A curated design selection is presented at the Teatro Sociale Como and a new section, entirely dedicated to architecture, at the Palazzo del Broletto. This annual event consolidates its original format - free from the constraints of divisions by stands, the event seems much more like an exhibition, where all that is on show is for sale - and adds a new content to the second edition introducing architecture. This year the focus is on colour.
120 design objects selected by Margherita Ratti punctuate the Ridotto's room of the Teatro Sociale di Como creating a polychrome and playful environment. From industrial design to unique artifacts, the new projects made specifically for the event, projects already known, contaminations and examples of emerging production are visible at the public. Among the exhibitors: independent designers (Draga & Aurel, Colucci & Colucci, Gupica, Max Lipsey, D’STUD’IO, Roger Coll, Markus Friedich Staab, Miguel Leiro, Emma Cogné, Mathieu Peyroulet Ghillini, Gianluca Landoni, Barbera-Madelli, Maria Tyakina), established designers whose works have been made for manufacturers (Piero Lissoni / Living Divani, Philippe Nigro / Manerba, Sottsass Associati / Segis, Andrea Anastasio / Et al, Maddalena Casadei / Fucina, Emanuele Magini / Campeggi) and design editors (Pretziada, JCP, Bloc Studios, Marimar with Giorgio Bonaguro, Eligo Studio).
Created ad hoc: the light solar-powered sculpture by Pietro Russo, Twins a pair of terracotta small tables by Millim Studio, Circle-Game by Michele Seppia for NERO design gallery, the bookcase with coloured uprights by studiointervallo, the limited edition chairs by Alban le Henry for Colos, the double vase by Alain Berteau for Atelier Jespers, the new Diatomée vases by Garnier & Linker and Spazio Nobile and the works of Fict Studio, Charles Antoine Chappuis and Elisa Uberti. There will also be contemporary objects produced by the galleries including a mirror from Studio Briand&Berthereau for éditions du coté and the one from Studio Minale-Maeda for ToolsGalerie, the resin carpets of Matteo Pellegrini for Camp Design Gallery, the objects / sculptures by Duccio Maria Gambi for Numeroventi, the oggetti possibili of Zaven for Galleria Luisa delle Piane and the works of the artists Mia E Goransson and Kaja Upelj for Officine Saffi. Two installations will surprise the visitors: Insieme ordinato di aste, a 13-meter multifunctional object by the Como-based architect Marco Balzarotti, and the polychrome fabric designed by textile artist and designer Karol Pichler, made from recycled materials.
The new section entirely dedicated to architecture, exhibited in the great hall of the Palazzo del Broletto, is the novelty of the second edition which will bring together drawings, models, photograps, design, and artistic works from architects and contemporary photographers. A unique architecture event curated by Andreas Kofler, that welcomes the most recent experiments and artifacts, some of which have been made specifically for the occasion and gathered in a Wunderkammer dedicated to colour. Among the exhibited projects: 1:1 scale prototypes, fragments, replicas of architecture as in the case of Labro Davis, Studio Lunik, SAM Architects, and objects that go beyond the habitual scales of architecture in order to simulate the widest visions of architects as in the works of Studio O, David Apheceix and numerous architects (Rudi Ricciotti, Beniamino Servino, Fala Atelier, Michele De Lucchi...) brought together in the Migrant Garden project, sculptural objects (Berger&Berger, Abinal&Ropars, Fabio Don, Antoine Espinasseau, Marc Leschelier) which highlight the elastic boundaries of architectural practice and the imagination of the architect, as well as objects of design specifically created for a project (Inessa Hansch) or made for architectural biennales — in this case the one of Versailles — revisited by l’AUC in a limited edition. To these are added the visionary carpets for the floor and the wall of Bureau Spectacular for Urban Fabric Rugs or those in which we can even wrap ourselves conceived by the duo Celia-Hannes.
Accompanying the objects presented here, are the drawings by Ettore Sottsass, Riccardo Dalisi, Stefano Boeri, the collages by PiM.studio and the photographs by Marco Cappelletti, Massimo Siragusa (Gallery Contrasto), Mathieu Peyroulet Ghilini, Naho Kobuta, Alessandro Tonellotto and Margherita Errante (Heillandi Gallery), and Nicolas Delaroche (Mobilab Gallery).