Design week has started in Milan!
Alongside with the confusion and the hustle, the thrill around the events and the expositions, sometimes you can find real gems around the city. This year is the case of LaRinascente department store, that, in collaboration with the Serpentine Galleries (London), has commissioned the Italian artist and designer Martino Gamper to create a site-specific installation for the front store displays and arcades of the flagship store in Piazza Duomo.
This original project involves the creation of eight mini workstations, in which local artisans will repair objects under the direct guidance of the artist. Old shoes, toys, chairs, clothes, books, bicycles and electronic devices will be given a whole new life! In fact, they will be repaired, some of them with the little help of a 3D printer, and transformed into a unique piece of design.
I believe Milan needs this kind of initiaves and not anymore all those lifeless cocktail party into someone’s boutique, to introduce a little bit of international creativity into our own italian traditions, to transform our views and, as this event suggests, to appraise the intrinsic creativity of what stands around us.