L’OPIFICIO + RUGINE = AMODO

Exclusive designs, unusual tactile sensations, precious yarns created with passion and unique style combining attention to trends and high quality: this is the l’Opificio world offering in collaboration with RUGINEat Maison & Objet 2014 an innovative fabric interpretation.
With the project AMODO the fabric becomes a three-dimensional object and a real architectural element. An original wall cladding result of a100% Made in Italy partnership.

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ZUU ON STAGE

A fascinating animalier texture, precious finishes and a strong personality design evoking the atmosphere of other times: Levelarmchair by Vibieffe is perfectly upholstered by l’Opificio fabrics. On the occasion of the Salone del Mobile 2014, the historic company, renowned for his upholstered furniture, choses ZUU collection to make his seats even more refined.

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ART AND FABRIC: PHILLYDA BARLOW

Exploring the density of spaces, creating exuberant shapes and establishing new definitions of sculpting: this is the strength of Phillyda Barlow’s works, displayed until November 2nd at the center of contemporary art Hauser & Wirth in Bruton, Somerset (UK).

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The exhibition shows an intense selection of monumental dimensions works built with poor materials such as cardboard, plywood, fabric, canvas and cement realized through large-scale experiments, collage, layers of colours that create abstract and fragile shapes. Monumental sculptures which explore the relationship between material and space that surrounds it.

Wandering in the English exhibition space seems really fun, to welcome the viewer enormous brightly colored suspended pompoms of fabric and then enormous multicolored installations that seem to come from an imaginative wonderland.
Barlow’s art describes the reality like only a visionary artist can do.

“La casa Morbida”

“La casa Morbida. Tra Arte e Design”: until May 5th at the Poldi Pezzoli Museum in Milan

The coolest Design Week in Europe is arriving in Milan and the city is already full of life, museums and galleries offer a calendar of events obviously design oriented. Among the exhibitions you can’t miss – as well as the quality of the curatorial choices (headed by Beppe Finessi ) for the charm of the place in which it is housed – the one in the spectacular rooms of the Poldi Pezzoli Museum.

Takes place here the exhibition “La casa morbida”, a great opportunity to appreciate the link between the ancient textile tradition and its contemporary identity and application. On display important products of industrial design, modern and contemporary design masterpieces by Vico Magistretti, Alessandro Mendini, Bruno Munari, Gaetano Pesce and Ettore Sottsass, and also by new designers on the international scene like Ronan and Erwan Bourollec Scholten & Baijings, Matali Crasset, Martí Guixé and Luca Nichetto.


La Casa Morbida. Tra Arte e Design.

from March 26 to May 5, 2014

Museo Poldi Pezzoli, Milan

Dries Van Noten: Inspirations

The work of the belgian fashion designer, Dries Van Noten, is featured at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris.

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This is the very first exhibition devoted to the artist’s work where Dries Van Noten takes us on an intimate journey into his artistic universe, he reveals the singularity of his creative process which he illustrates with his various and numerous sources of inspiration. An exhibition that embraces all his interior world and reveals the uniqueness of his creative process through the eclecticism of its universe of signs, shapes and colors settled in his mind, his cultural and aesthetic references.
The exhibition, open until the end of August, is the opportunity to see, perfectly mixed with the creations of Van Noten, masterpieces by important artists such as Bronzino, Kees Van Dongen, Yves Klein, Victor Vasarely, Francis Bacon, Elizabeth Peyton and Damien Hirst.

Dries Van Noten – Inspirations
March 1st – August 31st 2014
Muséé des Art décoratifs – Paris

ART AND FABRIC: PAE WHITE

The installations of Pea White, Californian artist known in Italy for its spectacular installation at the Venice Biennial in 2009, are never what they seem.

They give a misleading perception of the space in which they are conceived, like intricate games that give a strange but pleasant disorientation.

Pae’s works are rich in autobiographical references and bring together knowledge and skills from different cultures: references that give depth to artworks in which is pleasant to get lost.

His works are often intricate labyrinths of of wires, colored networks in contrast with the architectural space in which they are inserted and at the same time enhance its characteristics by building a fascinating dialogue with it. Like a spider weaving its net, Pae White captures with his plots fragments or small objects that remain suspended in the air waiting to be moved by the smallest movement of air.

Paris celebrates the art of textiles: Decorum exhibition at MAM

The Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris is highlighting the art of textiles with the exhibition Decorum. This exhibition will feature over a hundred rugs and tapestries created by modern (Francis Bacon, Pablo Picasso) as well as contemporary artists (Dewar & Gicquel, Vidya Gastaldon).

Decorum is a chance to discover the often unknown ventures into weaving by both major artists of the twentieth century, as well as lesser known artists (such as Guidette Carbonell). The exhibition also includes anonymous works from different time periods and regions in order to underscore meaningful similarities and differences. And includes some important Italian artists like Stefano Arienti, Alighiero Boetti, Piero Gilardi, Maria Lai, Aldo Mondino and Carol Rama.

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February 2014 at the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris.

Art and fabric: Mike Kelley

Who is not keen on contemporary art probably does not know the work of Mike Kelley, who saw even only one of his many installations – maybe in an exhibition with many other works – is certainly fascinated by this. Born in Detroit in ’54, Kelley imposes itself on the international art scene since the early Eighties, when he start to produce a body of deeply innovative work mining popular culture and both modernist and alternative traditions. In his highly diversified work, he ranges across various media, wandering into different fields of expression in both art and music, and never accepting any distinction between high and traditional art. He uses apparently commonplace objects and artifacts (pieces of fabrics, stuffed animals or carpets) subverting their meaning and emphasing their power of communication: a very strong and intense work.
His works are now in the world’s most prestigious public and private collections, including those of MoMA and the Whitney and Guggenheim in New York, the Pinault Collection in Paris and Venice, the Reina Sofía in Madrid, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Detroit, MCA Chicago and the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris.


Piero Fornasetti, 100 years of practical madness

On the occasion of the centenary of Piero Fornasetti’s birth, the Triennale Design Museum presents a first grand and unprecedented exhibition of the artist’s work, from the beginning to his death in 1988.

Triennale Design Museum chose to pay tribute to Fornasetti, defined by Pablo Neruda “the magician of the accurate and valuable magic”, to underscore the artist’s role and propose a new and more correct reading of his work.

Painter, engraver and printer, designer, collector, stylist, refined craftsman, art gallery manager and exhibition promoter, Fornasetti has been an extremely rich and complex personality. Out of the conventional cultural schemes of the last century, with his poetry (sometimes surrealistic) and his boundless imagination has made thousands of precious objects, fabrics and prints.

The exhibition includes more than 1000 pieces, mostly from the extraordinary Fornasetti archive, curated by Barnaba Fornasetti: in Milan a look at his refined taste and its unique universe of signs.

Until 9th of February 2014 at the Triennale Design Museum, Milan.