Kultur och resor
As the head of Moroso, Patrizia Moroso directs one of Italy's most avant-garde furniture manufacturers, making her a rarity in the macho-dominated design world. With her bubbling personality, she engages the famous and the unknown designer alike to create products that deliver something well beyond the expected. Design critic Leo Gullbring recently met with Moroso in her Milan office, where she extolled the virtues of forging friendships, delved into the development of her company and spoke of women's role in and influence on architecture and design.
Do we really control all these the virtual worlds in which we immerse ourselves in daily? What if they are inhabited by creatures unknown to us were in charge of those realms? Would we be that make us scared, enchanted, or a happy ticklish mix of both? Fear them or love them or not, these entities have been brought to life by the Danish ceramic artist Louise Hindsgavl. have brought them out in real life. Look, See for yourself: There's a uniformed dog having intercourse with a unicorn, and a devil jerking off and a giraffe with a bodybuilder's torso.
My childhood dream was to be a an artist . But later on I also got fascinated by the functionality and the restrictions you find in design. The best inspiration is often hidden within the assignment , you just need to work intensively to start the contagious process.
No wonder the giant posters on the streets of Milan portraits Gaetano Pesce wearing a gas mask. When the Triennale gets crowded by a abounding attendance at his first major exhibition in Italy, it's all about provoking. All kind of mellifluous shapes crafted out of plastic polyurethane, resin, silicon and rubber seethe the halls. Some moulded as giant manifestos, others soft and tactile. At the eve of the inauguration the spaces of the Triennale are boiling with a public confronted by asymmetric eye-glasses, giant lamps made out of shreds, drawings of his summerhouse out of rubber in Brazil, not to forget the velvety inviting 'Mamma Mia' of the UP5-serie (this time with the chained ball originally included as an ironic comment on women's role in society). Daring colours adorns all these objects crying for attention hanged from the ceiling, on the walls, cluttering the floor. The overcrowding is too much, and that's of course the intended effect. The curators at the Triennale of Milan take in turn to adapt the some 300 objects from 40 years of incessant works in the nine rooms to their own whims and wishes. Some will be covered, others are high-lighted. And that's all in the spirit of Pesce. You've got to choose, you mustn't accept everything.
What's the ultimate sensation for
the Minimalists at Koivisto - Rune - Claesson? Maybe Ann
Veronica Janssens has found it in her installation at
Rooseum, one of the two Art Museums of Malmö. You
descend the stairs and encounters a soft immaterial wall. It
fails to register with your senses, and no wonder, it's a
misty smoke. Carelessly you almost walk straight into the
white wall behind. On the other side of the glass doors is
the source, smoke fuming out on the floor, along the walls,
climbing up the stairs, the walls. This whiteness is an
almost sublime sensation, where the materiality is done away
with, where touch, hearing, sight gets all confused, where
the sensational reigns supreme.
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The place is to be
found on outskirts of Milan, somewhere along the line of an
old forlorn tramway. 'Fabio?' says the shopkeeper, 'he's
right here, on the backside, please, you can pass between
the shelves, take that door over there'. And there's a
flight of redpainted steps attached to the outer wall of an
old small-sized factory. The setting is a large studio.
Light grey concrete floor. Sunshine pouring in through large
windows. Along one side a king-size bed hiding reluctantly
behind some dividers, while a couple of drawing-desks
alignes themselves discretly along the window-sill.
Freak-out furniture, some moulded things, incense, sofas are
spread out evenly in the large open space. And the man is
Fabio Novembre, some fresh blood from southern Italy, to
enliven and upset the laid-back impostors of design. And I
do wonder, what does it take to make a good designer?
Stockholm Furniture 2002
Strangely enough the Nordic trend is still hot. The flair for modernist cool, minimalist purity, and a honest natural approach is still tempting. And as the trend prevails Stockholm has even managed to outdo Copenhagen, Oslo, Helsinki and now presides unofficially as the Nordic fair par excellence.
Senior housing in Sweden
In the last decade Sweden has experienced a surge in so called senior housing, apartments adopted for certain age spans, but without the harsh segregational pattern of the past. This new dwelling form might be seen as a revival of the ideals proposed in functionalist community housing of the 30s, but the utopia of today is more contended, a plain nostalgia for the old village of preindustrial times.
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