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Speciale Fuorisalone 2009

Speciale Fuorisalone 2009

Interview with Luca Molinari about FMGxtreme_Lab, an FMG workshop reconstructed in the SpazioFMG for Architecture during Fuorisalone 2009.

"At this year’s Salone del Mobile, the Spazio FMG | per l’Architettura wanted to do something different. In the past we focused on two great contemporary designers, inaugurating the FMG space in the first year with Michele De Lucchi and inviting Aldo Cibic to design a tortoise outside the space in the second year, last year. The idea we had this year, at this important time, was to simulate the FMG workshop in the space. Why? Because at this time I believe it is much more interesting to focus on design methods, on how things are made and on the possibility of actively and openly playing with all architects, rather than focusing on a single designer. One of the basic ideas was to take the workshop in Fiorano (at the company’s headquarters, ed.), take it apart and bring it here. It's a rather unusual set-up compared to the other ones we see in the Salon these days, something rather anomalous, a workplace... The earths, the materials, the library actually come from the real workshop. It was about to be taken apart anyway to move it to a new location, and so we took advantage of this and stole it for a few days. But why? Because I believe it is very interesting for people to see the complexity behind the production of these materials, which are natural and yet innovative at the same time. We thought it would be right to bring the "tools of the trade" here: the tools with which these tiles are designed and planned, while at the same time challenging the architects. Over the next three days we have invited a series of very talented Italian architects, from Carlo Pellegrini to 5+1, from Park to Marzorati, young people like Francesco Librizzi and Gambardella, all invited to come here and play with this computer programme, which will soon be available on the FMG website. To play with this simulation programme and design tiles. The idea is to go back to something like a tailor's workshop for production of tiles. With these materials, these technologies, and this programme, the architect can think up and design a totally natural tile, in line with his work, his expectations, what he is studying at the time. And so we come to a dimension in which big industry comes to meet the designer and work on an individual design for a unique designed work.

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