Philosophers who devise comprehensive metaphysical systems are often said to plan a marvelous castle but themselves to live in shabby little huts. And architects? Usually we only know the buildings they have realized for others. But how do they themselves live? What interiors do they prefer? And what does that reveal about them?
“Where Architects Live” is the title of an interactive exhibition purpose-created for the Salone at the trade-fair grounds and for which eight internationally renowned architects have granted a peek through the keyhole into their own houses or apartments. And what do we see? New or old furniture? The same trends as everywhere else?
Well we don’t want to reveal too much, only that Shigeru Ban’s home in Tokyo looks pretty spartan, that Daniel Libeskind’s New York apartment in TriBeCa is home to many books, Zaha Hadid’s London flat is suffused with light, and the home of Bijoy Jain of Studio Mumbai boasts an impressive pool located between old trees. So what interiors do Mario Bellini, David Chipperfield and Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas look like? Simply take a look at how curator Francesca Molteni homes in on the private space of famous architects using photos, videos, commentaries and interviews. It’s certainly exciting to see whether the way famous architects live seems exemplary or is merely tailored to their particular personal needs. (tw)
Where Architects Live
Curated by Francesca Molteni
Salone Internazionale del Mobile
April 8 through 13, 2014
Milan, Trade fair grounds, Rho