The second edition of Tortona Rocks is about to start with a full programme of events, with research projects and internationality, arranged by Milano Space Makers ready to animate the design week in the Tortona area. Here are the highlights of the programme, real must-sees of the design week for a totalising visual experience of interior design and the decorative arts, future scenarios and distant cultures.
At Via Tortona 58, Corian® Design Surface and Cabana Magazine present the exhibition ‘CORIAN® CABANA CLUB’, a multi-cultural, emotional journey into the world of maximalism. A group of world personalities in the fields of fashion, interior design and the decorative arts, with the art direction of Cabana through the creative director Christop Radl and the editor-in-chief Martina Mondadori Sartogo, will create a series of fascinating settings drawing inspiration from the evocative, emotional world of Cabana, using Corian® and blending it into their vision, taste and style. The seven settings of the ‘Corian® Cabana Club’ will be created by Cabana Magazine and Corian® Design Surface in co-operation with Antonio Marras, Ashley Hicks, Carolina Irving, Idarica Gazzoni, Nathalie Farman-Farma, Stephan Janson and Susanne Thun.
The project MINI LIVING, at Via Tortona 31, speaks of a more sustainable and ecologic lifestyle, and will stun visitors with an innovative proposal that questions conventional lifestyle to show how architecture can be the response creative to face future challenges, like smaller and smaller spaces and limited resources in urban areas. Created in co-operation with the New York architectural firm SO-IL, MINI present the installation MINI LIVING - ‘Breathe’, a visionary concept based on the idea of a more aware and sustainable lifestyle, with the suggestion of alternative solutions to improve life in the city. A space for three people, 5 m wide and 10 m high, will show a new idea of home meaning an active ecosystem where the resources are used intelligently in an eco-friendly way.
‘Róng’ Contemporary Design Exhibition, at Via Novi 5, is a highly sophisticated Chinese collective that investigates the use of traditional materials like paper, silk, bamboo, clay and copper. The exhibition is a paradigm of far eastern creativity which unites the roots of craftsman tradition and expressions of contemporary design, summarising research lasting 5 years which catalogued more than 2000 types of materials, more than 30 villages visited in the search for traditions and artisan skills and invited 50 designers from different fields. There will be 70 items on display which summarise the essence of Chinese aesthetics.
Stellar Works, the first global design brand founded in Asia, returns to Opificio 31, at Via Tortona 31, with the installation House Within a House to present the new furnishing collections including new pieces created by Neri&Hu, creative directors of the brand, Space Copenhagen, Yabu Pushelberg and Crème, in addition to the first ceramic collection, Arita Ceramics, designed by Neri&Hu. The installation reproduces the interior of a house with different rooms with the furnishings in an atmosphere where everything contributes to emphasising the dialogue between Orient and Occident, a characteristic feature of the brand where styles of Japanese culture meet with Chinese craftsmanship mixing all with an international aesthetic of western taste.
There will also be the experience of Nordic design in the Opificio with Vestre, a historic Norwegian company leader in the production of furnishings and accessories for cities, parks and public open spaces, which presents Nordic Life in Urban Spaces, an installation that opens the doors to a culture still limited to northern Europe - shared design and sociability, urban sharing and collective spaces. Vestre offers an innovative view of urban furnishing for an ecologic, creative rebirth of contemporary cities.
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