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“When Textile Meets Animals”: Stefania Bonatelli photographer exhibition

“When Textile Meets Animals”: at l'Opificio in Turin, the exhibition of Stefania Bonatelli's shoots, which investigate the connection between nature and fabrics design.
In Stefania Bonatelli photographer's shoots, the colour shades of some of the most charming birds in the world's plumage act as a counterpoint to the Turinese company precious fabrics' nuances.

What kind of connection could exist between an armchair sit and a grey heron? Or between a velvet cushion and a snowy owl? “All art is nothing but imitation of nature” quotes Seneca, but he then adds that art is not art if the effect is reached by chance. It's through meditation and wait that human creativity interacts with nature and, by it, builds its beauty vision choosing models and colours which answer to the ideals of the age in which it lives.

This is the creativity idea behind the photo exhibition “When Textile Meets Animals”, presented in Turin the next 27th of October in Via Martiri della Libertà 42, at l'Opificio Show Room, a family-run company, leader in Italy and abroad of high quality fabrics production, 100% Made In Italy: putting in relation the plumage of some of the most iconic and charming birds in the planet with the refinement of the best of the l'Opificio production, in a continuous reference to the beauty that the careful eye is able to catch in nature and the result of the man creativity combined to a “savoir-faire” belief which has always been part of the italian small-medium successful entreprises' DNA.

At work in the elaboration and investigation of this engaging relation, through 15 selected shoots, is the Turinese photographer Stefania Bonatelli, drawing from her 15 years of life in Colombia experience, a land in which nature dominates through the sparkling of intense colours, typical of tropical countries.

From the birds' plumage to the sky from which they come from, from the trees and the sends on which they build their habitat, the textile artist's imagination derived textures, warped silks and brocades on which imprinted lines and shapes, shades and tracks, and sometimes symbols consciously or unconsciously stolen from nature. The fluffy, the soft, the hairy, the polished as well as the rough and the coarse of the fabrics evoque feathers and quills and pelts, skin and cortexes, calyxes and corollas.

The artist captured all these connections, and for this reason the light-blue of a velvet is matched with the shades of sky painted on the plumage of the paradisiacal crane; the vigilant eye and the erect position of the night heron control its head nunaces reproduced on the runners and animalier cushion taken from the jaguar fur. The snowy owl, darkness' sharp observator, is compared to the black and grey tones of its nights and to the whiteness of the “dress”, while the toucans' beaks find their correspondance in the multi-coloured polychrome velvets and in the imitative curves of the stitched cushions. And once again, the crowned crane is well merged with the furnishing objects which drag from its fur, its insolen crest and from the surrounding arboreal nature the unexpected nuances, while from the neck's curviness, the elegant arch of the seats.

Therefore, it's not by chance if “When Textile Meets Animals” will be launched just before the week in which Turin will be the uncontested protagonist of the national and international contemporary art: “In this occasion, my sister Barbara and I decided to step back and let the artist to feel free to work on the pictures and the result has been amazing!” comments Paola Bertoldo, owner of l'Opificio together with her sister Barbara and their brother Federico “The combination of shades and textures between our fabrics and velvets and the plumage immediately captured us, that's why we thought about sharing this moment of surprise and joy, arranging an exhibition. And what better occasion than the Turin 'Artissima' week”.

When Textile Meets Animals will be opened to the public from the 27th of October until the 5th of November from 10 a.m to 6 p.m
Closed on Sunday the 29
th and on Wednesday the 1st of November.
Special opening on Sunday the 5
th of November.

Free entry

Stefania Bonatelli
Born in Turin, she attended and graduated at DAMS academy of the city, where she is currently living and working. After an actor's path, since 2000 she deals with direction and art videos. Due to family issues, she spent her first 15 years in Cali, Colombia, and to these lands she ows her first imprinting. Although she is familiar with the uniform grey of the Po valley's mists, she is more intrigued by the vibrant colours and the scattered vivaciousness of the sunny equatorial deserts, of the snowy summits, of the extreme dryness, of the torrential rains. In these shoots, she seems to instill the unforgettable memory of that country, which overflows with orchids, which hosts butterflies and beetles, jaguars abd armadillos, cranes and toucans, and where even the houses are painted in pink and fuchsia, in light-blue and turquoisie.

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.

