The starchitects behind some of the world’s most iconic structures are inviting curious design enthusisasts into their living and workspaces.
Inspired by domestic space, the installation entitled Where Architects Live will be unveiled at next month’s Salone del Mobile in Milan as part of its cultural program.
Where Architects Live will provide an exclusive glimpse into the rooms of eight of the world’s most renowned architects: Shigeru Ban, Mario Bellini, David Chipperfield, Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas, Zaha Hadid, Marcio Kogan, Daniel Libeskind and Bijoy Jain/Studio Mumbai.
While the world may be familiar with Zaha Hadid’s Maxxi National Centre for Contemporary Arts in Rome or Daniel Libeskindand’s Dancing Towers in Seoul, the installation aims to quench natural curiosity around where the architectural masters live, work and play.
Salone Del Mobile showcases where architects live, what their homes are like, and whether their homes reflect their architectural styles or follow different trends entirely.
Francesca Molteni, curator of the event, collaborated with architect and scenographer Davide Pizzigoni to privately interview each architect while filming the exteriors and domestic spaces including discussions on their visions, triggers and decisions that have steered their design and professional careers.
“An iconic and paradigmatic reading of the architects’ 'rooms,' within the context of the home as a theme, will trigger crosscutting reflection on the modes, experiences and trends of contemporary living,” Salone del Mobile said in a statement.
While the private "rooms" each demonstrate their own individuality, design elements as iconic furniture (Le Corbusier, Jean Prouvé) pieces, creative accents and clean resourceful use of space is widely evident.
There is a touch of signature design style such as the elegant curves displayed through the sculptural furniture and homewares in Zaha Hadid's room. A bold back wall also features Hadid's neo-modernist suprematist two dimensional drawings.
Milanese architect Mario Bellini’s impressive nine-metre high library showcases his books on a floor-to-ceiling bookcase, and also features a staircase and grand piano within a warm space with period wall decor.
Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas combine warmth and minimalism in their living space, which features original Jean Prouvé furniture and artworks. The timber ceiling and wooden furniture accents encourage a raw and natural inspired contemporary room.
In New York, Daniel Libeskind’s light drenched Manhattan apartment features Le Corbusier chairs, a mountain of books and art materials. Reminiscent of his own clean, sleek and striking architecture, the space exudes minimalism through a monochromatic black and white colour pattern.
“The aim of the event is to explore the art of living today, with a close look at the people who are changing the face of our cities, the configuration of the global landscape and the collective imagination, putting the spotlight on new ways of planning domestic environments from every possible aspect," said Cosmit president Claudio Luti. "This is the fundamental mission of the Salone del Mobile, cultural concepts that drive the sector.”