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Exhibition "Dimensione domestica. Achille e Pier Giacomo Castiglioni e una strana idea di arredamento"

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here’s a new exhibition at the Fondazione Achille Castiglioni in Milan: Dimensione Domestica. Dimensione Domestica (lit. domestic dimension) will run from the 17th February until the 30th October 2016 and it’ll show you around different images of domestic life. Dimensione Domestica was inspired by the much celebrated 1957 exhibition: Colori e Forme della Casa d’Oggi (lit. colours and shapes of the home today), occasion when Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni caused great sensation with their avant-garde room settings. What’s more, Dimensione Domestica will be the first in a three-part exhibition series, which will run well into 2018.

Dimensione Domestica is curated by Beppe Finessi, has graphics by Italo Lupi, floor design by Marco Marzini and technical support by its sponsor Flos. It looks at domestic life through the eyes of designers Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni. Each exhibition in the series will focus on a specific theme: L’ambiente di Soggiorno is the first one; Ambiente Arredato per il Pranzo is the second one (rendition of the 1965 exhibition La casa Abitata); Ambiente per il Pranzo is the third one (inspired by the 1984 exhibition Mobili Italiani).

Each exhibition will have detailed reconstructions of original room sets built by the two Castiglioni brothers, they will also include rare and unreleased archival materials, in an effort to better comprehend their much discussed design method.

As one would imagine, these schemes were considered extremely daring at the time and even if many years have passed since they first came out, they still possess the same sense of innovation and excitement. And this is what makes them truly timeless, destined to outlive any fad or fashion. And the trapeze-shaped living room is a design, which is definitely worth a mention. Lit up by two large windows and chock-a-block with bizarre objects and true design icons like the Sella stool or the much celebrated Libreria Appesa bookcase. 

Each exhibition will have detailed reconstructions of original room sets built by the two Castiglioni brothers and they will also include rare and unreleased archival materials, in an effort to better understand their much discussed design method.

As one would imagine, these schemes were considered extremely daring at the time and even if many years have passed since they first came out, they still possess the same sense of innovation and excitement. And this is what makes them truly timeless, destined to outlive any fad or fashion. And the trapeze-shaped living room is a design, which is definitely worth a mention. Lit up by two large windows and chock-a-block with bizarre objects and true design icons like the Sella stool or the much celebrated Libreria Appesa bookcase.

 


Where: Fondazione Achille Castiglioni, 27 Piazza Castello, Milan, Italy

When: 17 February - 30 October 2016

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