“È passato di qui…” [He came by…] exhibition
Now presenting “Lorenzo Damiani: senza stile” [Lorenzo Damiani: style-less]
The aim of the Achille Castiglioni Foundation, founded on 14 December 2011, is to offer immediate opportunities to young designers. To this end, during the 2012 Salone del Mobile trade show, it is offering the Achille Castiglioni Studio Museum for exhibitions of works by architects and designers espousing the Achille Castiglioni project philosophy. Lorenzo Damiani is the first guest to have been selected to share his way of designing with hundreds of visitors who, every day of the trade show, will pass through the Studio Museum.
As part of the “He came by…” exhibition season, Lorenzo Damiani will exhibit some of his projects currently under production, some he produced himself and a number of new ones, in an exhibition called “Lorenzo Damiani: style-less”, in which his design history will be revealed.
The aim of the exhibition, curated by Giovanna Castiglioni and Lorenzo Damiani, is simply to explain what designing means today, and sets out to show the analogies between the designs of two architects, Damiani and Castiglioni. We know this is not an easy task because the designers worked in – and were affected by – different historical times, but we are sure that, even today, it is still possible to design at professional level with passion and irony. The project is endorsed by Diamantini & Domeniconi and Calvasina, who have joined forces to actively support the project, presenting some of Lorenzo Damiani’s latest works.
For the occasion, two people who are very close to Achille Castiglioni and Lorenzo Damiani – the entrepreneur Giulio Cappellini and the design critic and historian Beppe Finessi – have been asked to write two critiques on the designers.
I am honoured to host Lorenzo Damiani in the studio my father Achille has worked in for 40 years. Lorenzo came here in 1996 and met Achille Castiglioni, who welcomed him and the other students with his usual zest for new ideas. In 1998 he awarded Lorenzo for his project “Packlight” lamp – which I, too, immediately fell in love with – for the “Youth Project” section of the Compasso d’Oro Award. With this project – and with many others as well, each very different to one another – Lorenzo sends a clear message to our consumerist society.
Young designer or youthful designer?
Well, I would say he is a good designer who loves his work – and can you tell!
Lorenzo Damiani communicates through objects. His projects are the result of numerous tests and trials with the workers and with the people who, for years, have been “hands-in” field.
Lorenzo has been designing for more than fifteen years. He focuses on his work, and is not interested in being in the limelight.
He loves his work, and continuously questions the status quo, by making and building, trying and trying again.
He has already designed about 100 works, and about a quarter of them are now being produced. Others are simply waiting for companies to accept the challenge, even in these difficult times, producing and giving everybody the chance to enjoy functional and yet ironic projects. Thank you, Lorenzo!
Lorenzo Damiani, born in 1972, graduated in architecture from the Milan Politecnico.
He specialises in furniture and product design, and has collaborated with a number of companies including Campeggi, Cappellini, Montina, Skitsch, Erreti, Coop, Illy Caffè, Refin, IB Rubinetterie, BBB EmmeBonacina, Lavazza, Ceramica Flaminia, Nodus, Diamantini & Domeniconi.
He has won several prizes. His “Flex” and “OnlyOne” projects form part of the permanent collection of the Chicago Museum of Architecture and Design.
In 2009, the Triennale Design Museum dedicated a solo exhibition to him, called “Ma Dove Sono Finiti gli Inventori? Lorenzo Damiani” [Where have all the inventors gone? Lorenzo Damiani], which was curated by Marco Romanelli.
And then we can see…
“He came by…” exhibition
Now presenting “Lorenzo Damiani: style-less”, from 17 April to 5 May 2012
Opening hours: 17 – 22 April, 10 am – 6 pm. Guided tours every hour on the hour (booking required)
Full tickets: €8, reduced tickets: €6.50 (for students and Triennale Design Museum ticket holders)
From 26 April booking is required to visit the exhibition (open Tuesday to Saturday) at 10, 11 or 12.
For further information please call the Studio Museum Achille Castiglioni on +39.02.8053606
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