NABA, Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti, is hosting an exhibition featuring Design Area student projects at Scalo Lambrate, a disused early twentieth century railway depot that was recently renovated into a public space for the City of Milan.
The projects on exhibition were developed during the students' final academic year and reflect on the value of design and planning during the current COVID-19 global pandemic, which has intensified the need to use digital technologies and, in academic contexts, has resulted in having to resort to distance learning.
For this reason, NABA wants to share the varied insights provided by the students - our future designers - on the issues emerging from the diverse facets and complexities of present day life, often exacerbated by lockdown. The students present the proposals and visions of a young generation that over recent months has rethought forms of living and urban contexts while confined to their own homes.
Lines in addition to temporal and spatial references guide visitors through the exhibition, retracing the past year and the design times of the work presented.
Claudio Larcher, NABA Design Area Leader
Claudio Larcher e Sovrappensiero Design Studio
Manal Abu Monassar
SPECIAL THANKS TO:
Fabio Lucarelli, Associazione Formidabile, Ginevra Stuto
Dots is a collection of furnishing elements that reinterpret the studded surface flooring designed by the Albini-Helg duo for Milan's underground: an iconic material, associated with public spaces. The project exploits the exceptionally high graphic value of the material and the variety of colours produced, imagining new use, dynamics and context parameters. Graphic composition and colour become the means to enhance and communicate new points of view for the material.
The projects roots are entrenched in world of graffiti and urban subcultures. Sfregio [disfigurement] evolves as a pretext to enhance the act of soiling, transferring it from the street to the domestic environment in the form of a provoking collection of furniture: decoration does not disfigure but characterises the elements. The project also focuses on the exclusive use of prefabricated materials used to make plasterboard walls, which have been adopted to create a cabinet, a coffee table and a floor lamp.
Natura [nature] creates a connection between the materials used—wood and linen—, and the place of their processing. The project enhances the uniqueness of individual albeit imperfect craftsmanship over mass production, arousing a new sense of belonging through a modern remodeling of the shapes while respecting their origins. The project focuses on the production objects, on the processes leading to their creation, giving prominence to the raw materials constituting them and the techniques used.
Overlap originates from studying new construction processes directed at creating objects based on stratification, using the observation of natural processes, such as the creation of stalagmites, as a starting point. The methodological criteria adopted, based on the uniqueness of each piece in terms of volume, function and aesthetics, is characteristic of this collection of 7 objects. The use of a fluorescent colour with varying shades imparts energy and visibility to the objects, while also producing an interactive dimension resulting from an almost ambiguous and mysterious sensorial perception.
POTTEREY OF LIFE
A collection of 21 instruments, a translation of the African decorative tradition, designed with the hand movements required to produce African ceramics in mind. The result is an ensemble that, through the language of design, decorates immediately and homogeneously with industrial textures yet to be exploited to decorate ceramics during the drying phase. This collection is presented in seven families divided according to the type of movement with which they are used or according to the techniques of use.
Circle, a removable urban structure made up of modular elements for outdoor public environments, originates from reflections on the relationship between man and space. By moving the different modules, the surrounding environment can be reorganised and redistributed to become more confined or open. In this way, the "distance" or "closeness" created influences situations and interactions brought into existence within the space, involving or excluding other individuals.