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Open House Torino 2017

Turin first Open House edition: a great success

The first edition of Turin Open House has just been concluded, and it has been a real success! The format, developed from an idea of Victoria Thorton, was presented for the first time in London over 25 years ago. It allows visiting architectonic beauties that normally would not be open to the public free of charge.

After Rome and Milan, Turin has chosen to participate to this initiative, which involves more than 30 cities in the world, achieving a far larger success then expected.
Thousands of people, regardless of the heat of these days of June, have visited liberty houses and historic buildings, gardens and reconverted industrial constructions.
Here the hard facts: 111 open houses of which 40% private, 37000 visits, all this made it possible thanks to 300 volunteers.

The wide cultural offer proposed by Turin has enabled the creation of thematic circuit alike “Looking at Turin from above” or “discovering green areas”: parks and gardens which have been developed in old industrial areas.
Very interesting the surprising and unusual sustainable architecture of Verde25: a kind of vertical forest where 63 families live in a building with more than 200 different kinds of trees and plants.

Among the most interesting circuits, the one dedicated to the religious places for example the synagogue and the San Pelagia church, the latter being connected to the Augustinian secluded nunnery, the antique residences or the reconverted industrial areas.
Maybe this latter circuit has been one of the most appreciated: in fact there are few towns that have reacted to the great economical crisis of the last decade as Turin did, reconverting its industrial areas.
Few examples like the ex-Tobler, originally the famous Toblerone industry and today a residential apartment building or the Lanificio di Torino, that after more than 70 years of activity, nowadays it has been restructured hosting about 120 artisan activities. Very interesting Casa Ozanam: an old smeltery has been transformed in a residential area for students and workers, a co-working area and, the plane roof, has been reconverted in a common vegetable garden OrtoAlto, officially opened in May.

The first Turin Open House has been such a success that the date of the next edition has been already fixed: 9-10th June 2018. All goals have been achieved: thousands of people were able to visit places normally closed to visitors, better understanding the transformation undergone by the Savoy town, which, maintaining the elegance and Italian style that mark since ever Turin, as been able to propose and promote a new vision, interpreting at best the spirit of a changing time.

Find out more Open House Torino e Open House Worldwide

Photo credits (25 Verde) Michele D'Ottavio, (Casa Hollywood) Luca Ballarini.

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Mariko Kusumoto: the preciousness of textile art

Mariko Kusumoto, an eclectic Japanese living in Massachusetts, has started her artistic life working with metal. She used to create complex, thus minute sceneries, using the heat to shape copper and bronze to her fantasy. Then she decided to experiment for her art something completely different, almost opposite.

Where strength was required to shape the metal masterpieces giving neat and unmistakable results, textile represents an innovative, light almost evanescent alternative: a new challenge.

Based on the antique Kanzashi tradition where the Japanese women use to arrange wonderful hairstyles, Kasumoto started to elaborate silk and acrylic yarns, transforming them in brilliant jewels, transparent cases of small wonders, kaleidoscopic landscapes of jellyfishes and sea anemones; true sculptures to be wearing and to make a dress precious.

Accessories and piece of arts, which seem to arise from the deepness of the oceans. Masterpieces in front of which arises a sense of childish wonder, as if the artist would have given shape to our most intimate dreams taken us into a world of levity were everything is possible.

We are fascinated by Mariko Kusumoto art, as it is pure emotion. It is the spreading wings of the creative process, even more magnified by the lightness of the material used. Silk, yarns and above all polyester that, robust thus delicate, it is perfect for the modelling process.

Fascinated by the beauty of nature and the Japanese culture, the artist affirms that she is inspired by anything that attracts her. Through her elaboration process, she donates a new evanescent life, being a seascape or a contemporary horror film.

Mariko Kusumoto works are placed in important public and private collections; her works have won many important awards such as the Niche Awards, The Grant, Massachusetts Cultural Council and the Juror’s Awards, Craft Forms 2015.

They are actually on exposition at the Mobilia Gallery – Cambridge.

A LODGE IN THE STELVIO PARK: HIGH-FLYING TEXTILE

LUCKY ISOLATION IN THE ALPS

The lodge is located along the bank of the Cancano dyke, an artificial pond near Bormio - North Italy, built in the first half of 20th century in order to generate electricity for the whole region of Lombardy. That valley, the Fraele Towers Valley, where there are ruins of the two World Wars, is an enchanted area, which is –unbelievably- still not provided with electricity and land line.
The complete absence of light pollution and this warmly welcome “isolation” make it magical, especially at dusk, part of the day in which it feels like being immersed in an ambience of yesteryear.

