Sunday, April 23, 2017

Milano #MDW2107– Galleria Manzoni - Multiplex – Tom Dixon – Ikea


Milano #MDW – Galleria Manzoni - Multiplex – Tom Dixon – Ikea

What happens if you Mix Tom Dixon and 75 design students and Ikea?

Tom Dixon’s ambitious Multiplex was located in the Galleria Manzoni, a classic shopping arcade with a multitude of boutiques, some were re-created for the event by Tom to highlight and host his products, some curated or collaborated with his friends. Whilst, against the backdrop of 50’s Italian glamour, Tom told stories and showed his products under the title of Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow, in the enormous 840-seat cinema theater;  the venue for a combination of culture, entertainment and commerce events - the very essence of Milan Design Week.

Cut Lights
In the year of Euroluce, Tom Dixon celebrated luminosity with a series of pendants, another leap forward in his deep investigation of futuristic optics. The new collections included: Cut a faceted light with a space-age mirror finish when off and an endless repeated reflection when switched on.

Teatro Manzoni lounge
The Teatro Manzoni lounge was furnished with Tom’s Wingback chairs and Delaktig sofas designed for Ikea.

On Stage – Press Conference
Tom introduces the Delaktig Bed/Sofa, in collaboration with Ikea, a living platform designed as an open source aluminum frame. Everyone is able to create, add-ons and modifications from pillows and covers to lamps and side tables to make the Bed/Sofa more personal. Throughout the week, Ikea ran a Film Festival in the cinema; exclusive movies about creativity and radical design were shown.

Swedish designer Marcus Engman  - head of design for Ikea  


Delaktig Bed/Sofa
Throughout the design process, Tom and Ikea had also been working with 75 students from the Royal College of Art in London and Parsons School of Design in New York and Tokyo to invent new ways to modify the bed. 

The Galleria Manzoni
Each shop in the Galleria Manzoni, was a showcase for Tom Dixon’s products as well as five more shops operated by; leading home sound system Sonos, Iota (a social project striving to design beautiful handmade objects for the interior while creating jobs for otherwise unemployed people worldwide), furniture maker Mabeo, luxury surface brand Compac (in collaboration with acclaimed artist and designer Arik Levy) and Ikea.


Tom Dixon

The Veterans Bird Chaise – Top Mega Pendant System 

Tom Dixon

The Veterans S Chairs
Born in Tom’s 80s London workshop the S Chair is the prequel to its sibling still produced in Italy by legendary furniture company Cappellini, it is re-engineered to take account of the latest developments in manufacturing technology.


Tom Dixon – Office
In the Office, the Workspace collections including Slab desks, Boom lights and Y Chairs.

The Hack Bar
 Arabeschi di Latte’s food designer and architect Francesca Sarti, created in the lounge of the Teatro Manzoni, The Hack Bar: a cafe together with Bibendum Food Experience, which served cinema and bar classics with a twist.

The Corn Kiosk
A hack of the classic popcorn kiosk, turning popcorn into real dishes. Piles of corn are ready to be spiced up with fresh and dried condiments, from bacon to sage, from dried tomatoes to charcoal. 

A Rubber Shop - Tomoto

Curated by tire giant Pirelli and Italian motorcycle manufacturer Moto Guzzi showcasing for the first time a Tom Dixon x Moto Guzzi - Tomoto bike and limited-edition tires designed by Tom Dixon.
Wallpaper’s Tony Chambers


The Rubber Shop
Handmade natural chewing gum performances created by Arabeschi di Latte with London based Mexican designer Fernando Laposse.
Compac – Kryptonite Installation  - Arik Levy

The Perfumery Shop - la Rinascente

Mabeo - Table by Ines Bressand

The Teatro Manzoni Terrace

Tom Dixon - Screw Stool


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Monday, April 17, 2017

Venice - Le Stanze del Vetro - Ettore Sottsass: The Glass Exhibition

“I’ve tried to get away from the everyday object and sought to make Glass works with a capital G. Of course, that’s a dangerous approach, because I don’t want to be an artist, or a sculptor, but in the end the objects I produce look like glass sculptures, and yet they aren’t: they’re a mix that’s hard to fathom.”
Ettore Sottsass

Venice - Le Stanze del Vetro
Ettore Sottsass: The Glass
Just arriving on the Isola di San Giorgio and the Fondazione Giorgio Cini is a magical experience, especially on a beautiful day crossing the Bacino di San Marco and then walking by the yachts moored on the fondamenta and arriving at the Stanze del Vetro to see the wonderful exhibition Ettore Sottsass: The Glass, until July 30, curated by Luca Massimo Barbero, is just heavenly. The exhibition, on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the birth of Italian architect, celebrates his glass and crystal production with more than 200 works on display.

