Ventura Centrale hosts 16 presentations at the abandoned warehouses alongside Milan’s Central Station (centrale fs) during Milan Design Week 2019. This is the third edition of Ventura Centrale and there is lot’s to see and do this year. Visitor’s can try on wooden clogs, write their opinion down or get their bodies mapped: from artisinal to high-tech design and everything in-between; it’s all there!
Presentations, a list.
The 16 vaults under the Ventura Centrale train station will this year be host to: Maarten Baas (The Netherlands), Aria (Italy), Noroo Group (Korea), AGC (Japan), Lavazza and Gufram (Italy), Rapt Studio (US), Sky-Frame (Switzerland), Lensvelt & Modular Lighting Instruments (The Netherlands, Belgium), Weltevree (The Netherlands), FREITAG (Switzerland), TAKT PROJECT (Japan), Yamaha Corporation Design Laboratory (Japan), Cosentino (Spain), Humanscale (US), DNP (Japan), dpot modern and contemporary Brazilian furniture (Brazil). Open from 10:00 – 20:00
Tip from Mimi Berlin
If you have little time to spare we, at Mimi Berlin, recommend you go see the Japanese DNP printed lighting installation first, and work your way back to the pop-up restaurant ‘Bar Baas’ at Dinky’s (by Maarten Baas and Lensvelt design) for lunch or dinner.
It’s that time of the year again: from April 7 through April 14 it is Milan Designweek time. Mimi Berlin Blogger Team decided to make and share our to-do-lists with you this year, for free! Our first list covers the so-called 5Vie Distictin the historic heart of Milan.
Masterly; the Dutch pavilion dedicated to design and artisan craftsmanship made in the Netherlands situated at Palazzo Francesco Turati. (Via Meravigli 7) More Dutch Design: Connect is a site-specific (Via Cesare Correnti) installation by designer-duo Kiki van Eijk & Joost van Bleiswijk (with participation of Niels Hoebers, Sander Wassink and Michela Castagnaro) ‘The Litta Variations / Opus 5’ exhibition at Palazzo Litta (Corso Magenta 24). showcases several designers (a.o) Pro Helvetia, Mitterteich Porzellan, Japan Creative and Lithea.Local Milan introduces 44 designers from Australia and New Zealand, unfortunately we don’t know where (yet).
Chiesa di San Bernardino alle Monache (Via Lanzone 13) The exhibition L’Ultima Cera by Anton Alvares is commissioned by curator Nicolas Bellavance-Lecompte for Fonderia Artistica Battaglia as part of their new residency program for designers and architects to explore the lost wax technique for bronze. Alvares designed and built a huge machine which he named the Extruder. Sounds fierce, Mimi Blogger Team is curious! Camp Design Gallery (via Giovanni Segantini 71. Metro Porta Genova & Romolo)has the work of Adam Nathaniel Furman on exhibit. A colorful furniture-collection made in collaboration with the historical laminates company Abet Laminati. Mimi Berlin loves both plastic and traditional craftsmanship so we’ll make a stop at this gallery. The basement of SIAM (via Santa Marta 18) hosts the exhibition ‘Human Code’ by Roberto Sironi. Sironi is interested in rituals and uses anthropological references in his designs, sounds promising. We’ll probably visit that exhibition as well.
The Fattobene Pop-Up Shop (Corso Garibaldi, 46. Metro: Lanza / Moscova. Tram: 2 / 4 / 14 Arena) Fattobene (well made in Italian) is an online shop, a platform and an archive dedicated to rediscovering everyday and iconic italian objects, food (packaging) etc. Lesley Luxury Vintage; clothing store located at the via San Nicolao 3a. We will also visit the Ottica San Maurilio (via San Maurilio 14) ’cause we need new glasses/spectacles.
Seletti-Design Pride(April 10/ 6:00PM /Piazza Castello corner Via Minghetti) “the most democratic party of Milan Design Week”. We, at Mimi Berlin won’t be attending this party though.
(5Vie art+design produces and curates exhibitions furthermore 5Vie “represents workshops, crafts, galleries, shops and showrooms in this area focusing on one-of-a-kind pieces,art design and the crosscontamination among the various arts” -5vie.it)
Next to many round and friendly interior design we also noticed some cubist inspired decor. Not that much, but we feel it could well be the next trend. It almost has to be, because all the ‘Barbapapa’ furniture design you can think of has already been made, for a couple of seasons, by all brands at this point.
Carpet / Moroso
Mural / Lammhults. The bright pastel color-scheme of this interior didn’t suit the other images so we made it in black and white.
Motorcycle / De Castelli
These four are the most evident examples of design, leaning towards Cubist shapes: Carpet from Moroso/ Mural by Siri Carlén for Lammhults / Motorcycle Samotracia Mario Trimarchi for De Castelli / Mirror from ClassiCon.
Giro Giro Tondo Exhibition at the Triennale Museum
We, at Mimi Berlin, came to know about the Giro Giro Tondo “design for children” exhibition, at the Triennale museum, which was part of the Milan Design Week during Salone del Mobile 2017, via the local newspaper Het Parool. We didn’t attend the Design Week this year because we missed our flight. This week we will be posting about venues, designs and other places we feel we really missed out on.“The opening is an Ouverture, devoted to play design with a powerful figurative component and a pop spirit.” For us this image is love at first site! (image from the local newspaper.) This we must see in real life! Must!
“A new history of Italian design, devoted to the world of children and to the design and architecture that has been created for them. It includes the games and images that have amused and informed them, the spaces within which they took their first steps, and the objects they used to discover the world.” triennale.org
Fortunately for us this exhibition runs through February 2018. (Concept and Direction:
Silvana Annicchiarico. Exhibition Design and Art Direction: Stefano Giovannoni with Tian Jin. Graphic Design: Giorgio Camuffo with CamuffoLab.
We, at Mimi Berlin, came to know about Matti Suuronen’s Futuro House via the Salone del Mobile 2017. On Instagram; we didn’t attend the Design Week this year because we missed our flight. So this week we will be posting about venues, designs and other places we feel we really missed out on.
Matti Suuronen’s Futuro House in Milan
Matti Suuronen’s Futuro House
Matti Suuronen’s Futuro House
Image of yellow Futuro house via artsy.net if you are interested in trends spotting go to this site for some trend watching as well.
This flying saucer type of building is something we really wanted to see in real life. A yellow version stood in front of the Louis Vuitton Fondation at the Palazzo Bocconiin in Milan, where the newest designs for the Objets Nomades Collection were on display.
The Futuro House was designed in 1968 by Finnish architect Matti Suuronen. It was commissioned as a portable “holiday house” or ski chalet. Because it would be used in a mountainside setting, the structure needed to be easy to transport to the site, low maintenance and shed snow easily. The final design of the Futuro House met all those criteria. It’s just over 26 feet in diameter and came completely equipped with ctom furnishings that fit the interesting shape of this house. (read more at futurohouse.net)
“Hiring the Futuro. Why think outside the box, when you can think inside a circle? Various forward looking companies and institutions have already taken the opportunity to use the Futuro House as an inspirational and unique meeting or event space. “more info at futurohouse.co.uk
An other website devoted to documenting the history of the Futuro House and the current status and whereabouts of the remaining examples. thefuturohouse.com