he exhibition Manualmente Legno. In Miniatura 2017, set up by the FAI (the Italian equivalent of the British National Trust), is on at Villa Necchi Campiglio in Milan until the 7th January 2018. The 200 exhibit-strong display includes both antique and modern timber-frame miniature furniture.
The antiques date from the eighteenth to the twentieth century, and are on loan from private collections, archives and museums. These small-scale models, made by the most esteemed Milanese joiners who throughout the years have worked with some of the top designers of the twentieth century (the Castiglioni brothers, Marco Zanuso, Pierluigi Ghianda and Giovanni Sacchi), decorate the rooms of Villa Necchi Campiglio like a dolls house.
The display includes: chest of drawers, coffee tables, chairs, dressing tables and wardrobes. They take us back in time as they faithfully reproduce different styles and decors. What’s more, the display is composed by the same small-scale replicas designers and joiners used to base their life-size work on. Manualmente Legno couldn’t be complete without a special display by the architect Lorenzo Damiani, set up to look like an old joinery, which will make us relive the wonders of this ancient craftsmanship. The overall display is completed by samples of different types of wood, notebooks, scaled models and drawings by the famous joiner Pierluigi Ghianda.
Where: Villa Necchi Campiglio, 14 via Mozart, Milan, Italy
When: ongoing – 7 January2018