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IN Residence promotes contemporary design research through a set of closely correlated activities: an annual theme-oriented workshop, talks, exhibitions and a string of publications.

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The IN Residence project is about design culture, taken as a process for organizing creative resources useful for generating innovative ideas and expressing solutions capable of benefiting people and conveying emotion.
IN Residence wants to contribute to contemporary debate as it searches for an up-to-date definition for the word "design", proposing conversation as a privileged means of analysis and further study.
IN Residence encourages the activity of storytelling, personal tales, taking it for granted that narration is inevitable, because the world in which we live has discursive connotations and because narration itself is the best means of transmitting the value of personal experiences.
The IN Residence project is composed of a set of closely correlated parts; in addition to the main event, an annual theme-oriented workshop (IN R / W: Workshop), the general programme also includes a string of exhibitions (IN R / E: Exhibition), a collection of publications (IN R / D: Diary), a collection of fresh hand made goods (IN R / C: Collectable) and a series of public meetings held on a non-regular basis entitled "Design That Talks!".
Talisman: the Book

With “Talisman: Contemporary Symbolic Objects” the path of reflection organized and nurtured with constant continuity by the IN Residence project, from the outset, is enhanced by a new, significant episode.

The group exhibition on talismans presents a large series of one-offs created for the occasion by designers who have taken part in the IN Residence project over the years. The aim is to represent, through a remarkably wide range of “conceptually active” objects, the full spectrum of reflections on a symbolic artifact of extraordinary evocative power.

The book abiut the content of the group exhibition is published by Corraini.

Talisman: the exhibition

IN Residence Exhibition

TALISMAN

Contemporary Symbolic Objects

IN Residence is proud to present the group show “Talisman, Contemporary Symbolic Objects” in the magnificent setting of Palazzo Clerici in Milan. The exhibition, with an exclusive display design, presents 46 contemporary talismans, one-of-a-kind pieces made for the occasion by 46 designers who over the years have taken part in the IN Residence project.

The Designers that takes part in the exhibition are: 45 kilo / Antonio Aricò / Marjan van Aubel / Atelier NL / AUT / Ferréol Babin  / BCXSY / Pieke Bergmans / Julien Carretero / Matteo Cibic / Ciszak Dalmas / Commonplace / Daphna Laurens / Jonas Edvard / Germans Ermičs  / Faberhama / Jean-Baptiste Fastrez / Laureline Galliot / Gionata Gatto / Gero Grundmann / Pepe Heykoop / Marlène Huissoud / Kolk & Kusters / Lanzavecchia + Wai / Fernando Laposse / Julia Lohmann / Carlo Lorenzetti / Andrea Magnani / Philippe Malouin / Sabine Marcelis / Peter Marigold / Jo Meesters / Minale-Maeda / Mischer’Traxler / Itay Ohaly / Chiara Onida / OS ∆ OOS / Liliana Ovalle / Lex Pott / Julie Richoz / Nick Ross / Birgit Severin / ShiKai Tseng / Philipp Weber / Giorgia Zanellato / Anke Zedelius

Diary #10

This Diary, whose content is organized in a way similar to its predecessors, is of very particular symbolic value for us: with “Imaginative Rituals” the series of publications of the IN Residence project reaches its tenth volume, an extraordinarily important milestone for an adventure shared with many people, which over time has granted us countless gratifications and emotions.
The ten books offer valuable commentary on ten episodes of experimentation that stand out for the desire to activate an open dialogue among many protagonists of contemporary experimental design. The volumes have appeared on an annual basis, in keeping with a regularly incremented sequence, forming a sum along a continuous line that has investigated a series of themes considered symptomatic of the moment, macro-sensors of trends or claims expressed by the societies of the present.

Workshop # 10

The theme of the investigation conducted by this edition of the workshop, in keeping with a praxis that has become established over the previous years, is identified by a title that contains two words in a reciprocal relationship.
The combination of the two words in the formula “Imaginative Rituals,” finally, suggests a recurring ability to stimulate the imagination through the exercise of practices, actions and gestures useful to create particular, specific conditions.

Can design, in general, be the expression of a ritual praxis useful to invoke particular visions or to stimulate the appearance of a sequence of images that can be interpreted in keeping with a certain sense of narration, though in an abstract way? What requirements should or could a designed object have in order to be considered compatible with or necessary in the exercise of a given ritual behavior? What type of values could it embody? What categories of emotions could it stimulate? What new rituals – in keeping with which liturgies – could be practiced through these objects?

Diary # 9

“Visibile Invisible” is the topic of research approached by IN Residence in the 9th edition of its thematic workshop. In continuity with the previous investigations undertaken by the program, the approach confirms the intent to see design as a tool for decoding, comprehension and translation of contemporary reality.
In this scenario, designers take on a decisive role, becoming the subjects entrusted with the study, interpretation and revelation of the “non-visible,”of whatever embodies the urgencies and necessities to which the intuitions and practices of design activity set out to respond.