“Sottsass’s glass pieces are complex organisms, designed as if they were characters’. The artist-architect breaks through the technical boundaries of the objects using materials such as glass, plastic and polycarbonates and brings them to life. They are beings made of many elements that create a lively yet imaginary world.”
Luca Massimo Barbero – curator

David Landau and Luca Massimo Barbero


Le Stanze del Vetro
Ettore Sottsass: The Glass
The brilliant architect and designer Ettore Sottsass “made glass” from 1947 until the end of his career. This volume documents the entire period of his glass oeuvre, from the series he designed in the 1970s for Vistosi to the Memphis collections of the 1980s, the symbolic forms of the 1990s, the stunning constructions for the Millennium House in Qatar, and the famous Kachinas.

Marie-Rose Kahane

Marino Barovier, Roberta Camerino and Pasquale Gagliardi


Ettore Sottsass: The Glass
Barbara Radice

Alberto Bianchi Albrici and Aldo Cibic 

Martine Bedin

Santi Caleca and Aurora Di Girolamo

Riccardo Quarti, Grazia Montesi and Jean Blanchaert


Elisabetta Zevi and Franco Raggi

  Ettore Sottsass: The Glass

Laura de Santillana and Matz Soren

Emanuela Bassetti and Rosa Barovier Mentasti

Daria Caccia Dominioni

Luisa Loro Piane, Luca Massimo Barbero, Elisabeth Swig, Robert Stilin and Sebastian Sanchez

Massimo Micheluzzi and Ketty Alvera

Ettore Sottsass: The Glass
Drawings for the glass pieces for Sheikh Saud-al-Thani

Donata Grimani, Beatrice Rosenberg, Alessandra Zoppi, Pierre Rosenberg and Alessandro Zoppi 

 Paris and Germano Celant


Alma Zevi and David Hrankovic

Luca Bombassei

Ettore Sottsass: The Glass
Kachina Notebook

Massimo Giacon 

Rodolfo Dordoni and Alessandro Palwer

Giorgio Vigna, Sabrina Damassa, Paola Marini and Roberto Gasperotto

Jos and Joe Tilson


Ettore Sottsass: The Glass


Pier Luigi Pizzi


  Chiara Beria di Argentina, Gisella Simeone, Patrizia Sandretto Re Rebaudengo

Giberto Arrivabene Valenti Gonzaga, Luca Massimo Barbero, Elisabeth Swig and Giangaleazzo Visconti di Modrone


Piergiorgio Coin and Caterina Tognon

Ettore Sottsass: The Glass

Fabio Zonta and Jean Blanchaert

Tristano di Robilant

Cristina Beltrami, Giordana Naccari and Angelo Gandolfi

Ettore Sottsass: The Glass

Nori Vaccari Starck

Alessandra and Andrea di Robilant

Roberto De Feo

France Thierard and Tristian d’Avezac

Franca Coin

Francesca Marzotto Caotorta and Jane da Mosto

Isola di San Giorgio – Monumental Complex
Fondazione Giorgio Cini
Palladian courtyard of the ex Benedictine Monastery
Lunch was served al fresco in one of the two Palladian courtyards

Nina Baier-Bischofberger, Valentina Nasi Marini Clarelli, Toto Bergamo Rossi, Marie-Rose Kahane

Marco Arosio and Fulvio Ferrari

Charles Zana, Barbara Radice and Giulia Cervo

Lorcan O’Neill, Domitilla Getty and Luca Cipelletti

Daniela Ferretti, Adele Re Rebaudengo, Paola Marini and Alma Chiarelli




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