From the Series
Is it a case of the hairdresser' hair or do architects really live the designer lifestyle they make their living on? We're use to seeing only the work architects do for other people and for other people’s lives. But where do they live and what are their homes like? Where architects live is an exhibition featuring leading contemporary architects’ own concepts of the domestic space, conceived as a feature exhibition at Salone del Mobile.
The exhibition provides an exclusive glimpse into the intimate spaces designed by eight of the world’s most respected architects: Shigeru Ban, Mario Bellini, David Chipperfield, Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas, Zaha Hadid, Marcio Kogan, Daniel Libeskind and Studio Mumbai/Bijoy Jain.
The underlying concept rests on the conviction that, of all design disciplines, domestic architecture is the most predisposed to evolution and the most suited to experimentation, given its capacity to conjugate architecture and design, explains curator of the event, Francesca Molteni. " This is an iconic and paradigmatic reading of the architects’ 'rooms', within the context of the home as a theme, which will trigger crosscutting reflections on the modes, experiences and trends of contemporary living."
Molteni – who curated “Design Dance” with Michela Marelli (2012) and “A celestial bathroom” (2010) – has been privy to the private homes of eight of the greatest exponents of the architectural world, filming the exteriors and domestic spaces and recording an interview with each of them on the visions, triggers and decisions that have steered their design and professional careers.
She and the architect and scenographer Davide Pizzigoni have devised a project that recreates the private “rooms” of Shigeru Ban, Mario Bellini, David Chipperfield, Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas, Zaha Hadid, Marcio Kogan, Daniel Libeskind and Studio Mumbai/Bijoy Jain through real-life videos, images, sounds, comments and reconstructions. The result is an interactive exhibition space that unveils the architects’ visions of living, their choices and their domestic obsessions.