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Workshop # 9

The general theme of this year’s workshop “VISIBLE INVISIBLE” gives an opportunity to develop a research on how the objects and spaces that surround us are perceived by users.
“Visibile Invisible” sets out to organize a reflection on the different modalities through which design plays the role of decoding instrument to translate and understand contemporary life.
In this scenario, designers have a fundamental social role, as they study the signals revealing the ‘invisible’, acting as clairvoyants with a hidden sensitivity and a sharp clarity of mind that is combined with the creative ability of giving a shape to what is intended to become visible and therefore perceivable.
How many are the daily needs – both big and small – that are still unknown, not codified or translated into an understandable language for the majority of people or not entirely part of a system, therefore impossible to share on a collective basis, that need to earn the dimension and dignity of those themes we measure the quality of contemporary life on?
What part of our liveable space includes ‘possibilities’ and ‘opportunities’ that are still ‘invisible’, as they are not perceived or not immediately evident?
Which actions, structures and infrastructures, devices or events is it necessary to foresee and project in order to create and empathy between the places we live in and ourselves? In order to create fully participated environments, both vital and inspirational for a continuous improvement?

Collectable # 0

IN Residence / Collectable

“The Reading Ritual”, designed by Barbara Brondi & Marco Rainò, is the Collectable #0, the pilot project that represents the “manifesto of intent” for a new collection of fresh hand made goods.

IN Residence Collectable will present, in time, an original series of works that are designed following the logic of a “system”, also intended as aggregates, and even if they fulfil a precise functional necessity they possess a highly loaded conceptual or symbolic character, wishing to stimulate critical reflection and debate with reference to a specific theme. Every piece is designed exclusively for the collection by some of the many designers that have taken part in the IN Residence project and will be produced in manufacturing centres of excellence, with the intent to express the significant material quality and manifest the experience and competence of a category of artisans of great merit.
IN Residence Collectable, has the ambition to present itself as a research and experimentation brand in the near future, with the wish to examine different distribution and market access strategies, that through the issue of small series of objects characterized by a refined execution, can qualify themselves as bearers of significant cultural values and activate stimulating and lively narrations.

IN Residence / THE READING RITUAL

A brass framework
A marble slab
Five platonic solids.
 
A small chamber cosmogony.
 
The books are the roots of my knowledge.
Of my personality.
Of my private cosmos.
 
Reading is my declaration of independence.
My astral voyage.
My encyclopaedial universe.
 
A ritual.
A ceremony.
A parenthesis of time of pure devotion.

“The Reading Ritual” is the Collectable number zero: This unique piece, fabricated from brass with vibratory finishing and Dark Emperador marble is a structure made up of three frames coupled together with five small, regular polyhedrons.
Conceived as a “minimal bookcase”, it pairs a module with limited space for books with a reading platform that contains some symbolic objects to augment the readers’ experience.
Depending on the books’ dimensions, it will be possible to store or to display a limited number of volumes following the rules stimulated by the desire of selection, choice, preference or of separation from a whole that becomes symbolically significant. It is through the books’ titles towards which we orientated our preferences, their textual content or their images, that we communicate an intention, an expressive will or in a broader sense, a message.
In the project, the reading is accompanied and helped by a family of small objects, each one with a precise function that takes symbolic form in the five platonic solids, reunited here to represent emblematically the geometries that signify a universe created in relation to knowledge.
With “The Reading Ritual” the dimensions of the ceremony are gifted to the reading time; it is a project that speaks of affection, ideals, also of personal obsession, as the wiliness to represent the individual identities through the selection of “key” texts. It is a small architecture, a device to reveal the ritual of reading connected to the pleasure and the marvel of expanding our knowledge.
Above all, the project Collectable #0 intends to propose itself as an object with which you can establish an important relationship, even affectionate, as an instrument for exploration, a way of finding the necessary concentration in order to learn and consequently expand our private “cosmos”.
Sheltering our most precious books in an “open case”, we declare our affection for these paper objects that have been chosen with care and attention, while cultivating interest for the experience connected to reading on digital device that the contemporaneity offers us.

THE READING RITUAL, 2015

Vibratory finished full section brass
Vibratory finished brass sheet
Dark Emperador Marble
Azurite
Natural Leather
Optical lens
 

“The Reading Ritual” is designed by Barbara Brondi & Marco Rainò, conceivers and curators of the IN Residence project, architects and designers, founders of the studio BRH+ based in Turin.

