JUDGE PAOLA AN­TONELLI

CU­RA­TOR

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In her role as se­nior cu­ra­tor of the Ar­chi­tec­ture and De­sign de­part­ment at MOMA in New York, the Ital­ian-born An­tonelli has be­come known for her highly an­a­lyt­i­cal, an­thro­po­logic ap­proach. Un­sur­pris­ingly, she chose Mi­lan as Best City. ‘The Mi­lanese not only love de­sign, but truly live by it,’ she says. ‘They use it, they talk about it, they cri­tique it, they overdo it.’ Putting the city’s de­sign chops aside, how­ever, An­tonelli was quick to de­bunk the myth that the Mi­lanese are peren­ni­ally ele­gant. ‘They can be very re­strained, and that is un­der­stood as good taste. But they can be over the top. And, thank­fully, they can also dis­play a mod­icum of bad taste.’ An ex­am­ple of An­tonelli’s good taste, though, is her choice for this year’s Best House – Porky He­fer’s Nest in Namibia. ‘This dream house is like John Laut­ner meets Black Pan­ther.’

Pho­tog­ra­phy: Molly Mat­alon Writer: Pei-ru Keh

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