1. What was the object that represented the lockdown the most for you?
2. What object represented the restart?
3. What are the main projects you’ll be showing at the Salone (or Fuorisalone)?
1. The Majesty exhibition curated by Maria Cristina Didero and Francesca Molteni for the Italian Cultural Institute in Toronto. With Francesco Faccin, I was involved in interpreting and representing nature with images, videos, objects and materials, drawing parallels between Canada (Toronto) and Italy (Piana del Consiglio).
2. Ancas, the sideboards produced by Pretziada. After the lockdown, they represented a return to collaboration with the world of crafts, a slow way to restart.
3. An entire collection of products with Fendi Casa. My ongoing role of art direction with Potocco: we will be at the fair with a collection of indoor and outdoor carpets, and the armchair version of the Elodie sofa. And we’ll be announcing an all new art direction assignment with the historic carpeting brand Radici.
1. The table, because the whole family gathered there. Four of us shared that space, mixing passions, functions and words. We lived through important moments and feelings, which evolved into new inspirations for life and projects.
2. More than one. Definitely the Bordone upholstered furniture collection designed for My Home, which responds to new needs and usage modes, adapting to changes in the society. For us, the restart was also marked by a new collaboration with the very young Turkish company Yaaz, for the art direction.
3. We will be showing the Lalita collection of bath fixtures by Globo Ceramica; three outdoor collections for Yaaz: Barla, Uz and Ova; the Bordone sofa system for My Home. And new products of Bottega Intreccio, Cristina Rubinetterie, Daa Italia.
1. The small Bambi desk by Nendo for Cappellini. Since I had to work at home, I created a little corner furnished with this table on which I could place all my working tools.
2. The object for the restart is the Miya table by Elena Salmistraro. An ode to joy, color and Italian craftsmanship. A piece that represents the “Nuovo Rinascimento.”
3. For Design Week we present two exhibitions at IBM Studios Milano. Looking to the Future: Cappellini’s vision of contemporary objects, with new projects by designers with whom we have a long-term relationship, like Jasper Morrison or Patricia Urquiola, and new entries like Big Studio or the very young Nik Albrecht. And The Cappellini Slowdown Refuge: Cappellini’s take on the home of today and tomorrow, design and technology.
1. My Convivium kitchen, designed in 2002 for Arclinea: because the kitchen is the place we have rediscovered most during the lockdown.
2. The Lee Outdoor chair by Flexform: the newfound freedom of enjoying outdoor spaces together with others.
3. At the Salone we will be on hand with new products for Knoll and the new Eliseo seating family for Flexform.
1. The pencil, definitely. I spent most of the time designing, drawing, putting new ideas on paper.
2. I’d say the 3D visor. The desire for the future is there, inside new technologies.
3. At the Salone I’ll be showing collections for various companies, including Flexform, Antonio Lupi, Giorgetti, Flou, Artemide, Bentley Home, Trussardi, Casa, Sahrai, Elie Saab Maison and Trep+. Each project narrates the DNA of the company and my personal vision of design.
1. My self-produced glasses, Calypso: the project began during lockdown, from the necessity of a moment of escape and lightness, at least mental lightness.
2. The first is still a work in progress: the interior of a restaurant at the gates of Milan, 13.10 Ristorante. The second is the mural Città Studi for “Un nome in ogni quartiere,” an initiative of graphic art to bring value not only to the neighborhood, but to all of Milan as well.
3. I’ll be at the fair with the Arcadia ottoman for Gebrüder Thonet Vienna. At Alcova there will be the new collection for Servomuto, Venus, and the installation Venus in Lycra. At Via Durini, the Layla lamps by MM Lampadari; at Palazzo Litta, the cushions of the Barbagia Collection, made with Fondazione Cologni and Triennale di Milano; at Starbuck’s Roastery, a project for Interni and Victoria Arduino.