Diary # 8

Shortly after the previous, intense experience at the XIV Biennale di Architettura di Venezia, the eighth edition of the IN Residence thematic workshop confirms the project’s vocation to accomplish a “participatory reflection” on some specific and significant aspects of contemporary design thinking. With “Resonance Tuning”, this edition’s work group turned their attention towards the different and possible manifestations of the close relationship that binds individuals to objects, according to a manner of connecting – that is undoubtedly personal, in some cases intimate – that can reveal different levels of “affection”, “asymmetric empathy” or “resonance”.

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Diary # 7

The seventh volume of the Design Dialogues series is devoted to a workshop experience held in the context of the Swiss Summer School: during a week-long residence at the Swiss Pavilion in the Giardini della Biennale di Venezia, the site of a programme of activities involving the world’s best universities and educational-training experiences, the IN Residence project developed an original thematic study that produced surprising results.

Featuring contributions from Hans Ulrich Obrist, Lorenza Baroncelli, Gianluigi Ricuperati and Jan Boelen, this “diary” bears witness to the intensity of an extraordinary event and celebrates the vitality of a project of reflection and research that is unique in its genre.

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Workshop # 8

Workshop # 8 – Resonance Tuning

Du Parc Contemporary Suites, Torino

8-11 October 2014

Workshop #8 of the IN Residence series titled “Resonance Tuning”, offers interaction between the invited guest designers Faberhama, Laureline Galliot, Os & Oos, Julie Richoz, Marjan van Aubel and Philipp Weber with a selected number of students coming from four design schools (Disegno Industriale – Politecnico di Torino, IAAD, IED in Turin and Domus Academy in Milan).

With the theme “Resonance Tuning” the IN Residence programme continues its path of research and analysis, one that is mainly oriented towards a reflection on the nature of the relationship between individuals and objects and on the experience that can come from, or can be associated with, the comparison.

Workshop # 7

Workshop # 7 - Today Was Tomorrow
La Biennale di Venezia 2014
Swiss Pavilion, Giardini della Biennale
9-13 September 2014

Workshop #7 of the IN Residence series, offers interaction between the invited guest designers Antonio Aricò, Atelier NL, Daphna Laurens, Itay Ohaly, Brynjar Sigurðarson e Studio Swine with a selection of students from some of the most interesting and prestigious universities across Europe: the Design Academy Eindhoven, IUAV in Venice, ECAL in Lausanne, the Industiral Design course at the Politecnico di Torino and IAAD in Turin.

“Today Was Tomorrow” is the topic chosen by the curators in order to create an opportunity for comparison, for dialogue, a useful exercise to formulate a reflection on the potential of objects, in an attempt to describe their possible predisposition to become instruments capable of triggering or effectuating a transformation that happens today to the benefit of tomorrow.

Desiderabilia / Milan

DESIDERABILIA_About Desirable Things

April 8th – 13th 2014
Ventura Lambrate / via Ventura 6, 20134 Milano

Tuesday April 8th / Saturday April 12th 10am / 8pm
Sunday April 13th 10am / 6pm
Open Evening Wednesday April 9th 8pm / 10pm

Desire lies at the essence of every human existence and it defines the relationship between subjects and objects by generating a mutual recognition of individual identities.
For this exhibition IN Residence asked 25 international designers to design their own personal “object of desire”. These objects will be on show in a dreamlike “Wünschenkammer” setting, useful to stimulate a consideration about the concepts of pleasure and happiness.
DESIDERABILIA is an experiment, an acknowledgement and a survey on the conditionings that more or less unconsciously steer our individual choices and ambitions.

A group exhibition curated by Barbara Brondi & Marco Rainò
With original works by: 45 kilo, Anton Alvarez, AUT + Chiara Onida, BCXSY, Julien Carretero, Matteo Cibic, Ciszak – Dalmas, Commonplace, Jean-Baptiste Fastrez ,FormaFantasma, Tomáš Gabzdil Libertiny, Hilda Hellström, Pepe Heykoop, Kolk & Kusters, Lanzavecchia + Wai, Andrea Magnani, Philippe Malouin, Peter Marigold, Minale – Maeda, Mischer’Traxler, Liliana Ovalle, Lex Pott, Studio Besau-Marguerre, Poetic Lab, Giorgia Zanellato

Diary # 6

(ITA) Diary

The new book of the IN Residence’s series published by Corraini – Diary #6 – will be launched and presented as a preview on the occasion of the Milan design Week.

This “Diary” features an overview of the sixth edition of the workshop titled “Identity Detectors” where the guest designers Anton Alvarez, Jean-Baptiste Fastrez, Hilda Hellström, Kolk & Kusters, Commonplace and Giorgia Zanellato worked with a group of selected students investigating the mechanism that makes an object become the means through which an identity is revealed.

The sixth edition of the IN Residence workshop – described in the pages of this “Diary” – critically studies the issue of “Identity Detectors”, adding a fresh chapter of inquiry to a format for discussing contemporary design, which, although already firmly established based on a recurring organisational approach, is updated every year thanks to the brand-new combination of people taking part and the quality of their contributions.

