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INTERNI House in Motion  (photo by Saverio Lombardi Vallauri ©)

| Designbest editorial staff


here is nothing more current, during design week, than the ever-transforming home according to our and technology’s needs. Sure, enough the theme of the Furnishing exhibition-event by INTERNI (at its twentieth year) that livens up the Fuorisalone is “House in Motion”, in other words “the moving house”.

As well as the previous years, the city areas included in the exhibition are three:  the Università degli Studi di Milano, the Orto Botanico di Brera and the Audi City Lab in corso Venezia 11, where the most famous international designers illustrate us, through scenographic installations, the mutations of living and its variations.

A table that becomes a roof, a pile of containers that transforms into a dream house, the ruins of an earthquake that make us hope for a brighter tomorrow, 700 mini houses of light that stand out against the skyline of an imaginary city. The world of living becomes flexible, imaginary and immaterial: the home isn’t a semblance of objects, furniture and memories anymore but rather a mutant, dynamic, wandering and temporary space that revolves around the relationship between man, technology and innovation.

From the paintings that appear against the Umbrian ruins in “Canapa near” by the Fine Arts Academy’s Pietro Vannucci of Perugia, together with Paolo Belardi and Daniela Gerini, to the dream houses drew by Haitian kids from Citè Soleil in Piero Lissonis “My Dream House”. Amongst others are Aldo Cibic’s “Colors on the move”, whose roof is a table, and Massimo Iosa Ghini’s connecting and sharing home in “Home co-thinking”. The Università Statale di Milano, as well as the previous years, becomes a stage for the dialogue between different representations.

The theme is movement but also virtual reality and emotional design. It can be seen in Alexander Bellman’s “Frame Emotions”, in Davide Rampello’s hairspray theatre, in Mario Bellini’s “Face to Face”, where a house’s facade reflects a face of a man, and in the wooden “Future Space” on the University’s entrance.  

While suggestions and sensations blend into one another, the main courtyard (cortile d’Onore) becomes an open space cinema with 12 monitors and 4 touch screens that project an imaginary time travel of Milan’s skyline that meshes architectures from 1925 to 2025. 

The jump between past to future isn’t that long and in the Audi City Lab a suspended ring, with a diameter of 19 metres, transports us to a new landscape, this time futuristic. “Fifth Ring” by Mad Architects, in collaboration with Artemide, is an evocative space that plays with bodies of water multiplying the light and at the same time speaks about energy, progress, innovation, with an ideal vision of tomorrow.

Idealistic and visionary, just like the imaginary city that animates the Orto Botanico di Brera transformed by the SOS -School of Sustainability-  architect’s, together with Marco Cucinella, in a tiny smartcity: 700 mini houses of light that hope for a new cohabitation, this time with nature.


Where: Università Statale di Milano, via Festa del Perdono 7 Milano; Orto Botanico di Brera, via Brera 28 Milano and Audi City Lab in corso Venezia 11, Milano

When: From the 16th to the 28th of April 2018

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