“Where Architects Live”?

A prestigious exhibition will be held at the Rho Milan Fairgrounds during iSaloni 2014

by Valentina Ieva
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“Where Architects Live” is an original installation, inspired by leading contemporary architects’ own concepts of the domestic space, devised especially for the 53rd edition of the Salone Internazionale del Mobile. The exhibition has been specially devised for the Salone, providing an exclusive glimpse into “rooms” designed by eight of the world’s most respected architects: Shigeru Ban, Mario Bellini, David Chipperfield, Massimiliano Fuksas and Doriana Fuksas, Zaha Hadid, Marcio Kogan, Daniel Libeskind and Bijoy Jain.

Bellini ©Davide Pizzigoni

“Where Architects Live” is a response to these questions and to natural curiosity: where do architects live, or rather, what are their homes like and in what way? Exact reflections of their distinctive design styles or complete one-offs? Or something else entirely?

Ban ©Hiroyuki Hirai

The concept underlying the event rests in the conviction that, of all design disciplines, domestic architecture is the most predisposed to evolution and the most suited to experimentation, given its capacity to conjugate architecture and design.

Hadid ©Davide Pizzigoni

Hadid ©Brigitte Lacombe

The writer Curzio Malaparte names his villa on the island of Capri “A house like me” – it is an intimate and private story that explores the marks and traces of domestic architecture in different cultures and contexts.

Fuksas ©Aki Furudate

Fuksas ©Maurizio Marcato

The curator of the event, Francesca Molteni has been privy to the private homes of eight of the greatest exponents of the architectural world, filming the exteriors and domestic spaces and recording an interview with each of them on the visions, triggers and decisions that have steered their design and professional careers.

Chipperfield ©Ute Zscharnt for David Chipperfield Architects

She and the architect and scenographer Davide Pizzigoni, who has been exploring representational space and working with leading international opera theatres, have devised a project that recreates the private “rooms”, by means of real-life videos, images, sounds, comments and reconstructions.

Libeskind ©Nicola Tranquillino

Libeskind ©Davide Pizzigoni

The result is an interactive exhibition space that unveils the architects’ visions of living, their choices and their obsessions.

Kogan Photo©Romulo Fialdini Architecture©studio mk27, Marcio Kogan

Kogan ©Romulo Fialdini

Cover image: Bellini ©Davide Pizzigoni

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    • Valentina Ieva

      Architect

      Bari / Italy

      Laureata in Ingegneria edile-architettura, giornalista per professione, web writer per diletto. Amante di architettura, design, fotografia e libri di carta. Dipendente dai social, Instagram e InstaStories su tutti. Affamata di vita, viaggi e storie da scoprire. Qualunque forma d'arte mi affascina da sempre e non posso pensare una vita senza: emozioni forti, immaginazione, buona musica, cucina pugliese, sole e gatti. Per dirla con le parole di Battiato, non potrei vivere senza: ‘un soffio al cuore di natura elettrica’!)

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