Devised to be across-the-board, unmediated interaction between talented designers and carefully selected students, this experimental workshop assigns dialogue the task of testing out the effectiveness of “design thinking” as a means of significant expression and transversal exploration.

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Workshop # 6

Workshop # 6 – Identity Detectors
Du Parc Contemporary Suites, Torino
9-12 October 2013

Workshop #6 of the IN Residence series titled “Identity Detectors”, offers interaction between the invited guest designers Anton Alvarez, Jean-Baptiste Fastrez, Hilda Hellström, Maarten Kolk & Guus Kusters, Jon Stam and Giorgia Zanellato with a selection of students from the four schools of Turin that have design courses. The starting point for this workshop is the assumption that objects can release and amplify the characteristics of a precise identity and that objects can translate and transfer relevant cultural and social values. The workshop focuses on the question: “Which requirements must objects have in order to be revealers of individualism or to be transformed into affirmation devices of personality characteristics?”

Diary # 5

After the editions on “Nature Through Artifice” (2008), “Matter Matters” (2009), “Visualising Transformation” (2010) and “Sense Memory” (2011), the IN Residence project now turns its attention to “Little Daily Wonders”, adding a new chapter of reflection to an original path of exploration that has few parallels in the contexts of study programmes, debate and analysis dedicated to contemporary design.

This Diary, complimenting the other titles in the series, reports on the guidelines and the outcomes of the workshop on the theme of “wonder”, to be understood as the feeling of unconditional amazement, or surprise, that is stimulated through interaction with an object. Through “Daily Little Wonders”, the opportunity is offered to assess how the business element that is inherent to the design process can have a responsibility to influence the quality of life of each individual, participating in the minute context of the single moments that make up his daily life and equipping his personal habitat with “sensitive” physical presences that, in addition to their functional details, can establish dialogue with his emotions.

The designers involved in “Little Daily Wonders” are: 45 Kilo, Humans Since 1982, Andrea Magnani, Lex Pott, ShiKai Tseng and Bethan Laura Wood.

The last section of this book, arranged as a booklet, collects some notes relating to the four-stage European trip of the collective exhibition “Another Terra / Home Away from Home”, produced by IN Residence, and featuring a special themed collection of new designer objects created specially for the collection.

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Workshop # 5

Workshop # 5 – Little Daily Wonders

Du Parc Contemporary Suites, Turin (Italy)

13-17 November 2012

Designer:

45 Kilo, Humans Since 1982, Andrea Magnani, Lex Pott, ShiKai Tseng, Bethan Laura Wood

Theme:

“Little Daily Wonders” is the topic chosen by the curators in order to address the research during this year’s intensive workshop; the protagonists of the new edition are six young talents who’s research is concentrated on a design that is sensitive to experimentation and capable of producing daily-use objects that, given the direct interaction with the users, are able to activate processes of meditation, discovery and surprise.

Another Terra / Kortrijk

ANOTHER TERRA / Home Away from Home

4nd Landing – Mission Kortrijk

c/o BIENNALE INTERIEUR 2012

20-28 ottobre 2012

After the first three “terrestrial landings”- in Milan during the Fuorisalone, in Basel during the Art Basel in the Depot Basel and in Venice with the special event “Italian Landing” within the Venice Biennial – the collective exhibit ANOTHER TERRA / Home Away from Home is invited to participate to the Biennial Interieur 2012 of Kortrijk, in Belgium.

The works in exhibit are the result of a research that the participants accomplished in order to answer the following question: if by choice or necessity, we were to imagine life on a planet that wasn’t Earth, which would be the characteristic of our “minimal carry-on baggage” that would accompany us in our journey through the galaxies towards a celestial body with sustainable living conditions for man?

The projects involved in the collective are all unique pieces created exclusively for the event by the designers participating in the annual IN Residence workshops; the list of participants shows a selection of famous names within the international scene brought together by the quality of their research and by the intensity of their works

ANOTHER TERRA / Home Away from Home is made up by the project of: Tomás Alonso, BCXSY, Pieke Bergmans, Julien Carretero, Maarten De Ceulaer, FormaFantasma, Glithero, Pepe Heykoop, Lanzavecchia+Wai, Tomáš Gabzdil Libertiny, Philippe Malouin, Jo Meesters, Minale-Maeda, Mischer’Traxler, Liliana Ovalle, Raw-Edges Design Studio, Studio Besau-Marguerre, Anke Weiss.

