he exhibition W. Women in Italian Design is at the Triennale Design Museum, Milan, from the 2nd April 2016 until the 19th February next year. Curated by Margherita Palli and supervised by Silvana Annichiarico, it focuses on Italian women designers, active during the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Therefore, “W” like women and it’s precisely women who steal this show, which addresses female creativity.
This exhibition includes names the calibre of Cini Boeri, Gae Aulenti, Paola Navone, Rossana Orlandi and many more besides. The itinerary takes visitors passed typewriters covered in knitting, ultra-ergonomic chairs, giant doilies, iconic and sculptural pieces; this illustrates female perception, a quest for innovation, an interest in craftsmanship and design precision.
W. Women in Italian Design illustrates the history of Italian female designers, by analysing their more emotive and instinctive side. In fact, there’s a touch of poetry in each exhibit, evocative imagery is in rapid succession; this links back to the multifaceted aspects of the female world.
There’s also a direct reference to be made between man and woman, which comes across in the different approach the two genre’s have to design. Furthermore, this exhibition can be seen as redemption for all those women designers born in the twentieth century and ignored by historians and critics until almost a century later.
Where: Triennale Design Museum, 6 viale Alemagna, Milan, Italy
When: 2 April 2016 - 19 February 2017