Surrealism gets its own back
Banning rules and borders, realizing hitherto unachievable ideas, spreading messages of irony and awe. Creativity forgoes logic, but not its function. Ready to dream?
Looking back at what we were shown by the Milan furniture week and Miart, but also observing the international scene, we notice a strong desire to shake off dogmas, give free rein to imagination and contaminate disciplines. This is all happening in fashion, design, luxury, and even in art. Let’s call it Neo Surrealism. “Working on a big installation of coloured sponges, the laboratory and all our tools gradually turned blue. Every evening we would hang our work gloves on the wall. We found this image striking and something bigger than a little voice told us it would become a lamp!” says Ingo Maurer, talking about the genesis of The Luzys glove shaped lamp collection. Ron Gilad, as the artistic director of Danese, creates amazing “minimum yet never minimal objects. I imagine them ready to serve dual needs, offering visual surprises every time,” he tells us. Sara Ricciardi, with her Arcadia installation at the Fuorisalone, explored the issue of the ‘ legacy’ requested by curator Alice Stori Liechtenstein relative to her castle/ residence for designers in Austria. “I imagined a maxi ball adorned with decorations inspired by the castle’s seventeenth- century wallpaper, for playing with. A very simple yet hugely impacting installation.” In contrast with the Sony one that is all about new- gen technology: family photos migrating out of paper albums to become digital projects with a wave of the hand, bookcase shelves changing texture with the simple placing of an ornament... surreal, yet real and there for the touching!
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