Another Terra / Venice

ANOTHER TERRA / Home Away from Home

Italian Landing – Mission Venice

LA BIENNALE DI VENEZIA

Serra dei Giardini

1-15 October 201

During the 13th International Architecture Exhibition, the IN Residence project was invited to participate to the official program of the Collateral Events of the Venice Biennial, within the calendar of the activities addressed to “A Better World”. The event, which is expected to offer the Biennial’s international public one of the most innovative insights regarding the contemporary “design thinking” explorations, will be held in the elegant scenario of the Serra dei Giardini, a “tepidarium of glass and iron” built at the end of the nineteenth century and set in proximity of the entrance to the Gardens of the Biennale.

During the event, the creators and curators of the IN Residence project imagined a special edition of the collective exhibit ANOTHER TERRA / Home Away from Home, with six projects specifically created by some of the most interesting contemporary designers that so strongly define the new contemporary Italian design.

The protagonists of the “Venice Mission” are: Matteo Cibic, Ciszak Dalmas, Gionata Gatto, Andrea Magnani & Giovanni Delvecchio, Chiara Onida + AUT, Giorgia Zanellato.

Another Terra / Basel

ANOTHER TERRA / Home Away from Home
2nd Landing – Mission Basel

c/o “CRAFT & SCENOGRAPHY EXHIBITION 08” @ DEPOT BASEL, Basel
June 11th – July 11th 2012

ANOTHER TERRA / Home Away from Home is a collective exhibition presenting a series of original works by the designers invited to the annual workshop, part of the IN Residence project, that since 2008 has been held in the unique location of the Du Parc Contemporary Suites in Turin (Italy).
The theme from which the exhibition concept has been inspired provides the chance to think specifically about the way in which human beings are related to the objects around them, which they use on an everyday basis, probing into a radically different environmental context from that of our own everyday experience.

If, by choice or by necessity, we had to envisage life on some other planet other than Earth, what kind of “minimal hand luggage” would we take with us on our journey to other galaxies or a different celestial body with acceptable living conditions for mankind? What kind of traits and properties would we expect of the only “accessory” we are allowed to have with us when landing on some New World for the first time?
Would we prefer to have what we consider to be a useful “device” or, in other words, serving some specific function considered to be a priority or would we rather have something of great symbolic value, perhaps also with sentimental connotations? And, what’s more, what kind of value or ideal should this constructed object actually embody? What kind of message should it convey? What kind of story might it tell?

The installation project for the exhibition will involve displaying the individual works through a sequence of “capsules”, which, in accordance with what the basic concept evokes, ought to represent the vectors by means of which the objects are packed and sent off to the new planet.

The protagonist designers of ANOTHER TERRA are: Tomás Alonso, BCSXY, Pieke Bergmans, Julien Carrettero, Maarten De Ceulaer, Formafantasma, Glithero, Pepe Heykoop, Lanzavecchia+Wai, Tomáš Gabzdil Libertiny, Philippe Malouin, Jo Meesters, Minale-Maeda, Mischer’Traxler, Lilliana Ovalle, Raw-Edges Design Studio, Studio Besau-Marguerre, Anke Weiss.

The exhibition is part of the event “CRAFT & SCENOGRAPHY” at DEPOT BASEL, a place for contemporary design.

Another Terra / Milan

ANOTHER TERRA / Home Away from Home

FUORISALONE 2012 | Ventura Lambrate, Milan
14-21 April 2012

ANOTHER TERRA / Home Away from Home is a collective exhibition presenting a series of original works by the designers invited to the annual workshop, part of the IN Residence project, that since 2008 has been held in the unique location of the Du Parc Contemporary Suites in Turin (Italy).
The theme from which the exhibition concept has been inspired provides the chance to think specifically about the way in which human beings are related to the objects around them, which they use on an everyday basis, probing into a radically different environmental context from that of our own everyday experience.

If, by choice or by necessity, we had to envisage life on some other planet other than Earth, what kind of “minimal hand luggage” would we take with us on our journey to other galaxies or a different celestial body with acceptable living conditions for mankind? What kind of traits and properties would we expect of the only “accessory” we are allowed to have with us when landing on some New World for the first time?
Would we prefer to have what we consider to be a useful “device” or, in other words, serving some specific function considered to be a priority or would we rather have something of great symbolic value, perhaps also with sentimental connotations? And, what’s more, what kind of value or ideal should this constructed object actually embody? What kind of message should it convey? What kind of story might it tell?

The installation project for the exhibition will involve displaying the individual works through a sequence of “capsules”, which, in accordance with what the basic concept evokes, ought to represent the vectors by means of which the objects are packed and sent off to the new planet.

The protagonist designers of ANOTHER TERRA are: Tomás Alonso, BCSXY, Pieke Bergmans, Julien Carrettero, Maarten De Ceulaer, Formafantasma, Pepe Heykoop, Lanzavecchia+Wai, Tomáš Gabzdil Libertiny, Philippe Malouin, Jo Meesters, Minale-Maeda, Mischer’Traxler, Lilliana Ovalle, Studio Besau-Marguerre, Anke Weiss.

