The design collection
inspired by projects
turned into objects.
8 - 14 april 2019
12, via Varese
“Building Objects is the inspiration from projects turned into objects.”
Building Objects is the name of Mario Cucinella Design collection that will be unveiled from April 8th to 14th within Brera Design District 2019 inside the exhibition space of Via Varese 12, in Milan.
Building Objects comes from very far and its’ deeply rooted in the culture of the Bauhaus movement, which celebrates this year its centenary. Art as a mean to open up to possible worlds, irreplaceable reference for any learning and design path. This is where the remarkable modernity of the Bauhaus philosophy lies and in this collection it focuses on the fundamental role of the “workshop”.
Architect Mario Cucinella has designed unique pieces of design that take inspiration from the formal and structural elements of specific architectures among which: “The Whale” nursery school in Guastalla (near Reggio Emilia), the Luigi Rovati Foundation Museum (currently under construction in Milan), the Green School designed for the Middle East, the Kwame Nkrumah Presidential Library near Lake Volta in Ghana and Home for Peace in Scanzano Jonico (near Matera).
The final results make the reference partly recognizable and melted within a coherent and organic expressive research for some aspects parallel and for others convergent with the architect’s daily work.
“Building Objects” rediscover the Master Craftsmen through a careful material selection and an ancient manual knowledge refresh, but at the same time it’s the result of an extraordinary development of some production processes based on technological innovation, where 3D printing plays a key role.
The collection is realized together with master glass, marble, solid wood, ceramics, terracotta, brass, steel and fabric craftsmen: Vetreria Artistica Archimede Seguso, Rino Greggio Argenterie, De Castelli, Mariantonia Urru, Riva 1920, and WASP.
Mario Cucinella is the founder of Mario Cucinella Architects. With over 20 years of professional practice, MC A has developed a great experience in architectural design, with particular attention to the issues of sustainability and the environmental impact of buildings.
In 2016 the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) awarded him the appointment of International Fellowship 2016. In 2017 the American Institute of Architects (AIA) gives Mario Cucinella the prestigious Honorary Fellowship Award.
In 2017 he began working as a designer working with Italian companies of excellence. As a designer he has collaborated with iGuzzini realizing families of lighting fixtures, including the Woody collection.
Vetreria Artistica Archimede Seguso
Archimede Seguso art glass is one of the greatest single artist collections of the 20th century, important witness of Murano’s glass art tradition. These unique works retrace a hundred years of history and are complemented with drawings, letters, accounting documents and books.
Gino Seguso, Archimede’s son, is the owner of Vetreria Artistica Archimede Seguso srl and carries on its know-how, tradition and the entire Murano Glass collection created by his father, the greatest Murano glass artist of the 20th century.
Mariantonia Urru is a historical company and a reference for Sardinian craftsmanship. The company is named after the weaver who established it in 1981. Since then, it has grown and expanded, becoming a well-established name in the textile crafts industry.
For Mariantonia Urru weaving has a lot of meanings, but it mainly represents a link between the past and the present, between innovation and tradition. It means looking at the future remaining rooted to the quality and craftsmanship of the past, preserving and at the same time innovating an invaluable technical and cultural legacy. Mariantonia Urru collaborates with international designers, supporting them in the development of unexplored technical solutions.
Rino Greggio Argenterie
At the age of 14, Rino Greggio started his apprenticeship in a silversmith’s workshop in Padua, where he learned all the secrets of this ancient craft, making it his life’s objective. After the war, he used the 21 Lire (former Italian currency) earned from selling his bicycle to buy his first kilogram of silver.
Rino Greggio Argentierie was established in 1948 in a small 4x4 m room. Today, it has turned into a major Group, reference point for the whole silver industry.
Drawing from the metalworking tradition deeply rooted in the local territory, De Castelli bases its industrial processes on craftsman quality and mindset, leading to unexpected and special results. When industry meets design, materials are explored to find new possibilities and solutions, revealing themselves (even the most hidden ones) in a collection of serial yet unique products.
All this is made possible not only by unique manual skills but also by De Castelli’s unique culture, focused on both aesthetic and functional value of the materials used to shape living spaces.
Riva 1920, a company specialized in the production of solid wood furniture founded in Cantù in the heart of Brianza in 1920, it stands out for the use of American reforestation and reuse woods such as the millennial Kauri, the Briccole of Venice and the scented cedar of Lebanon.
It is a production company made of traditions, culture, creativity and innovation, where craft skills and values combine with progress and cutting-edge technology, where the design, signed by the most important internationally renowned names, enhances ideas and where attention to the environment is a daily challenge. Its essential requirements, a guarantee of genuine natural product, are the high quality of the raw materials used, the use of non-hazardous glues for humans and the environment and finish based on natural oils and waxes of vegetable origin. To produce furniture that defy time and respecting fully the environment, for almost 100 years this is the thinking that has been guiding Riva 1920, a true excellence of “Made in Italy”.
WASP was established in 2012 by Massimo Moretti and specializes in 3D printing. In particular, it manufactures professional printers to boost sustainable development and self-production. The range of DeltaWASP printers, the company’s flagship, is able to meets any size requirement.
The company has recently launched a new line dedicated to Industry 4.0. DeltaWASP printers are fast and precise and can create a wide range of products. The continuous research on materials has allowed WASP to become a leading company in ceramic and porcelain 3D printing. WASP’s mission is to build sustainable environmental houses. In 2018, the company presented Crane WASP, a modular printer used to build Gaia, the first living module made by unfired clay and food chain waste.
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