Did you know that Milan has a special day for setting up Christmas decorations? While the rest of the world does it somewhere in late November or early December, northern Italians have the feast of Saint Ambrose, when they pull out Santa, garlands and other winter toys from their dusty boxes. Each year on December 7, Milan’s main Christmas tree switches on along with other thousands of cozy city Christmas lights and tiny home nativity scenes (presepe) that every Italian family gets ready for the Eve.
Each time it is very hard to say what was the best exhibition of Milan Design Week. However, there are always some single exhibitions that make our hearts beat faster and make us think that a three-zeroes cost of a single piece of design is a reasonable price.
Looking back at the MDW-2017 it is, no doubt, Local Design’s show in 5VIE design district located in the historical center of Milan that left one of the brightest memories of the week.
Here’s something we’ve never seen before: a structure made entirely of pants! Starchitects Diller Scofidio+ Renfro just unveiled a sprawling pavilion made from 300 pairs of blue jeans in Milan. The installation is called Linking Minds, and it re-interprets the idea of using ready-made modules (in this case pants) in architecture. The surreal jean canopy soars over the historic Palazzo Litta in Milan. While the individual pairs of pants represent the human scale of urban life, the meshed twisted structure points to a sense of community and the collective nature of architecture.
Have you ever thought about a perfect place to live in? Contemporary Italian architects constantly search for the answer trying to imagine a domestic environment that would fully meet modern lifestyles and one’s individual expectation. Sometimes, these ideas look rather like an abstract world of dazzling perspectives. Sometimes, they are visionary geometries and sometimes, pragmatic living solutions considering present-day difficulties of cohabitation typical of dense urban contexts. Or, in other cases again, spaces based on acoustic, tactile and other non-visional perceptions and ever-changing conditions. In few words, each of these tiny rooms is a surprising universe reflecting the past decades of an intense research on interior architecture that goes far beyond conventional practices.
How often did you hear that we are not supposed to touch anything in a museum? Do not do this, do not do that, just keep away, observe and do it in silence. Well, this is something you won’t hear visiting “City After the City” exhibition at La Triennale di Milano held at the former Expo Milan 2015 area. Encouraged to touch, sit, lay, try, feel intriguing pieces of design, visitors can fully experience the great selection of architectural furniture that mirrors changing lifestyle of big cities, and that goes beyond established limits and stereotypes regarding how a house is supposed to be.
Did you miss the 2015 Expo and decide non to wait in line for hours to visit the Italian Pavilion? No worries! Palazzo Italia is open again and completely free for everybody. Don’t miss your chance to see the number one venue of the Universal Exhibition held in Milan in 2015 now.
Milan is the capital of design. The most innovative and in-vogue designers come here to launch their most recent works. Milan, however, is also the capital of architecture and classic taste. So what happens when the two meet one another?
It is always great when designers have good sense of humor and positive vibes. Usually their pieces are full of surprises, fun and bold solutions easy to understand and therefore to employ. Alamaki! exhibition (which literally means “Oh my god!”), now on show at La Triennale di Milano, features such funky and out-of-expectation objects made by the 12 top designers from Asia.
Night at the museum? Why not? If you are really ready for such a unique experience of passing an entire night at a museum all by yourself, do it in Milan. The Pirelli Hangar Bicocca Foundation, famous for its contemporary art and design events, offers a very particular experience of spending the whole night in an exhibition hall packed with lighting installations by Carsten Höller.
Do you know the colors of the Italian flag and their meaning? Many maintain that Italian “fern green”, “bright white” and “flame scarlet” take their origins back in the Napoleon age and the French blue-white-red tricolor. And yet, why would the French blue be ever replaced by the Italian green?
Jo Nagasaka from Japan had an ingenious idea to create twin cups while repairing old, broken pottery using an ancient Japanese art. His Twintsugi project, showcased at the “Alamaki! Design in Asia” exhibition at the 2016 Milan Furniture Fair, takes its roots from the Japanese culture as a contemporary interpretation of Kintsugi, the Japanese art of repairing broken ceramics. The pieces are whimsical, beautiful and inspiring.
Stunning 12 meters high Christmas tree decorated with thousands of lights and fineries, and crowned with a precious silver star-shaped tip magically appeared about a week ago in the heart Milan.
