CONTEMPORARY DESIGN SELECTION
Also at the Casartelli Museum, the Contemporary Design Selection was showcased in the hitherto private Sala Nobel, featuring an exhibition of works produced by independent designers from all over the world, thanks to a collaboration with the Catawiki online auction platform that fully embraced the Festival’s theme of neo-nomadism, as well as providing a commercial solution for the creative diaspora shaped by the new migrations.
It was an electic selection, championing works designed to represent the connection between people in the furthest-flung, liminal places; one such is the They Told Me chair by the cosmopolitan Duyi Han, a sort of paean to the loneliness of long-distance relationships which, at the feet of the chair, turns into an exhortation to flying, with the airport codes of the world’s largest cities embroidered on the fabric. Piscuni by Studio Foro, was born of a propitious encounter with a 93-year-old Chilean woman named Assunta, whose attachment to her country inspired the work, fashioned from local marble. It is interesting to think that, thanks to this auction, these products, narrators of the handing down of parallel yet compatible traditions and cultures, will have found a new use, a new owner and a new meaning.