DesignMiami/. In the 50s Italian maestro Gio Ponti realized in Caracas Villa Planchart, a stunning architecture sitting on the luxurious hills of the capital of Venezuela. Almost sixty years later in Miami, Galleria Rossella Colombari recreates the style of those interiors with an installation at DesignMiami/. ArchiPanic met Rossella to talk about how Italian design maestros still stand as a referring point in the worldwide design system.
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“My constructions are a play of spaces, surfaces, volumes which offer the viewer different perspectives” wrote once Gio Ponti. The Miami exhibition recreates the feel of Villa Planchart. The back and white floor as well as the colours and materials of the furniture recall the imprint of the architect, whilst the blu white panels on the walls refer to local style.
The Gio Ponti’s selection on show comprises a wooden bookcase, seatings, a pair consoles and a set of colourful ceramic plates. The exhibition includes also a marble table by Angelo Magiarotti, seatings by Carlo Mollino and a sofa by Carlo Graffi but also a fireplace sculpture by Arnaldo Pomodoro and a pair of pedestals by Andrea Branzi.
Which is the difference between now and then?
“Today architects and designers wants just to celebrate themselves with pr-driven or flamboyant pieces” says Rossella Colombari to ArchiPanic.
“The reason why vintage Italian design is still so important is that at the time architects and designers were enlightened bourgeois but also ambassadors of people’s wisdom. They were humbly linked to their society. The will to learn and improve came first without much fuss because intellectuals, craftmanship and rural lifestyle were strongly interlaced”.
Wich is the influence of this heritage today?
“I believe the imprint of Italian design culture is still there but must be conveyed more. That’s why during 2016 Milan Design Week we will inaugurate the exhibition ABITARE ITALIA -Living Italy. The gallery will become a design home-museum open to all those who want to re-discover the work of maestros from the past”.
How can Miami be a good platform for this Italian design exhibition?
“As an international platform DesignMiami/ grants a curious, aware and open minded base of collectors but also a fresh approach. Indeed the city itself represent a cultural meeting point including both the estabilished and the upcoming sides of North and South of America”.