In Ventura Lambrate for Salone (Milan Furniture Fair), there is a scattering of buildings/warehouses/schools/houses/garages/random industrial spaces & carparks where product designers, artists & creators exhibit their wares. One place that sparked my imagination was some form of an old workshop with a small front courtyard and smallish stable-like rooms that lead off it. Made of concrete, raw with a dado of Yves blue lining its perimeter. In the last stable was the most peasant of surprises. The hanging blankets, throws & cushions of gruppo di installazione filled me with joy. A mix of old & classic techniques and materials made modern: felted, wools, stitched, embroidered, loomed, goat, herringbone, crochet, monogrammed - mostly in neutrals with red.
07, May 2012