50 Years of Design

11 marzo 2019

Palazzo of Brera
Via Brera 28 - Milano
installation by Ron Gilad

8 - 14 April 2019
Monday - Saturday 10am - 9pm
Sunday 10am - 7pm

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For the occasion, during the Milan Design Week, UniFor presents a prestigious multimedia installation curated by Ron Gilad at Palazzo of Brera, home of important institutions such as the Academy of Fine Arts and the Pinacoteca di Brera. In the Cortile d'Onore, in the Sala Napoleonica and in the Sala della Passione, for the first time, Ron Gilad links UniFor’s industrial culture with the educational values of one of Italy’s oldest schools, the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera, and with the masterpieces of art history conserved in the Pinacoteca di Brera. An extension of the installation will take place in the historical Showroom of the Company, in Corso Matteotti 14 in Milan, presenting highlights from the past and the present of UniFor.
For its first 50 years UniFor is retracting five key decades in the history of Italian design and telling and telling the story of its own historic journey in a new book edited by Fulvio Irace, with graphics by Pierluigi Cerri, and published by Skira.

50 years of an Italian success story: the life of a company, UniFor, that has propelled Italian design to international prominence. Projects, products, architects, and designers in a book that reconstructs the backstage and originality of a production method and system centered on the spaces that foster community.
The story begins in the 1970s in Turate, in the province of Como, when Angelo Mangiarotti designed the first headquarters and plant, to be gradually enlarged as the business grew. The model factory was based on a system of vertical integration that permitted obsessive attention to quality control, while the classic simplicity of the campus became a living manifesto of the company’s spirit of enterprise.
It was no coincidence that Angelo Mangiarotti also designed one of UniFor’s first successful furniture series, the 4D, alongside another bestseller and longseller, the Modulo 3 by Bob Noorda and Franco Mirenzi. These were joined over the years by more extraordinary and iconic products: Naòs System by Studio Cerri & Associati, Less by Jean Nouvel, Element Office Collection by Foster+Partners, MDL System by Michele de Lucchi, Parete AP by Andrée Putman, Moodway by Fernando Urquijo, Flipper FortyFive by Pagani and Perversi, Régua by Álvaro Siza, the Parigi chair by Aldo Rossi, and many others.

L'anello mancante

10 gennaio 2019

Sala Gian Ferrari,
Museo MAXXI, Rome
Edited by Margherita Guccione
and Pippo Ciorra

from 07th December 2018  
to 03rd March 2019

“A missing link is the element that connects distant parts of a broken, open chain. We need them often these days. More and more links are needed to connect the multiple ramifications of social, political, economic, cultural and even moral relationships. But we also need links that can physically connect, in real life, the ideas of fullness and emptiness, of closed space and open space, of container and content.” The above is how Michele De Lucchi introduced the design theme of his site-specific installation for this edition.
Engineered and fabricated entirely by UniFor, L’Anello mancante is an installation consisting of a metal construction covered with a shell of rectangular shingles in HI-MACS® solid surface material.

The Power of the Archive. Renzo Piano Building Workshop

20 ottobre 2018

Milano Design Film Festival 
25-28 October 2018

 


A film by Francesca Molteni, curated by Fulvio Irace

The archive of an architectural practice is a deposit of heterogeneous materials (drawings, models, documents, photographs, voice and audiovideo recordings, etc.) that reflect the identity and thinking of the architect and his or her design methods. It is capable of triggering new investigations and pathways, satisfying curiosities, sparking doubts and uncertainties, generating additional interpretations, and bringing the contents of history to the attention of future generations. 
“Il Potere dell’Archivio. Renzo Piano Building Workshop,” a film directed by Francesca Molteni and curated by Fulvio Irace, narrates the creation, the structure, the organization, the function and the plans for the future of the Project Archive of the Renzo Piano Building Workshop. 
Some of the conceptual drawings and sketches, design drawings, models, renderings, working drawings and construction details are on display at the Fondazione Renzo Piano, while the rest is preserved in a 3000-sq m converted factory in Genoa. According to the persons in contact with the archival materials on a daily basis, whose job it is to safeguard and organize them, the RPBW is a place of experimentation. It is described by a metaphor of a seaport, in which materials come and go, with every exit and every return bringing with it something new, perhaps completely unexpected, that enriches its communication potential. 
“Il Potere dell’Archivio” premiered in the UK on 22 September 2018, at the Royal Academy of Arts of London – which has been hosting the exhibition “Renzo Piano. The Art of Making Buildings” since September 15 – and in Italy on 5 October at the Museo MAXXI in Rome, on the occasion of the Open House festival of architecture. The film will also be shown at the Milano Design Film Festival (25-28 October 2018). 
The film is promoted by UniFor in collaboration with the Molteni Museum.

Film profile
Curated by: Fulvio Irace with the Fondazione Renzo Piano and the Renzo Piano Building Workshop
Director: Francesca Molteni
Editing: Veronica Scotti
Executive producer: Claudia Adragna
Year: 2018
Length: 35 minutes
Country: Italy
Production: Muse
Language: Italian/English
Original music: Fabrizio Campanelli
Website: www.museweb.it