Turin won “Building of the year” prize

TURIN IS AGAIN ONE OF THE «BUILDING OF THE YEAR» WINNERS WITH THE INTESA-SANPAOLO SKYSCRAPER

The «world’s most beautiful house», in via Alfieri 6, has been awarded last year

For the second year in a row, Turin won the «Building Of the Year» prize.
Last year the medal for architecture went to the «world’s most beautiful house», in via Alfieri 6, only fifty steps far from San Carlo square.
This year the Golden Palm –in the office building category- went to the Intesa Sanpaolo skyscraper, designed by the star of architecture Renzo Piano. A reward that reinforces Turin new image of smart, tourist and interesting city. Be awarded for two years in a row with a record certified by «Archdaily», no less, -the world’s most visited website on architecture- it’s a great achievement.
In 2015 ex-Valperga Galleani Palace won the «Building of the Year» prize in the category «Refurbishment». The project of the building in via Alfieri was the only Italian finalist, chosen between over 3000 works all around the world, from Chile to Vietnam.
The skyscraper construction took five years, from the project to the inauguration, which has been held in April 2014. Total amount: half billion euros.
A biodynamic greenhouse with timber trees and plants typical of Mediterranean scrub, a super-panoramic restaurant on the top and a kindergarten on the ground floor. These are the distinctive features of a place where «is nice working in», which, after all, was Renzo Piano’s mission.

The building have been raised along environmental sustainability principles, so as to decrease power consumption, and with hypoallergenic materials. East and West facades have been clad in a double skin system, whose moving blades guarantee ventilation in summer and thermal insulation in winter.
The southern facade is completely covered with a 1600 square metres photovoltaic installation. On that very side, a «winter garden» with climbing plants let outside light filter in. Air-conditioning system uses the energy of heat exchange with ground water, without harmful emissions in the atmosphere.

Valperga Galleani Palace: the «world’s most beautiful house» is in Turin

The Number 6, the refurbishment of the historic Valperga Galleani Palace in Turin’s via Alfieri, won the Building of the Year prize, certified by ArchDaily website. The Number 6, a Baroque palace not far from San Carlo square, has been inaugurated in the beginning of 2013 after its transformation into a contemporary and innovative condominium by Piero Boffa Building Group. Thirty-six hi-tec apartments in a Baroque context, with terraces, a modern Spa, a gym and, in the central courtyard, a light artwork by the artist Richi Ferrero.
The Building of the Year prize given by the American portal ArchDaily – 7 millions visits per month, 2 millions Facebook fans, 335000 Twitter followers – have been examining over 3000 projects all around the world, from Chile to Vietnam, from China, Australia and Europe. 2015 ArchDaily Building Award have been examining over 18000 architects, including well-known ones as Renzo Piano, Jean Nouvel, Álvaro Siza and Kengo Kuma.

"25 Verde": the tree house

“25 Verde” in Turin is reality, a live structure integrated into nature, which, with its 200 trees perfectly integrated with the condominium, is unique.
“25 Verde”, in Via Chiabrera 25, is a very peculiar building. Built up using wood, metal and stone, it is a true forest in the city, thanks to its 200 trees growing up in between the building, perfectly integrated with the supporting “iron-wood” that sustain the whole structure.
The building, where 63 families are living, has been realized by a team of Turinese architects and engineers, leaded by Luciano Pia, in 5 years.
Besides this peculiarity, the “25 Verde” building has a rainwater harvesting system for the irrigation of its trees and a natural thermal insulation system which takes advantages from plants to reduce the use of air-conditioning. Furthermore, the whole building uses geothermal and mini-eolian systems that provide with sustainable energy all the families, reducing in this way energy bills and helping the environment.

ART AND FABRIC FRANCESCA LUPO, INTERIOR SCENOGRAPHIES

With Harridge cloth cuttings, newspaper and thin paper wood or plastic paper, Francesca Lupo realizes beautiful collages. Her artworks are scenographies made with paper and fabric: reinvented collages put together to create spaces and interiors inspired to 1950s design.

In her artworks -especially the ones representing interiors scenes- objects and decors, such as stamps turning into paintings hanged to the walls, fragments of handwritten letters or old magazines turning into wallpaper, are the finishing details. Details that want to lead the observer on a travel through time, even beyond the painting itself.

For Francesca Lupo the pure artistic expression, which during years has been essential and silent nourishment of her passion for architecture, with which has played and experimented, is expressed and becomes art for the first time at Paratissima 2012.
There is where she got the first recognition for her art and she has been chosen within the 15 best artists of the exhibition. Since then, she started participating to several collective exhibitions in art galleries of Turin, Bari, Genoa, and then, finally, in February 2015, London.