Gio Ponti evokes immersive new design exhibition

Genius Loci is a new sequence of exhibitions environment up a dialogue among architecture, design and art in excellent personal residences. The inaugural demonstrate (16 – 24 October 2021) will take around Gio Ponti’s French villa, L’Ange Volant

Genius Loci launches the initial in a series of immersive exhibitions with a tribute to Italian architect and designer Gio Ponti. The sensory working experience, which is being held at the Ponti-designed Paris villa, L’Ange Volant, from Oct 16 – 24 2021, showcases the responses of artists, architects and designers to the constructing.

L’Ange Volant by Gio Ponti

Le Saint light installation by Franklin Azzi 

The neo-Palladian villa, situated in Garches on the outskirts of Paris, and crafted in 1927, was Ponti’s sole architectural project in France. Its passionate title, L’Ange Volant (the traveling angel) was motivated by a wedding day held hardly a year following its completion. It celebrates the union in between the villa’s commissioner, Tony Bouilhet, and Carla Borletti, Gio Ponti’s niece, who fulfilled her potential spouse on the developing site whilst going to her uncle from Italy.

This romantic spirit has encouraged the two rising and recognized figures of art, architecture and style and design, who also nod to the villa’s classy areas, in the exhibition curated by Marion Vignal. Specifically commissioned works occur courtesy of Laurent Grasso, Mathias Kiss, Franklin Azzi, Sophie Dries, Julian Mayor, Maloles Antignac, Agnès Sébyleau, and Damian O’Sullivan, between other folks. These and other contemporary items – from the likes of Alicja Kwade, Mao Natsunaga and Studio KO, for illustration – are positioned in juxtaposition with historical works by Gio Ponti and mates, which include Ico Parisi and Piero Fornasetti.

Genius Loci style and design exhibition

Jonathan Trayte

The varied nature of the is effective encompasses various media, from painting and sculpture to installation and manner, ceramics, songs and perfume. The pieces discover a pure dwelling in and outdoors the villa, delighting viewers, who are greeted by a mild installation by architect Franklin Azzi floating in the courtyard. Inside, there are objets d’art, from Damian O’Sullivan’s double candle holder to Maloles Antignac’s sculptures, which spend tribute to Ponti’s fascination with the hand, as explored in his ceramics. Sophie Dries’ Murano glass mirror studded with stones tends to make a glinting foil for Julian Mayor’s very low welded-steel table, while in the backyard garden, Mathias Kiss attracts angel wings in white inlaid marble.

The multisensory technique is manifest in Jérôme Echenoz’s seem set up, which people can love upon their amble upstairs, although Barnabé Fillion was inspired by the lightness of currently being drawn into the building’s clean traces to develop a fragrance in particular for Genius Loci.

Immediately after Paris, Genius Loci will take a look at Venice, Brussels, Milan, London and Los Angeles in a new celebration of artistically appealing properties. §

‘Alchemia’ mirror by Sophie Dries in collaboration with Nilufar gallery

Glass table by Studio KO ©Yann Deret

Candleholder by Damian O’Sullivan

Mirror by Maurizio Donzelli, @Galerie Italienne