramic chalk, which is usually used to trace the outline of the decorations on the porcelain. In this case, the master painter uses it as the final expression of the object. The collection Post Scriptum it includes a series of vases in different shapes, two container boxes and a candlestick with six different decorations: a large or small lattice, a mixed or vertical line, a checkered design or a black touch. Each piece, numbered by the master himself who decorated it, bears the Cassina and Ginori 1735 logos.

The collection Post Scriptum by Cassina Ginori 1735 signed by formafantasma. Photo by Paola Pansini

A few months after the visionary’s death Virgil Abloh, Cassinawhich the artist has been collaborating with for some time, suggests Modular imagination, a playful object that elaborates on the design implications inherent in modularity. It can be a pouf, a bench, a table or an architectural composition created by stacking several pieces thanks to a connecting module whose orange cylindrical foot allows it to be locked together on the underlying unit. Modular imagination Virgil Abloh thus enters the Cassina catalog and emphasizes the value of the project and the collaboration between the creative genius and the company.

Cassina, Virgil Abloh, Modular imagination. Photo Valentina Sommariva

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