Within the 21 Triennale in Milan, the theme of Interior Design has been broached by FederlegnoArredo -one of the first supporters of the event- with “Rooms. Novel Living Concepts.”, a big exhibition intended to set off this branch of design and the small scale gems of cultivated architectures produced in the 21st century. Now 11 designers are facing the 21st century interior design under the clever direction of Beppe Finessi.
A collection of historical pictures shows some well-known masterpieces of interiors carried out by the great 20th-century Masters and we can enter the contemporary thanks to the full scale reconstructions of the “Rooms” designed for this exhibition by 11 designers (Andrea Anastasio, Manolo De Giorgi, Duilio Forte, Marta Laudani e Marco Romanelli, Lazzarini Pickering Architetti, Fran- cesco Librizzi, Alessandro Mendini, Fabio Novembre, Carlo Ratti Associati, Umberto Riva, Elisabetta Terragni), each of them expressing their own “living philosophy” by linking – sometimes a bit faintly – their design to philosophical or literary texts identified by the philosopher Francesco M. Cataluccio.
The design of one’s own Room involves emotions and feelings, the search for archetype shapes, metaphors and symbols in one’s personal experience and memory.
11 living cubicles in search of the “primary room” as identified by Joseph Rykwert in his book “On Adam’s House in Paradise”. Rooms meant as “Rooms of the Heart” as Dante puts it.
Captions (from left):
La petite chambre by Umberto Riva
Resonances by Andrea Anastasio
Lift-Bit by Carlo Ratti Associati
Ursus by Duilio Forte
The Absence of Presence by Marta Laudani and Marco Romanelli
La vie en rose by Claudio Lazzarini & Carl Pickering
My Prisons by Alessandro Mendini
Intro by Fabio Novembre