Musée des Arts Décoratifs

“Jean Nouvel - Mes meubles d’architecte”
Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Parigi
27 October 2016  12 February 2017

“Je ne suis pas un designer, mais un architecte qui fait du design”. (I am not a designer, I am an architect who designs.) This is what Jean Nouvel has to say about his work creating furniture and objects. The result is gathered in a rich collection on exhibition from 27 October 2016 to 12 February 2017 at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris. More than 100 pieces of furniture will be distributed throughout the museum in a sort of dialogue with the permanent collections, including those dedicated to the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. All of the furnishings by Jean Nouvel for the Molteni Group will be on display. The architect has worked in collaboration with Molteni for over 20 years, beginning with the project for the Fondation Cartier (1994) and with the creation of a design icon of the 20th century, the Less table, which later evolved into LessLess and LessLess Color, with the sheet-metal being replaced by aluminum. Instantly recognizable, functional and above all lightweight, the table is manufactured by UniFor for office environments and is also proposed by Molteni&C for domestic use. The exhibition will also include Cases, a surprisingly simple and flexible modular office furnishing system, and the exclusive Table au KM, an extra-large table in solid wood, produced by in a limited edition of six versions and distributed by Gagosian Gallery and Gallerie Patrick Seguin.

Jean Nouvel's collaboration with the Molteni Group has consolidated over time with the execution of several major contract projects, office design projects and special exhibitions, in particular for UniFor.

XX1 Triennale Internazional Exhibition Milan 2016

Red Dot Award 
Communication Design 2016


Warm Modernity
Indian Architecture Building Democracy
Diocesan Museum, Milan

2 April - 12 September 2016

curated by Maddalena d’Alfonso
photos by Marco Introini

One of the official events of the XX1 International Triennale di Milano, “Design After Design,” the exhibition “Warm Modernity. Indian Architecture, Building Democracy” investigates the origins and fortunes of participatory architecture, inspired by Otto Koenigsberger's experiences in India and the protocol he developed in 1945 containing rules and economical guidelines for implementing the action-planning of cities.
The exhibition, based on a 5-year Indo-Italian research project, illustrates the consequences of democratic choice in independent India, its concrete existence and its globalized outcomes, which remain topical today. Four examples of Democratic New Towns are presented, Jamshedpur, Bhubaneswar, Faridabad and Chandigarh, the result of interplay between the ideas and experiences of Frey, Drew and Le Corbusier and those of their Indian counterparts, Varma, Doshi, Correa and Rewal. The cities are described in detail and documented by means of photographs of their current state, now as functional and interconnected as modern European cities.
The projects implemented by India during the process of its democratization can be considered the first step of the adoption of an inclusive system by newly independent countries.
UniFor is supporting the project in the role of technical sponsor.

Ca' Brütta 1921. Giovanni Muzio Opera Prima

Curated by Giovanni Tomaso Muzio and Giovanna Calvenzi

Castello Sforzesco, Milan
Sala del Tesoro - Sala Viscontea
15 April - 10 July 2016

photo exhibition Gianni Nigro

Castello Sforzesco in Milan is hosting an exhibition conceived and produced by Giovanni Tomaso Muzio, director of the Muzio Archives, and Giovanna Calvenzi, on the occasion of the first restoration of the building for conservation purposes. Now restored to its original appearance, the building tells an eclectic story of intertwining areas of expertise, opening a window onto society and raising questions on the nature of community in an expanding city.
Founder of the “Architectural – Urbanistic Movement of Renewal in Lombardy”, Giovanni Muzio designed more than 50 buildings in Milan over the course of the 20th century, leaving a deep mark on the city and bringing a new vision to its fabric. From the Bramante courtyards of the Catholic University to the Palazzo della Triennale, all of his works reflect the principle to which Muzio remained faithful throughout his life:
“There is no architecture without town-planning.”
The exhibition also features a presentation in the form of a large photographic album, the results of a new project that engaged 29 photographers, including Gianni Berengo Gardin, Giovanni Gastel and Francesco Radino, in investigating and reinterpreting Ca' Muzio through photographic images.

UniFor is a supporter of the project in the role of technical sponsor.