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LONDON DESIGN MUSEUM

Nov 2016
Francesca Molteni
LONDON  DESIGN MUSEUM

With this summons, the London Design Museum invites architects, designers and artists for a very special collective exhibition. An auction in support of the new museum, still directed by Deyan Sudjic, which will open its doors on 24 November 2016. The London institution, founded by Sir Terence Conran in 1989, is moving and expanding, triplicating its spaces. New home on Kensington High Street, in the building that hosted the Commonwealth Institute, designed by John Pawson. The ambition?

To become the most important design museum in the world. To help the museum achieve its dream - at a total cost of 83 million pounds - a rich charity auction at Phillips’ on 28 April. Pieces donated by the great names in international design - Marc Newson, Norman Foster, Zaha Hadid and many others, almost none is missing - include Bono’s guitar, a special edition of iPad Pro, designed by ApplÈs Jony Ive, and… Papyro by Aldo Rossi, a gift of the Molteni Museum.

A unique piece,the prototype of the Italian walnut desk, designed in 1989. Aldo Rossi had a so-called “American” desk in his studio. To access the writing surface, he had to open a roll-top that enclosed the contents. This model gave rise to the Papyro project, never mass-produced. Again as a gift to the museum, Lord Norman Foster asked Molteni&C to make a special version of his Arc table, this time with the base in die-casted bronze. Three signed pieces were produced. Let the auction commence. Time for Design!

Samsung announces the arrival in Italy of Serif TV, the project devised by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec and distributed in partnership with Molteni&C and Vitra

Samsung announces the arrival in Italy of the new Serif TV. Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, the Parisian stars of design, have partnered exclusively with Samsung to create a television set that is destined to question the role of this object in the home.

Samsung Serif TV does not belong to the world of technology, but to that of furnishings and design. Already available in Samsung’s online shop, as from today you can admire and purchase the Serif TV on display exclusively in certain select Molteni&C and Vitra stores in Italy.

Molteni&C and Dada reinforce their presence in the North American continent


Over the last few months, Molteni&C and Dada have reinforced their presence in the United States of America and Canada, potentially strong markets for Italian design. New Flagship Stores and Showrooms have been opened in Boston, Chicago, Pasadena, Montreal and Toronto.

Ca’ Brütta, 1921 Giovanni Muzio First Work


From 15 April to 10 July 2016, the Castello Sforzesco in Milan will host Ca’ Brütta 1921 - Giovanni Muzio Opera Prima, an exhibition conceived and produced by Giovanni Tomaso Muzio, director of the Muzio Archives, and Giovanna Calvenzi, on the occasion of the fi rst restoration of the building for the purposes of conservation, which has returned it to its original appearance. An intertwining of areas of expertise that opens a window onto society and raises questions about the nature of the community in an expanding city.Ca’ Brütta, between via Moscova and via Turati, was not just his fi rst work, but the fi rst manifesto of a coherent vision of the relationship between building and city. The exhibition is a dialogue between plan, drawing and photograph. Unifor has sponsored the project.

Ferragamo and Molteni&C at the Design Week

Salone del Mobile 2016 - New skyline for the event promoted every year by Molteni&C and Salvatore Ferragamo: alongside the historic window displays of Boutique Donna in Via Montenapoleone, this year Boutique Uomo too is showcasing the "Materia" installation, inspired by Molteni&C’s new textile collection. Materia is the result of careful recovery and research work into the archives of the greatest Italian textile manufacturers, three new textile designs, inspired by the world of Nature: Foliage and Roots plus a more sophisticated interpretation of Viennese cane seating in Paglia.

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