Who is the world’s foremost polymath and artist without any precedent in recorded history? And which among his artworks is the most intriguing one? We all know it is Leonardo Da Vinci. And many of us have heard of his mysterious “The Last Supper” painted in 1498. What is interesting, however, Leonardo’s “Cenacolo” (the original title), representing the last meal shared by Jesus with his disciples before his capture and death, is perhaps the most reproduced work of art ever. It counts immeasurable number of copies made in every medium on every continent. And yet, where to find the original one? In Milan. But be careful, this masterpiece shrouded in mystery is not easy to see...
Recently Hangar Bicocca in Milan has displayed extraordinary works of Madrid born artist Juan Munoz (1953-2001). Hundreds of anonymous human figures filled the dark and suggestive industrial space of the museum. The 15 most important installations signed by the Spanish sculptor brought evocative etudes on anxiety and loneliness issues, interaction games, physiological tricks and optical illusions, and involving spectators into these works of art.
As the Milan Expo continues, we find ourselves delving deeper into each pavilion's design. The big surprise this year is Uruguay's striking entry. Participating for the first time in a Universal Exposition with its own national pavilion, which was designed by Javier Díaz Charquero, an architect for the National Meat Institute, and realized with a support of the two local Italian architectural firms Campana Costruzioni and MSC Associati, the Pavilion features an eye-catching rustic solar shading system made of rough wooden logs.
Up to now August has been the hottest months at the Milanese Expo. Great weather is back to the city and, with it, tons of travelers came to visit the global event. In fact, as the Italian media report, this month a record number of visitors checked in at the World Exposition. And, according to their forecast, during the resting two months the attendance statistics won’t go down.
Expo in Milan is, no doubt, a great opportunity to check world’s most unusual architectures and quirky design ideas. In this sense, one of the best Universal Exposition’s buildings of this year is the Malaysia Pavilion. At least according to the Italian social networks. No surprise though! Its eye-catching iconic silhouette draws visitors attention, magnetizes their cams collecting this way a stellar quantity of related posts on virtual networks.
The United Kingdom’s Pavilion is always a laudable experience at any Expo. And Expo Milano 2015 is not an exception.The UK’s extremely evocative beehive-looking metallic structure has already became one of the most appreciated pavilions of the Universal Exposition in Milan. Created by the contemporary Nottingham-based artist Wolfgang Buttress, this pavilion offers a unique experiential journey taken from the perspective of a honeybee.
This year each of us has a unique opportunity to visit the whole world visiting one single city. Yes, Expo 2015 in Milan is a chance to enjoy not only authentic Italian experience but also to discover the best and the most innovative achievements of the rest of the Planet.
One of the most popular (between 15 and 20 thousands visitors per-day) and appreciated (at least according to the analysis conducted by VOICES from the Blogs) pavilions of Expo 2015 is the so-called Pavilion Zero powered by the United Nations.
No heels! And better no mini-skirts! Be sporty and casual. Only this way you can best enjoy one of the Milan Expo’s top experiences: the Brazilian Pavilion.
Conceived as light and open structure that supports nothing else but a huge trampoline net, the Brazilian Pavilion welcomes everybody into its unique playground. Such a chance in fact to become a joyful and carefree child and to forget (at least for a moment) to be a grown-up.
Going to Expo 2015 in Milan? Don’t forget to drop into Palazzo Italia. Its sustainable exterior and unique interior experience combined with its location near the much-talked-about Tree of Life has made Palazzo Italia an especially popular landmark at this year's expo. Designed by Nemesi Studio, the pavilion is hard not to notice thanks to a striking sculptural front that is also a smog-eating machine.
On the occasion of the Expo 2015, La Triennale di Milano has opened a new exhibition entitled “Arts and Foods”. The show curated by Germano Celant in collaboration with the famous Italian architect Italo Rota presents numerous installations, classic designs and contemporary art objects that compares food rituals of the past epochs and the present times. In total more than 7000 sq.m fully packed with hundreds of single items collected from all over the world.
The exposition embraces 164 years of recent history: from 1851 up to 2015. The chosen historical lap is not casual at all. The show, in fact, aims to illustrate the evolution of food habits starting from the first ever organized Universal Exhibition, that took place in London in 1851. And no doubts, as the show strikes, the attitude has changed!
Balzi Rossi (Liguria)
Bussana Vecchia (Liguria)