Design That Talks! # 2

Design That Talks! #2 – NACHO CARBONELL

Circolo dei lettori, Turin (Italy)
March 25th 2012

Design That Talks! elaborates a number of interesting aspects of authorial creativity, with the goal to shed some light on the new correspondence that distinguishes the relationship between craftwork and industry, art and technology, theory and practicality. The meetings have been structured in order to offer the designers the opportunity to present a selection of their most recent works, their personal sources of inspiration, and unveil the procedures that characterize the approach towards the planning process.

Nacho Carbonell (Spain, 1984) lives and works in Holland. He’s considered to be one of the rising stars of the international experimental design scene. Through his visionary and organically inspired works, he achieves “communicative objects” intended as “living beings” capable of stimulating the imagination and the sensorial participation.
In 2009 he received numerous awards and was invested of the prestigious Designer of the Future within Design Miami.

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Design That Talks! # 1

Design That Talks! #1 – BENJAMIN HUBERT

Circolo dei lettori, Turin (Italy)
March 22th 2012

Design That Talks! elaborates a number of interesting aspects of authorial creativity, with the goal to shed some light on the new correspondence that distinguishes the relationship between craftwork and industry, art and technology, theory and practicality. The meetings have been structured in order to offer the designers the opportunity to present a selection of their most recent works, their personal sources of inspiration, and unveil the procedures that characterize the approach towards the planning process.

Benjamin Hubert (UK, 1984) is considered the enfant prodige of the new generation of product designers: his projects, manufactured in limited editions or in large numbers for well known sector brands, show a formal study on the use of newly conceived materials. The Pod chair seat and the Chimney lamp series are already considered classic landmarks. In 2010 Hubert received the Designer of the Year title awarded to within the British Design Awards.

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Diary # 4

IN Residence

Design Dialogues

Diary # 4: “Sense Memory”

curated by Barbara Brondi & Marco Rainò

Corraini Edizioni

1st edition, April 2012

Now in its fourth edition, after “Nature Through Artifice” (2008), “Matter Matters” (2009) and “Visualising Transformation” (2010), the IN Residence project confirms its objectives and its uncommon vitality as a research programme dedicated to contemporary design. Besides promoting an open and constantly evolving model of teaching, the idea of an intensive workshop that connects some of the most talented young designers of their generation with a group of selected students has unleashed new energies in the field of training, learning and product design.

Complementing the other titles in the series, the Diary reports on the outcome of the “Sense Memory” workshop. By exploring the relationship between perception, memory and emotional stimulus the workshop helped identify key elements in a programme that through the years has generated a considerable number of spin-offs associating experimentation with design ideas of great symbolic value but that at the same time are wholly practical.

The designers involved in “Sense Memory“ include: BCXSY, Maarten De Ceulaer, Pepe Heykoop, Daniel Rybakken, Studio Besau-Marguerre.

A DVD accompanying the book includes highlights of the event.

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Workshop # 4

Workshop #4 – Sense Memory
Du Parc Contemporary Suites, Turin (Italy)
9-12 November 2011

Designers:
BCXSY, Maarten De Ceulaer, Pepe Heykoop, Daniel Rybakken, Studio Besau-Marguerre

Students:
Alessandro Barra, Claudia Buscema, Gabriella Cammarata, Marta Cammarere, Valentina Cannella, Antonio Cascos Chamizo, Claudio Cordatore, Alessia Fausto, Dario Forneris,  Andrea Foschiatti, Nina Giardini, Roberta Liboriani, Antonino Lo Piccolo, Federico Martorana, Francesco Massimello, Viktor Pukhov, Luana Rostagno, Cristina Trevisan, Erik Saglia, Stefano Spinella, Edoardo Spolittu, Sara Steardo, Victoria Stoian, Silvia Vanni,

Theme:
The theme refers to interaction between the senses and memory and concerns the way in which the perceptual faculties are related to the faculties of emotional stimulation and recollection. Our interaction with the built world and the material nature of a world made up of objects means that we are constantly registering impressions: this seamless flow of data, taken in through the senses, influences the way we decode the surrounding environment and translate it into synthetic mental maps.
The constructed objects we use, even when they appear to be undeniably inert, are potential ways of conveying meaning and sending out information, which may – through sensorial feeling – find a way of being channelled through to an individual to arouse a suppressed memory or create a new one.
Through “Sense Memory”, the IN Residence project is attempting to connect “emotional input” to a study of the role of design on the modern-day scene, recording subjective reactions or personal feelings as key elements in the construction of a memory, which, before being acknowledged and configured as “collective” must first be handled in the personal domain of every individual.

