Design&Trends

In recent decades, design has contaminated a number of sectors of creative work. This series focuses on the scenarios of future trends, investigating their infinite expressive potential through issues of contemporary relevance and discussions with international designers. A window on the future, to understand and describe how much the world of design is changing, from techniques to new materials, from interiors to installations, from experimentation to contamination with art. In the final analysis, a section all about forecasting and trendsetting in design.

Annalisa Dominoni: why it’s useful (even for us earthlings) to plan for life in space

06-10-2022

Annalisa Dominoni: why it’s useful (even for us earthlings) to plan for life in space

Why are we investing research power and resources into planning for life far, far away from Earth when we still have no answers to the great problems plaguing our own planet? We asked Annalisa Dominoni who, along with Benedetto Quaquaro, has been working in the field of space design for over two decades. She explained how this discipline affects all of us - much more closely than we might think....

Ai Weiwei in Venice: Memento Mori, a monument to life made of Murano glass

03-10-2022

Ai Weiwei in Venice: Memento Mori, a monument to life made of Murano glass

A gigantic chandelier with no lights, made up of two thousand pieces of black Murano glass, stands out in the Palladio’s basilica in the Abbey of San Giorgio Maggiore, on the island of the same name facing St. Mark’s Square. The Chinese dissident’s artwork celebrates the value of life and awareness of the...

Arttenders: combining art with business and social planning

30-09-2022

Arttenders: combining art with business and social planning

Arttenders is an eclectic young social design agency opened in Rotterdam in 2015 by the enterprising Siobhan Burger and Faye Ellen. Their goal is to create spaces (physical and virtual) for cultural action that are financially sustainable, forging bonds between business and the world of art through co-participation and socialisation of...

Where beauty lives: the ‘piano nobile’ or main floor of Fondazione Rovati

29-09-2022

Where beauty lives: the ‘piano nobile’ or main floor of Fondazione Rovati

An exemplary case of co-penetration of domestic space, furnishings, coverings, objects and artworks: the main floor of Fondazione Luigi Rovati in Milan is now a museum, in which every single element – from the woodwork to the chimneys, from the windows to the niches in the walls – has an osmotic relationship with the art on display, ancient, modern and contemporary....

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