DESIGN GALLERY @ Pecci Museum
Design Gallery Milano shows in the spaces of the Pecci Museum in Milan iconic pieces produced during many years of activity and dealings with Italian design.
The ICONS exhibition presents work by Andrea Branzi, Michele De Lucchi, Alessandro Mendini, Ettore Sottsass.
This multiplicity of expressions, signs and images by different designers provides the ideal chronology of a long story. In a never completed puzzle, these images, styles and materials continue to generate new compositions and developments of contemporary themes, such as craftsmanship, likewise by now technological and mechanised, as a solution, or independent alternative, to the (banality of) maximum systems applied to merchandise; or the production of limited and numbered series, based on the pursuit of differences and above all, on the expressive freedom for overcoming the homogeneous industrial specific.
Or again, the exciting and intimate, unique piece that approaches – and may sometimes venture across – the imaginary and entirely arbitrary border, considered by some however to be inviolable, of the art.
For a new perspective within the international design panorama, Design Gallery Milano presents “Material Medley” by the London-based group El Ultimo Grito. Their collection is composed of large, coloured resin tables, small chairs also in resin, and coffee tables from the “Landscape Surfaces” family in enamelled glazed metal and anodized, engraved aluminium.
The signs and colours created by Rosario Hurtado and Roberto Feo of El Ultimo Grito look to Pop culture and are translated into forms that are in no way constrained, subjugated or limited by serial and technological production. The decorations of their tables are clearly defined, primitive and almost tribal, incorporated in materials in no way dependent on machinery. Manually and gradually, their processing leads to organic forms, defining the object’s aesthetic time as well as its precise structural capacity.
Besides coloured resin, the materials used for these tables are ordinary ones in everyday use: packaging cardboard, plastics and adhesive tapes, with the latter used in a structurally decorative way. The chairs, derived from box cardboard, are distinct monolithic volumes, manually shaped by their designers according to personally expressive ergonomic rules. The collection is completed by a series of coffee tables named “Landscape Surfaces”, with tops in aluminium and bent and twisted steel, asymmetrically divided and to be united again in order to form a variety of surfaces: engraved aluminium, steel and polychrome enamels, carbon fibre…..
The “Material Medley” collection is produced by Design Gallery Milano, in an edition of 12 numbered and signed pieces + 1 artist’s proof.
OPERE by Alberto Garruti, a small collection of furniture for Design Gallery Milano, are not exactly furniture, but art-works like a a means of analysing Society.
The results of Alberto Garutti’s free work can be interpreted in two ways: as furniture, and as works that suggest (people’s) gestures and behaviour. So the “Tavolo con Colore Nascosto” ( Table with hidden color ) in solid mahogany and steel may happen to conceal mental landscape, and chromatic horizons to be looked at and touched. Instead, the pair of cabinets titled “Che Cosa Succede Nelle Stanze Quando Gli Uomini Se Ne Vanno? ”(What Happens In Rooms When People Go Out ?) which, when together, complete one another, require absence if they are to reveal themselves and to assume a second aspect with their luminescent reflections.
Conversely, the ceramic lamp “Dedicato Agli Abitanti Delle Case “ (Dedicated To The Inhabitants Of Houses) needs the presence of people, and their movements in space, to make it interact with precision and infallibly to respond by illumination. The corner-piece, “Senza Titolo” (Untitled) , in multilayer poplar and natural maple plywood plus brushed steel, with its 10,547 holes on the front, likewise creates a slight and expressive diaphragm. It asks to be looked at, touched and crossed in order to observe the world from inside.
There is the distinct sensation that Alberto Garutti’s works introduce the theme of beauty as a method of overcoming the cultural impasse of our contemporaneity.
Design Gallery Milano @
Spazioborgogno – Museo Pecci Milano
Ripa di Porta Ticinese 113, Milano
10am – 8pm