Diary # 3

IN Residence

Design Dialogues

Diary # 3: “Visualising Transformation”

curated by Barbara Brondi & Marco Rainò

Corraini Edizioni

1st edition, May 2011

After the first edition on the theme “Nature Through Artifice” and the second entitled “Matter Matters”, the attention of the IN Residence project is now focusing on the concept of “transformation” and the many ways it can be “visualized”.

Held at Turin’s Du Parc Contemporary Suites, built in the early Seventies by architects Laura Petrazzini and Corrado Levi, a workshop with talented young international designers and even younger students has produced a plentiful exchange of ideas based on the concept of change, which reflects the tendency for metamorphosis typical to contemporary design objects.

In the spirit of the research and experimentation that characterizes the In Residence project, the book explores the design process. Seen as one of the most sophisticated and powerful instruments for cultural communication currently available, the focus is on the idea of transformation and the central role this plays in today’s world.

The designers involved in “Visualising Transformation“ include: Tomás Alonso, Julien Carretero, Lanzavecchia+Wai, Minale-Maeda and Mischer’Traxler.

The key moments of this experience are detailed in the DVD included.

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Workshop # 3

Workshop #3 – Visualising Transformation
Du Parc Contemporary Suites, Torino
10-13 November 2010

Designers:
Tomás Alonso, Julien Carretero, Lanzavecchia + Wai, Minale-Maeda, Mischer’Traxler

Students:
Andrea Aceto, Andrea Aragno, Alessandro Balbo, Elisa Barrera, Fabio Camera, Giulio Cardone, Sara Ceraolo, Elisabetta Colucci, Giordana Espinosa, Anna Galletta, Veronica Gallio, Elisabetta Giacone, Luca Parodi, Irene Pecchenino, Sara Petrucci, Mario Porrovecchio, Jessica Quadrelli, Sara Simone, Arianna Uda, Alina Valiante Moguel.

Theme:
Visualising Transformation is the theme of the 3rd edition of the In Residence project, around which discussion is developed that leads to new thoughts about design and in particular on the creative process results that are at the base of every design, seen not as simple accessories but also as the result of continuous experiments, the indefeasible requisite of the state of being contemporary.
Generally speaking, the idea of “visualising transformation” refers to a combination of relevant factors potentially correlated to topics of further study; within this framework, the concepts of “mobility”, “change” and “metamorphosis” turn out to be particularly significant cluster terms connected with the marked aptitude for change – not just on a formal basis – displayed by a certain category of objects.

Artissima Design

VISUALISING TRANSFORMATION / Artissima Design

Palazzo Birago / Camera di Commercio | Turin (Italy)

7 – 14 November 2010

Artissima Design, is the new thematic section within Artisisma 17 – International Contemporary Art in Turin, a special event which offers a number of original works conceived and created by the three main architectural studies in Turin, MARC, Nucleo and UdA. A thematic workshop that involves all the students in the arrangement of the exhibit and of the conference within the Fair ,with some of the participating designers discussing the topics of research and experimentation of contemporary design

The designers who will be attending Artissima Design are: Tomás Alonso, Julien Carrettero, Lanzavecchia+Wai, Minale-Maeda, Mischer’Traxler.

Ten Small Atlases

TEN SMALL ATLASES / Ten Processes Behind Ten Objects

FUORISALONE 2010 | Zona Ventura Lambrate, Milan
14-21 April 2010

The IN Residence / Design Dialogues project presents the collective show TEN SMALL ATLASES / Ten Processes Behind Ten Objects curated by Barbara Brondi & Marco Rainò in Milan, during the Salone Internazionale del Mobile.
Design, considered in particular as the creative process through which an object is created, is the main topic of the show. The ten designers involved in the process will exhibit their personal visual “vocabularies”, a collection of materials, useful for teaching the various phases of conception and planning which are decisive in identifying the sources of inspiration and referral models for the creative process that brought them to create the final products exhibited in the show. Ten small exhibit areas, where each designer describes the story behind the object, from the conception of the idea to its creation, through a “ collection” – ten small atlases – of prototypes, sketches, notes, images, music or books that influenced, inspired, constrained and facilitated them during the process.

The designers of ANOTHER TERRA are: Pieke Bergmans, FormaFantasma, Julia Lohmann, Philippe Malouin, Peter Marigold, Jo Meesters, Lilliana Ovalle, Raw-Edges Design Studio, Glithero, Anke Weiss.

Diary # 2

IN Residence

Design Dialogues

Diary # 2: “Matter Matters”

curated by Barbara Brondi & Marco Rainò

Corraini Edizioni

1st edition, April 2010

After the first edition about “Nature Through Artifice“, the natural continuation of the “open” project IN Residence is dedicated to matter and its use, features and difficulties: “Matter Matters”.

The context has been successfully experimented in the first year: a workshop with talented young designers and even younger students, a cross-examination of reasons and projects in some days of tight work together. The workshop took place at the Du Parc Contemporary Suites in Turin, a renowned building designed in the early Seventies by architects Laura Petrazzini and Corrado Levi.

