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Modern always works

von Thomas Wagner

4/28/2016
Is Modernism today’s Classical Antiquity?
The motto of the day, and not just at Knoll International, is currently “Modern Always”. Photo © Thomas Wagner, Stylepark

Salone 3: Von sozialen Fragen des Wohnens ist keine Rede, moderne Klassiker werden gern zeitgemäß renoviert, garantieren zugleich aber Überzeitlichkeit.

Are cool classics made of chrome and leather now morphing into colorful companions?
At the Thonet booth some are even learning to fly. Photo © Thomas Wagner, Stylepark
Modernism as a mirror of the present? Rem Koolhaas and OMA pay homage to Mies van der Rohe’s Barcelona Pavilion in their booth design for Knoll International. Photo © Thomas Wagner, Stylepark
What once shocked people now gets celebrated for being timeless:
“Avio”, the new sofa and marble table by Piero Lissoni for Knoll International, is staged accordingly. Photo © Knoll International
Color seems to be the order of the day every which way you look: “Zig Zag” – by Gerrit Rietveld at the Cassina booth. Photo © Thomas Wagner, Stylepark
Designed by Patricia Urquiola, the Cassina booth paid homage to the 1955 Rietveld Pavilion. Photo © Thomas Wagner, Stylepark
The charm of “je ne sais quoi”: Philippe Starck confirms with his “Volage EX-S” settee that the path heads for infinity. Photo © Cassina
On the l.: Patricia Urquiola’s “Gender” dons a feminine or a masculine appearance, as required. - On the r.: Carpets are definitely back in the main ranges. “Lattice” by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec on the Nanimarquina booth. Photos © Thomas Wagner, Robert Volhard, Stylepark
The rediscovery of a very special standalone dating from 1936:
The “Fenice” table made from a design by Piero Bottoni on show at Zanotta. Photo © Thomas Wagner, Stylepark
The place where it first saw the light of day: Villa Muggia in Imola: Originally, the table was cast on site in concrete. Photo © Thomas Wagner, Stylepark
The pattern clearly predominates in Alessandro Mendini’s designed space. Photo © Thomas Wagner, Stylepark
New Man is evidently an admixture of Modernist figurines and an Oscar:
A figure of a guardian from Fabio Novembre’s Room of Skulls in the “Stanze” exhibition. Photo © Thomas Wagner, Stylepark
Digitally controlled most definitely: Carlo Ratti presents hexagonal elements that can be height-adjusted individually – thanks to the hydraulics – each time spawning a different space configuration. Photo © Robert Volhard, Stylepark
On the l.: The new philosophy of interior living as presented in the “Stanze” show does not really point in any new direction. - On the r.: With Laudani Romanelli’s design you can at least peek behind the curtain, not that you’ll find new ways of living. Photos © Thomas Wagner, Robert Volhard, Stylepark
An mule’s stoicism: Our loyal companion “Ettore” remains attentive and sends his greets. Photo © Thomas Wagner, Stylepark

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