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Triennale di Milano reconstructs room from Ettore Sottsass’s Casa Lana


This video, shared solely with Dezeen, reveals the residing space of a Milanese residence by Memphis Group founder Ettore Sottsass being dismantled and rebuilt inside town’s Triennale di Milano museum.


The residence, named Casa Lana, was initially designed by the Italian architect in 1965 for his shut acquaintance Giovanni Lana, a lithographer and printer.

Dining area with wooden chairs surrounded by built-in wooden shelving and magenta carpet in living room of the Casa Lana installation at Triennale di Milano, Italy
The lounge of Casa Lana has been reconstructed contained in the Triennale di Milano

Now, with the assistance of donations from the architect’s widow Barbara Radice Sottsass, Casa Lana’s brightly-hued front room has been reconstructed throughout the Triennale di Milano as a part of a everlasting new set up.

Italian architect Stefano Boeri, who’s the museum’s president, mentioned placing the Sottsass-designed room on show to the general public is like “giving the world a beautiful shock”.

Dining table set-up next to wooden enclosure with built-in storage and seating designed by Ettore Sottsass
On the coronary heart of the area is a wood enclosure with built-in shelving and sofas

“Milan is now residence to an genuine time machine, created by one of many worldwide geniuses of the 20th century,” Boeri mentioned.

Workers from the archive and restoration crew on the Triennale di Milano visited Casa Lana and punctiliously documented the structure of the lounge earlier than taking it aside piece by piece.

Wooden desk next to plastic white chair in Casa Lana installation
Different furnishings components such because the desk are pushed to the periphery of the room

The elements had been then transported to the museum and painstakingly put again collectively to type a show on the primary flooring.

On the coronary heart of the room is a three-sided wood enclosure, the place Lana would retreat to take heed to music or conversate with friends. Inside, there is a trio of sofas – two upholstered in indigo-blue cloth and the third in an identical pink hue to the magenta carpet.

Wood-panelled corridor with magenta carpet and artwork in living room designed by Ettore Sottsass and reconstructed at Triennale di Milano, Italy
Daring magenta-pink carpet runs all through the room

Winding across the high of the construction are a couple of built-in cabinets the place artworks and different ornaments might be displayed. There are additionally a few sq. openings inset with beaded wood screens.

Past the enclosure, the remainder of the room has been stored largely open plan as Sottsass wished it to have a piazza-like structure that allowed inhabitants to roam and work together freely.

In consequence, furnishings objects like storage cabinets and desks are pushed to the room’s periphery.

All through 2022, a collection of Sottsass-focused exhibitions will run alongside the Casa Lana show, put collectively by Triennale di Milano curator Marco Sammicheli and designed by Christoph Radl, who was a frequent collaborator of the Memphis Group founder.

The present present, Struttura e Colore, makes use of work, pictures and drawings to look at Sottsass’s curiosity in day by day rituals and home areas.

Entrance to Ettore Sottsass installation at Triennale di Milano with built-in wooden storage and marble counter
A marble-topped counter supplies storage subsequent to the doorway

Il Calcolo, which is ready to run from Could to November, will have a look at how the designer’s work intersected with expertise.

The third present, La Parola, will kick off in December 2022 and delve into the narrative and literary significance of Sottsass’s designs.

Entrance to Casa Lana: Ettore Sottsass exhibition at Triennale di Milano, Italy with blue and red resin panels
The set up is on Triennale di Milano’s first flooring

Different main reveals going down on the museum this yr embrace the twenty third version of the Triennale Milano Worldwide Exhibition.

Below the theme Unknown Unknowns: An Introduction to Mysteries, it should see scientists, artists and intellectuals from throughout the globe collaborate to reply advanced questions on human existence.

The images is by Gianluca Di Ioia.

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