The first Lake Como Design Fair, at Teatro Sociale Como,
from 20th to 23rd September 2018
Opening Wednesday 19th September, from 7 pm to 10 pm (by invitation)
Open to the public from 20th to 23rd September, from 10 am to 7 pm
(entry 10 euros)
The historical Teatro Sociale Como opens its doors to the public on the occasion of the first Lake Como Design Fair: a wholly new event bringing together the works of Italian and international designers, editors and galleries.
The fair will feature an original selection of objects and furniture, curated by Margherita Ratti, leading the visitor on a journey through the foyer and the main rooms of the theatre, creating a dialogue with the external architecture where rationalist buildings such as the ex Casa del Fascio interact with the adjacent cathedral and the theatre itself.
MLE09, Morten Løbner Espersen / Escale.01 stool, Courtesy of Officine Saffi, Italy Nicolas Verschaeve, France
In the Sala Bianca, a selection of seats are arranged in parallel lines like an imaginary theatre parterre. The Sala Turca hosts a collection of vases and containers of all shapes, sizes and forms. In the Sala Pasta, an arrangement of screens delinate the space and articulate the visitors’ presence. The Sala Zodiaco exhibits a selection of works on paper, silk-screen prints, engravings, artists’ books and multiples, immersed in it’s hand-painted walls.
Each work on display is also available for purchase. A publication with a critical introduction by Oscar Duboÿ and a guide distributed at the entrance provide useful information about all that lies within the exhibition. A site specific project for the lounge bar and the bookshop has been created by the designers Draga&Aurel, in collaboration with Demosmobilia and Battilossi.
Lake Como Design Fair is part of a cultural initiative from Wonderlake Como Association, aiming to support and promote awareness of the beauty and heritage of Lake Como, while seeking to encourage people to discover the historical sites of the area.
The selected objects and furniture by designers, architects and artists have a link to the surroundings in which they will be presented, the Teatro Sociale.
Divided into three categories (chairs, vases and screens), each work was created by both emerging and established designers including Mattia Bonetti, Andrea Branzi, Konstantin Grcic, Donald Judd, Giorgia Zanellato, Giuseppe Arezzi, Cara Davide, Jonas Lutz, Thelonious Goupil, Dean Brown, David Dubois, Stories of Italy, DWA design studio, among many others. Also present in the fair are designers represented by manufacturers (Thonet, Alias, Desalto and Tubes), design editors (Perfect Documents and Paradiso Terrestre) and galleries including Camp Design Gallery, Atelier Jespers, Cabana Mad, The Impermanent Collection, A1043, Galleria Salvatore Lanteri and Officine Saffi.
Certain objects on display were specially produced for the event including screens by Duccio Maria Gambi and Paolo Russo; chairs by Pierre Gonalons, Leonard Kadid and Celia-Hannes; and vases by Handmade Industrials, Anne Breton and Matthias Kaiser.
An additional section will feature graphic works connected to the design world by Pierre Charpin, Michele De Lucchi, Alexander Zhu, Elvire Bonduelle, Paolo Gonzato, and others.
In the exhibition rooms, the intentionally minimal scenography will allow for a dialogue between the objects and the interior setting of the theatre that hosts them.
Design editor, expert in communication and development strategies and anticipator of trends, Margherita Ratti (born and raised in Como) currently lives and works in Paris.
Having studied architecture at the Politecnico di Milano and contemporary art at the Sorbonne, Margherita divides her time between design and architecture, exploring, producing and promoting new and future projects. Previously artistic director of the Galerie Italienne, specialised in the production of limited design editions, she also conceived LAN Architecture’s communication strategy and developed their cross-media projects. She has co-curated at MoMO Galerie with the artist and photographer Romaric Tisserand and since 2012 has collaborated with the engineering firm Bollinger+Grohmann in Paris. Margherita is the founder of IT’S GREAT DESIGN.
Lake Como Design Fair Contacts
Teatro Sociale Como founder & fair curator
Via Bellini 3, Como
founder & fair director
Lake Como Design Fair
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