History, Memory and Tradition in the contemporary Italian Interior Design
In the Italian contemporary context, history, memory and tradition concerning places, architectures, interiors and furniture are very important considering that Italy is very well known for its architectural and artistic heritage, to which any modern and contemporary Italian designers have to deal with (from Franco Albini, Luigi Caccia Dominioni, Ignazio Gardella, Carlo Scarpa, Vittoriano Viganò, to Ugo La Pietra, Luca Scacchetti, Massimo Scolari,.. and many others).
The studio is based on a semester-long project, running from October(with initial research and other foundational material pertinent to the studio and project,including professors and guest lectures) to the end of January.
During the studio there will be explorations that may try to link the past, present and future to the contemporary world and sense of things. While explicit preservation and conservation are respected and valued, a progressive and open sense of heritage and history, fused with modernity and the contemporary conditions, will also be explored. This sense of continuity also strives for a comprehensive state of sustainability – in social, cultural, economic and ecological aspects.
The project site for this studio will be a historical location which presents an ideal laboratory for the investigation and expression of the above theme, and would also potentially facilitate very interesting processes and exposure of the work.
The site presents various typologies of spaces and places for the students to engage and the location can suggest the development of various kind of interiors (luxury and low cost) such as for housing, for hospitality, for education and for exhibition.
A design brand, dealing with the “Classic” vocabulary in interiors, furnishing and innovation may be involved in the studio and could offer an exposure during the Milanese International Furniture Fair 2017.
Biblographical references will be given during the course.
1st phase, individual work: research on the location and on historical topics concerning interior design (history of Interiors, styles, furniture, materials, architects and designers dealing with the relation between classic and contemporary languages)
2nd phase, team work: analysis and concept design on the design theme suggested by the faculty (housing, hospitality, education, exhibition,…) and target definition
3rd phase, team work: preliminary design, that includes proposal of layout, sketches, functional diagrams, study-models
4th phase, team work: design development, that includes the definition of all the aspects of the project depending on the theme.
An exhibition on the final projects of the studio will be organized to promote students works.
After the final exam, students will be selected for the development of the individual thesis.