April 20, 2010 - Abitare - Issue 501 now available
April 20, 2010

Issue 501 now available

Issue 501

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The forms through which the contemporary design modifies our life styles are once more the basic reason of the whirl of activities and initiatives turning Milan on during the Salone del Mobile 2010 week. The relationship between architecture, design and interior design is the core interest of ABITARE. Pointing out how a complex idea of the world can be found within a single object.

The 501 ABITARE issue, available since April the 6th 2010, opens with an editorial by Fabrizio Gallanti, who considers how recent earthquakes in Italy, Haiti and Chile reveal the architectural conditions and the environment care of different contexts. The photographer Filippo Romano realized, in exclusive for ABITARE, a feature from Haiti, directly testifying the contemporary urban condition’s uncertainty and frailty.

ABITARE presents a series of essays exploring the relationship between food, gastronomy and design; Luca Doninelli, Jan Åman, Carolyn Steel and Paolo Deganello analyse what is today the role of food.

SOS Design is the new sister of SOS ABITARE: after submitting young architects’ plans to the examination of their colleagues, Abitare indicate a lamp by Camille Blin to be keenly analysed by Alberto Meda and Pierre Charpin.

The house of the notorious character Dylan Dog is finally revealed to the readers, through an interview with Tiziano Sclavi, the inventor of the comic. While the dream of an underwater life is the focus of the artists’ Isola and Norzi work.

ABITARE presents the most significant previews of Salone del Mobile: exhibitions, products, initiatives, projects around which the most intense International design week is spinning; Achille Castiglione’s models exhibition at È De Padova; Cyborg, the new chair designed by Marcel Wanders for Magis; Chairless, the chair of Vitra designed by Alejandro Aravena; Sedia 1 designed by Enzo Mari for Artek; Drop Table, the “optic” table of Living Divani, designed by Junya Ishigami; the urinal of the Olivia di Ceramica Globo series designed by Giulio Iacchetti and the furniture of Agapecasa® from the Angelo Mangiarotti’s archive.

The oneiric dream of Metropolis future city is incarnate in the Burj Khalifa skyscraper in Dubai, photographed by Iwan Baan.

From ABITARE website to printed paper: Anna Foppiano visits the Rolex Learning Center in Lausanne, the last building realised by SANAA, who has just won the Pritzker Prize.

Three “civil” architecture confirms the strength of great architecture, able to give birth to communities and support social progress: the Museo de la Memoria y los Derechos Humano di Estudio América in Santiago de Chile, the cultural centre Alexandra Interpretation Centre, in Johannesburg, by Peter Rich Architects and the homeless housing estate, New Carver Apartments by Michael Maltzan, in Los Angeles.

The portfolio dedicated to new products and projects for the kitchen is enriched by the intrusion of Chris Martin/Massproductions, Giulio Iacchetti, Martí Guixé + Matali Crasset and Pierre Hermé, The Able project and Food Creation.

Jasper Morrison is the guest-curator of the New Design Museum based on an idea by Enzo Mari.

Moreover, on April 14 – 15 2010, the annual appointment of ABITARE Talks took place at the Triennale Design Museum: debates and discussions with prominent figures of architecture and design. From Bjarne Mastenbroek by SeARCH that, in collaboration with the main Dutch designers, proposed Villa Vals, a buried house cut into the slope of the hill; to Enzo Mari who working with Artek presents the world preview of his documentary on the idea of “Autoprogettazione”; passing through the conclusion of ‘Italian Oxygen 2′ contest, promoted in partnership with Enel Oxygen, the ABITARE initiative that promotes innovative ideas and solutions for architecture, design and art in Italy; to conclude with Design Trial which saw Chairless by Alejandro Aravena prosecuted by design critic Alice Rawsthorne.

All the videos are available on www.abitare.it, together with “Being Fabio Novembre online”, i.e. the Salone del Mobile of Milan through the movements, the encounters, the comments and the choices of Fabio Novembre.


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