Lake Como Design and style Festival explores design’s past and present

Lake Como Style Festival (until eventually 10 Oct 2021) showcases contemporary and modern day design masters throughout a collection of historical destinations

The spot all over Lake Como is famous for its charming, historical properties, which this 7 days arrive to daily life for the most up-to-date version of the Lake Como Structure Pageant (right until 10 Oct 2021). Dependent on the topic of ‘History Repeating’, the compact design event requires position in Como’s Teatro Sociale with an exhibition curated by Triennale Structure Museum director Marco Sammicheli, as well as shows in close by palazzos exploring the this means of designs from the previous century. 

Record Repeating: how designers and providers glimpse at heritage

‘History Repeating’ at Sale del Ridotto: ‘Metropoli’ lamp by Alberto Meda, Paolo Rizzatto, Riccardo Sarfatti cor Luceplan, 1992 ‘Pepa’ lamp by Francesco Faccin for Astep, 2020 ‘Model 537’ lamp by Gino Sarfatti, reissued by Astep, 1950/2019 ‘Brigata’ cutlery set by Valerio Sommella for Alessi, 2020 ‘Nuova MIlano’ cutlery set by Ettore Sottsass for Alessi, 1987

Curated by Sammicheli, ‘History Repeating’ is a collective structure exhibition analysing the job of background in important fashionable and contemporary style and design moments. ‘The exhibition is a recognition of how a great deal heritage is, on the 1 hand, a business and imaginative lever and, on the other, a dialectical rebound to innovation if it is not interpreted as a run-up to go through the present,’ suggests Sammicheli. 

The screen is set inside Sale del Ridotto (Via Vincenzo Bellini 1), a lavishly embellished 18th-century background to the modern design operates. On exhibit are pieces by some of the 20th-century masters, such as Alvar Aalto, Charlotte Perriand, Gio Ponti, Gino Sarfatti and Piero Portaluppi, shown alongside contemporary style figures, from Patricia Urquiola and Giulio Ridolfo to Chiara Andreatti and Cristina Celestino. The exhibition is made by area architects Stefano Larotonda and Niccolò Nessi, whose expert mission is to boost Como’s architectural heritage and landscape. 

‘History Repeating’ at Sale del Ridotto: ‘Nina’ chair by Chiara Andreatti for Arflex, 2020 ‘Osaka’ couch by Pierre Paulin, reissued by LaCividina, 1967/2013 ‘Gothik – A’ cabiney by Ferruccio Laviani for Fratelli Boffi, 2017

To curate the team of functions, Sammicheli explored the way contemporary style and design businesses, from Molteni & C to Azucena, Apecasa and Flos, relate to the previous. ‘The topic emerged from a discussion with Lorenzo Butti, inventive director of the event, who wanted to discover re-editions. From this came the thought of showcasing how designers and companies solution heritage,’ Sammicheli proceeds. ‘We requested ourselves what is the legacy of record and how it has been handed on and absorbed proper by way of to the present day.’

The exhibition provides creation in relation to the readymade, so that, Sammicheli explains, ‘the context of the historic item is shifted in a way that overturns the paradigm, or wherever lots of little stories be part of alongside one another to make up a more substantial story’.

A dialogue concerning 20th and 21st generations

‘20/21’ at Palazzo Valli Bruni

Somewhere else in Como, Palazzo Valli Bruni (By way of Rodari 1) kinds the backdrop to ‘20/21’, a sequence of items by impartial modern day designers who were being motivated in their function by 20th-century craft and aesthetics. Creatives in this selling exhibition contain Duccio Maria Gambi, Draga & Aurel, Sara De Campos and Pietro Russo among other people. The works will be marketed by means of a focused on-line auction (until eventually 10 Oct 2021) and introduced via a web site-certain intervention by Draga & Aurel. 

Alias reissues at Palazzo Mantero

Eventually, Palazzo Mantero (Viale Varese 2) is open to the community for the first time, hosting a sequence of re-editions of historic pieces by the likes of Azucena, FontanaArte, Ginori 1735, and Molteni & C. The exhibition is a way to check out layout icons as a supply of inspiration in present-day style. 

Reflecting on the overarching theme of the celebration, Sammicheli concludes: ‘Repetition of that which is identified in historical past is not copying or plagiarism but alternatively a reference to the ongoing climbing and environment of a sun that intoxicates and evokes an industrial and cultural group, where by production and creative imagination have enabled design to prosper for at the very least 150 years.’ §