By working onto the meanings that inspire the form and the material of the project, the design process is analyzed in its most concrete aspects and – at the same time – as one of the most powerful and refined means of communication of contemporary age.

Subject of this second edition – the control over matter – focuses onto opportunities and difficulties of matter and its use as one of the most important aspects in industrial design.

The involved designers: FormaFantasma, Philippe Malouin, Peter Marigold, Jo Meesters, Studio Glithero and Anke Weiss.

An enclosed DVD, with original music by Max Casacci, documents the most important moments of this experience.

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Workshop # 2

Workshop #2 – Matter Matters
Du Parc Contemporary Suites, Torino (Italy)
12-15 November 2009

Designers:
FormaFantasma, Philippe Malouin, Peter Marigold, Jo Meesters, Studio Glithero, Anke Weiss

Students:
Claudio Altobello, Francesca Bordone, Grazieno Camperi, Sara Cappa, Marco Ciola, Alessandra Conte, Giovanni De Antoni Migliorati, Rossella Di Dio, Helena Falabino, Mario Gerbaldo, Giulio Sergio Giraudi, Silviya Manzahieva, Lorenzo Maria Martini, Flavio Montagner, Noemi Oduse, Maddalena Piccolin, Michele Santomarco, Riccardo Sforza, Mihaela Slav, Michela Valsania, Fulvio Vignolo, Marco Vivirito.

Theme:
The topic of the 2009 edition is Matter Matters; an in-depth analysis of the various characters of materials as changeable elements that hold the traces of their specific origins and the signs of time that have transformed them, as primary elements into the identification of the object at any scale.
To think about matter also means to open up to a number of extremely current evaluations regarding the attitude towards making and on the level of direct involvement that the designer can have within the production process of the object, in a way that perceives positively the use of craftwork, manual skills and a new appreciation for laboratory work activities.

Diary # 1

IN Residence

Design Dialogues

Diary # 1: “Nature Through Artifice”

curated by Barbara Brondi & Marco Rainò

Corraini Edizioni

1st edition, November 2009

Among the events of Turin World Design Capital, the project IN Residence, created a 48hours workshop, in which five designers reflected with a group of thirty students from specific institutions dedicated to design of the city of Turin.

Subject of the discussion / creation has been the role of design as an expressive resource sensitive to environmental conditions. The culture of design, in fact, is meant to be the wide process and discipline that organizes creative resources in order to generate common welfare solutions and convey emotions. In its impact with the environment, design produces “new” objects that become in time integral part of the landscape (moreover, they contribute to its construction and development). Pre-existing landscape and created object – “nature” and “artifice” – are the two starting points from which the IN Residence project starts.

This book is dedicated to the project IN Residence: the diary of this shared experience is starting point and foreword for the future.

The involved designers: Pieke Bergmans, Tomáš Gabzdil Libertiny, Julia Lohmann, Liliana Ovalle, Raw-Edges Design Studio.

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Workshop # 1

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Workshop #1 – Nature Through Artifice

Du Parc Contemporary Suites, Turin (Italy)

21-22 November 2008

Designers:

Pieke Bergmans, Tomáš Gabzdil Libertiny, Julia Lohmann, Liliana Ovalle, Raw-Edges Design Studio

Students:

Alice Aquilante, Alessandro Basile, Raffaella Bernardi, Marta Carrera, Tiziana Cerutti, Chiara Chialvo, Giuliana Cusenza, Valentina Demoru, Ivano Di Francesco, Nicolò Di Prima, Francesco Iannuzzi, Tomo Kimura, Daniele Locci, Silvia Malacrida, Omar Meletti, Marco Mignone, Elisa Mondino, Elisabetta Muner, Stefano Musatti, Alice Ninni, Nicole Osella, Elena Ozzimo, Valentina Perico, Amanda Rezza, Francesca Rinaudo, Irene Ruiu, Giacomo Satti, Fabrizio Serra, Matteo Straforini, Andrea Viberti

Theme:

The first edition offers an analysis regarding the concepts of “nature” and “artifice”, trying to identify the specific characteristics of the two terms in relation to the “thinking” and “producing” that go into design.

Is it possible to reach the natural through the artificial? What kind of relation and mutual influence exists between what we consider nature and what we perceive as artificial? Can design contribute to encoding the implied meanings of this relationship? More specifically, how can we interpret, represent and express the surroundings intended as natural process through which the planning project generates stylistic devices? Finally, the nature of the planner is still, as in the past, a referral a suggestion, something that imitates and from which to take example or inspiration?

The possible answers to these and other questions suggest a number of significant considerations in relation to the role of contemporary design, stimulating a consideration on the interrelated topics and not necessarily confined in a unique specified disciplinary environment.