Red Embryo Chair by Marc Newson

Red Embryo Chair by Marc Newson

I took this photo September 24, 2011 in the Milan Triennale Design Museum

Milan Triennale Design Museum – 16

Emmenthaler Sofa by Verner Panton

Emmenthaler Sofa by Verner Panton

I took this photo September 24, 2011 in the Milan Triennale Design Museum

“Look at how children sit on the edge of a chair, with their toes just brushing the floor, or lounge all over the chair, or kneel on top of it or squat on their heels.
Adults correct them: “Sit up, sit properly, sit straight!”.
I wonder why it’s like that.
The king sits on the throne, the guests sit at table, music-lovers sit listening to a concert, the old lady settles into her easy chair, the poor sinner lies on a bench.
So is sitting perhaps a theatrical game?
And does it suffice to study a chair in order to understand the use it is intended for?
I am sorely tempted to disturb this game of chairs and sitting.
This could lead us to make chairs on which we sit any way we like, no matter how or why: With our arms on the legs, one arm around the back, relaxed and comfortable or straight upright. It could lead to making chairs which conceal their function until we sit on them. Will we sit down to eat? To play cards? Will we sit down even to quarrel?
Apart from being useful, a chair should always be valid in itself and, when placed side by side, a number of them should create a “landscape chair” that refuses to be merely functional.
Another thought. Today, steel tubes, foam rubber, springs, padding and linings have reached a state of technological progress that enables us to create forms that only a few years ago were unthinkable. Designers should use these resources to create objects previously imaginable only in the abstract.
Personally, I love designing chairs and objects that express the full potential of the time where we live in”
Verner Panton
Copenhagen, May 1980

Milan Triennale Design Museum – 15

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Kandissi Sofa by Studio Alchimia

Kandissi Sofa by Alessandro Mendini's Studio Alchimia

Kandissi Sofa by Studio Alchimia

I took this photo September 24, 2011 in the Milan Triennale Design Museum

Kandissi, a lacquered wooden sofa with fabric – upholstered padding was inspired by Wassily Kandinsky, and is the fruit of a perfectly coherent cross-pollination with the Russian Master’s theories. Kandissi is part of the Bau-Haus 1 collection designed in 1978 by the Studio Alchimia group, founded two years earlier by Alessandro and Adriana Guerriero, and that soon attracted a fresh, erudite, experimental and provocative sensivity, turning the international design system upside down

Milan Triennale Design Museum – 14

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Black Nemo by Fabio Novembre

Black Nemo by Fabio Novembre back

Black Nemo by Fabio Novembre front

Black Nemo by Fabio Novembre

An iconic design which I have featured in many colors already. Just click Tag Fabio Novembre

I took this photo September 24, 2011 in the Milan Triennale Design Museum

Nemo, presented for the first time during Salone del Mobile 2010, is the manifestation of a design that enhances the human figure and was proposed as a face with classic lineaments that reveals an inner seating element. A human figure capable of becoming abstract and universal, able to propose a mythologized beauty as in ancient Greek art.

In 2010 it happens that the name Nemo immediately evokes the little fish protagonist of the Pixar Movie in 2003. If this question had been asked at the end of the XIX century probably the answer would have been the Captain Nemo protagonist of the book written by Jules Verne in 1870: twenty thousand leagues under the sea. Going further in time, in a classical era around the 800 b.C, Nemo should have been the name chosen by Odisseo to deceive Polifemo the cyclops of the Homer epic poem.

Odisseo, who is used to disguise, declares that his name is Nemo, no-one in order to escape from certain death: the destruction of the personality under the survival instinct.
Despite I deeply feel a man of my era, the greek origins of my native land make me associate Nemo to Odisseo. The name becomes a mask used to hide the identity. Mask that in the greek theatre is called also persona recalling the name sound that plays the part of amplifying the voice.

A project born between the drawing by Ponti of 1950 “Un disegno è un’idea” and the romance by Pirandello of 1926 “Uno, nessuno e centomila” for creating a new identity without sexual and geographical features. An identity denied a renewed idea of collectivity made of eyes that search each other beyond the borders and barriers.

Milan Triennale Design Museum – 13

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Chairs!
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