Museo del Design 1880-1980 tells the intricate story of furniture design with one palpable theme: time. The exhibition was segmented into six different sections with iconic pieces from different moments in critical design history.
Form, function and aesthetic sensibility; Museo del Design 1880-1980 exists because of Musei Italiani, a newly founded organization that promotes Italy’s cultural heritage to set up a system of enterprise and value along with their main partner FARAM.
Design undoubtedly moves us. Whether it’s staring endlessly at the intricacies of the materials or noticing the style of the movement, one can contend that there is palpable life exuding from the pieces. Additionally, the pieces were displayed in such a way that the viewer had full access to the construction of the work, exemplifying the materials in pure form. It was truly an intimate relationship between product and viewer.
Yet if the spectator had never heard of the Modern Movement or Frank Lloyd Wright, they could still revel in the masterpiece of the Barrel chair, circa 1937, discover the iconic lounge chair of Le Corbusier, see art influence design with Red & Blue by Gerrit Thomas Rietveld, or revel in the style of Charles & Ray Eames. This is the significance of design and its pieces, pervasively changing the human condition.
“The mission of the museum is to show this fantastic and unique collection. It’s unique in the world that you can see so many objects that tell a story like this one”, Federico Bonadeo, CEO of Musei Italiani said.
Regarding the exhibit and new space, Mary Zurigo, General Manager for Musei Italian said, “I think it’s a powerful starting point in regards to what it means to open a new space in Milan. Inviting people to take part in the discussion and reflection of design”.
Musei del Design 1880-1980 curator Giovanni Klaus Koenig chose what he believed were the most important pieces from the past 100 years (1880-1980). On the exhibition, Klaus Koenig writes:
But what is the purpose of design? Does it move us like great works of art? What does it symbolize? Where does design end and architecture and art begin? We must ponder these questions in order to understand the messages, which permeate through the pieces. Such is why Milano is a place to BE!
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