Palazzo delle Meraviglie opens at Milano Design Week 2019
On the occasion of Milan Design Week 2019, the exhibition Palazzo delle Meraviglie opens at the esteemed Bagatti Valsecchi Museum, a charming House Museum in the heart of Milan. A space that since its founding, has been recognized for its historical and cultural importance. The show, curated by the interior designer Katrin Herden together with Studio MHZ – of which she is founder – is focused on the relation between art, design, culture and craftsmanship by involving seven international design brands. Along frescoed rooms embellished with rich materials and extraordinary decor, the exclusive works by Amy Somerville, Bruno Moinard Editions, Decluuz, Forma&Cemento, KAIA Lighting, Pierre Gonalons Editions and SOHIL are connected with Renaissance and Neo-Renaissance furnishings, all preserved in perfect condition. Roaming around the rooms arouses a sense of awe for unexpected placements and reflections of light filtered through the old windows; a sense of living the modern within history. The worlds of lighting, fabrics and furniture encounter one another in the absence of time and space, standing out with precious materials and careful artisanal and artistic approach. Amy Somerville is a UK furniture brand that combines clean lines with natural curves using fine materials and artisan techniques. The brand’s the new Feast collection celebrates themes of friendliness and understanding through dining dialogue, perfectly suited for the Sala da Pranzo. Bruno Moinard Editions conveys the spirit of French contemporary Design in the Sala delle Armi. In resonance with the Palazzo’s history and the eclectic collections it displays, Bruno Moinard creates a decor that is part of the French Decorative Arts; offering a modern reinterpretation of savoir-faire applied to furniture, lighting and decorative objects, with a touch of eccentricity like the former House Museum owners. DeCluuz presents a research on the number seven with numerous tableaus that offer a relationship with the image via an iconic representation of the feminine; ancient artisanal techniques that complement contemporary textile technologies and golden threads, presenting the viewer with a new experience to be in touch with the product. Forma&Cemento, an Italian company specialized in the processing of concrete, shows the results of its research on the material raised by artisanal craftsmanship and reshaped by a strong design study. In the loggia of the House Museum will be exhibited the furniture collection designed by Marialaura Rossiello Studio Irvine inspired by the ancient statuary of the Greco-Roman era. Inside the wonderful Sala da Pranzo, KAIA, a London and Vienna based decorative lighting company proudly presents its masterpiece The Golden Fleece. The chandelier is designed by Markus Benesch and is inspired by Greek mythology. It embodies the style of KAIA Lighting which is timeless elegance and purity wrought geometric perfection. Pierre Gonalons is a Parisian designer with an Italian background, who, since a very young age, has cultivated his passion for art history by combining minimal lines with the extraordinary world of decorative arts and with the use of valuable materials. With a dash of pop irony, the results are unique furnishings that are perfectly integrated into the exhibition journey at the museum. SOHIL is a Milan based Atelier specialized in decorative pillows. They are designed one by one and produced in very limited editions using precious fabrics, exclusive embellishments and special decorations. The high attention to details given to each piece fit perfectly with the intricate details of the Bagatti Valsecchi Museum. The modernity of the works – carefully selected by Katrin Herden for the ample, lavish rooms – is directly connected to the history of this extraordinary space that represents Milan’s history from cultural, architectural and artistic perspectives.