The establishment of the lodge goes back to 1970’s, owners’ second generation recently refurbished it completely, using ancient wood and refined furniture sought with passion over the years throughout the Alps.
Whereas the armchairs in the living room are original and date back to 1970’s. The objects in the lodge, result of research and careful selection, come mostly from the family-owned shop specialized in mountain home décor.
Textile complements have been entrusted to the solid experience of the Turin based company owned by family friends, well appreciated in the world of high end decoration.
The lodge is a place built and decorated with love: love for the place, for its origin and its family history; a cozy shelter, realized with passion and dedication, considered by everyone a place of the heart and soul.

ART AND FABRIC: PAOLA ANZICHE’

TEXTILE ARCHITECTURE, WOOL, SOIL, JUTE AND OTHER STORIES

Paola Anziché Paola Anziché has always been experimenting and expressing through weaving and knitting. A creation focusing on materials, with the pleasure of lingering on a shape and make it appear.

The architectural breath of their works strongly arises in her using weaving to create closed, cosy and intimate spaces, paying homage to the theory stating that the origin of architecture coincides with the beginning of weaving. Almost to demonstrate that weaving is a technique born to create spaces rather than to dress bodies.

This is how Paola describes her work:

“I simply use a matter –fibre- and I work it, so as to test it. I cultivate the doubt: I don’t know how it will end up. I hardly ever decide in advance the final result.”
“I have always been thinking that unplanned circumstances have a great role and that, generally, chance ‘open’ and help developing the work. The fact of not exactly know what I will create and which the final result will be, helps in creating new potentialities, because the artwork itself is offered to whom admire it (or touch it and move it), open to any possibilities of being developed even by others. In the “braids” case – works made with cloth – shapes arise alone, without me wanting expressively to create handbaskets. These shapes are rather the result of the impossibility of braid and twist together these materials. This limit produced the final shape.”
Materials excite me. My approach starts from there, when I find materials I like, the first thing I do is try to work them and see how materials react and what result comes to life. I like saying that ‘seeing with hands’ is the expression which best describes my work.

Here the full interview to the artist

PAOLA ANZICHE’ lives and works in Turin and Milan. In April, during the MIlan XXII Triennale International Exhibition, her works will be shown at the exhibition “21st Century. Design After design”. In 2017 she will show at Turner Contemporary curated by Karen Wright, Margate, United Kingdom.

Photo courtesy of Paola Anziché

“A LIVING SPACE” BY KIT KEMP

A VOYAGE THROUGH KIT KEMP'S INTERIOR DESIGN

In A Living Space, internationally acclaimed interior designer Kit Kemp takes you on a vibrant, inspiring personal voyage through the many spaces she has designed. Here she shares the tools of her trade – her passion for materials such as fabric and embroidery, wood and stone; the innovative way she dares to mix colour and pattern with old and new furniture, textiles and objects; the joy in the wit and humour of contemporary art, dogs and unexpected details; and most importantly, her ethos that design is not something to fear; but instead something to be embraced and enjoyed.

In this book, Kit Kemp brings together a visual feast of images to show that when it comes to design, there are no rules. It is about trusting your instincts, being prepared to take some risks and being clever with affordable and accessible pieces rather than always needing to blow the budget, and above all having fun.

ENJOY YOUR VELVET!

Dress your sofa and make your curtains with the l’Opificio velvet: they will become more beautiful over the time.

Live them day after day, breathing, the fine natural fibres will get a special only yours nuance.
Thanks to their long duration they will be your inseparable and indispensable life partner.
You can serenely live with your family the l’Opificio velvet: it is healthy and completely formaldehyde free.

Try the real velvet experience and its unique sound.

Art and fabric: Sara Enrico

Sara Enrico, born in Biella in 1979, sounds out the meaning and the potential of painting through the analysis of its founding tools: canvas and colour. Her research revolves around painting and the potential of its related materials – oil color, canvas, frame and fabrics. The artist chooses these elements for their physical qualities, exploring their possibilities and producing a wide range of forms, for which she uses both traditional media and digital processes.

Enrico’s works supply the occasion for consideration of the relationships between art and craftsmanship and between art and textile, which are particularly solid aspects in Piedmontese tradition. Furthermore, her canvases allow us to rethink the value of painting today and its possible interpretations through new technologies. Fabrics, with its strong material presence, have a main role in her research. It’s very interesting her work untitled (Jacquard) where a canvas has been laid on the scanner to obtain a digital image then translated to a fabric generated through an industrious process using a Jacquard loom.

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“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

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.