A new space for art opened up during the Salone this year just off corso Buenos Aires. The 1950s ex-industrial space is a former garage and is called…wait for it… Garage Milano…It opened with a show called Revival in which the gallery invited the participating artists and designers to creatively re-think objects and furnishings through a conceptual up-cycling… here is the space and some of the works:
This is Like a Tree n.1, n.2, n.3 by Richard woods
aarghhhhh! – not the title, just me irritated as i cant work out who made this work, and i like it! How annoying!!
Ventura, Lambrate are areas in Milan – a bit less central than the rest of the Fuori Salone, but there is still a lot of stuff there. Actually there was a lot of controversy around the decision to give Ikea a gi-normous warehouse space in the area to “present” their new collection…which looks pretty much like any Ikea store really….WHATEVER…I ignore them and pursue potentially more interesting stuff…getting lost a lot on the way.
My crazy world by Emmanuelle Legavre
Face to face by Brian Fransten
I tend to like carpets used in art, think it’s the best place for them, hate them on the floor…here danish carpet manufacturer Ege carpets teamed up with designer Brian Brandsen to create this three dimensional carpet excavation/drawing… face to face.
As ever am a sucker for sheer spectacle, and throw in a bit of state of the art technology and that will do nicely for me, so i was happy to spend some time just looking at shiny, flashy things in the canon installations for “In the Forest”:
“Fall in pop” by Mintdesigns, Nobuhiro Shimura and LUFTZUG
Fall in Pop is made up of 3D screens made from draped fabric in which motifs are projected, filling the space with light and colour. The sculptural form is meant to give the feeling of waterfalls as images trickle down the textile.
Also part of In the Forest – Japanese architect Ryuji Nakamura and imaging artist Nobuhiro Shimuraa are responsible for ‘spring‘, a cube-like matrix structure made-up of piano wires which are arranged in a lattice format. Images are projected on the floor:
Chairs at the Salone di Milano 2012…I really liked these Iperbolica chairs by Alessandro Ciffo, exhibited in the Triennale….they had tremendous presence in the flesh, especially this one below that looks as though it was hewn from a giant blob of paint:
…and then there were the swinging chairs…everyone had decided to dangle their seating from the ceiling…