11 May 2015

Design lessons

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Museo Novecento

How did the house change in the 20th century and how did our way of living it change?

From furniture as D’Annunzio preferred it to the global success of Ikea: the fourth cycle of conferences “Design Lessons”, 2015 edition, has the theme “The culture of living”.
Art historians such as Claudio Paolini and Mirella Branca, design history experts such as Vanni Pasca, president of AisDesign and Anna Chiara Cimoli of the Politecnico di Milano, personalities such as Giampiero Bosoni and Paolo Deganello. Domitilla Dardi, Sergio Givone, Francesca Molteni, Puccio Duni, David Palterer will also take part in the final round table.

Design lessons” enters its fourth year of life. The initiative designed at its inception by the Isia of Florence and Selfhabitat has developed over the years becoming an unmissable event for fans of the world of design, for students, designers and designers, in a city full of schools and experiences in the field, but always addressing a wide audience, interested in learning more about a much debated topic.
“Design lessons” brought to Florence successful designers, university professors, entrepreneurs and personalities from the world of furniture to discuss issues of the past, present and future of design in Italy, but also presented to the city exhibitions such as the one dedicated to Charles and Ray Eames at the former Court of San Firenze in June 2013 and the one set up at Le Murate. Projects Contemporary Art on the work of the unconventional architect, Charlotte Perriand, in June 2014.

This year the chosen topic revolves around the great changes of the twentieth century that have affected the houses, both as architecture and furniture, to open to reflection on how globalization and new technologies are today changing the ways of living around the world.
“Since the end of the nineteenth century – explains Vanni Pasca of AisDesign and coordinator of all conferences – architecture uses new materials (iron, then reinforced concrete) and changes the organization of the house; you go from enfilade seven/ nineteenth century that connects to telescope environments, corridors outside the rooms and overlooking the inner courtyards in the palaces of Schinkel in Berlin and in the buildings on the Viennese Ring, up to the living cells of the working-class neighborhoods in Germany in the 1920s or to the proposals of immeuble-villa of Le Corbusier. It changes not only the decor but the sentimental vision of the house and living”. From the “high density” house, where furniture, furnishings fill the space of the room, explains Pasca, we move on to the “low density” of rationalism, “with hygienic rooms with large openings and furniture made of metal tube that do not constitute a diaphragm and let air, light and gaze filter freely”.

The meetings at Museo Novecento

11 May at 18.00 The advance of modernity.

Vanni Pasca will introduce the transformations occurred in the way of conceiving the houses from Loos to le Corbusier and Anna Chiara Cimoli will intervene to explain the Bahaus between De Stijl and Nuova Objectivity.

8 June at 18.00 Italy and interior design. 

. Giampiero Bosoni will talk about the Italian masters of interior design; Paolo Deganello: the house, the interior spaces and the antidesign.

The initiative is organized by SelfhabitatCultura, A/I/S/Design and ISIA Florence with the collaboration of the City of Florence, Museo Novecento, MUS. E, Horne Museum, ADI Toscana, Fondazione Architetti Firenze and Ordine degli Architetti Firenze.

Realized with the collaboration of the Center for Contemporary Art Luigi Pecci of Prato as part of the regional project: “Cantiere Toscana Contemporanea”.

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