There is more to Italian design than ornate Baroque architecture and clawfoot bathtubs, as established in a two-hour talk titled “Italy by Design.” Held during the Philippine International Furniture Show, the discussion highlighted the innovations spearheaded by Italian designers and brands and provided a fresh look at their design perspective. Here are just a few of the things we picked up.
Italian design can be minimalist
If your idea of Italian design is fountain-punctuated piazzas or Gothic-style palazzos, it might be shocking to learn that some of the most influential furniture designers responsible for the oh-so-current mid-century aesthetic are, in fact, Italian. Think the likes of Milan-born Gio Ponti and designer and architect Ico Parisi. If you’re looking for stunning examples of modern Italian furniture, you can find these in the streamlined pieces of Poltrona Frau or the curved lines of the sofas and lounge chairs from Mood by Flexform and Roda, all available at Furnitalia.
Italian design can be environmentally friendly
Chairman and CEO of Italpinas Development Corporation Romolo Nati concluded his presentation with a quote from American architect Buckminster Fuller: “The best way to build the future is to design it.” This appears to be a challenge his company takes to heart, as their projects combine the hallmarks of modern Italian design with practices that are eco-conscious and sustainable. Primavera Green Residences in Cagayan de Oro is a prime example—it’s an eco-friendly mixed-use building that features rooftop solar panels and a green inner courtyard.
Italian design and Filipino design can go hand-in-hand
Alessandro Abbate is the Director and COO of Anthropology Resources Inc., the company behind the lighting of Silverlens Gallery. He was inspired by the way the Museo dell’Opera del Duomo in Florence makes use of both natural and artificial light to highlight their priceless treasures’ beauty and majesty. As you can imagine, the way a gallery lights and displays its pieces are of utmost importance, all the better to showcase their artists’ work. The collaboration between Silverlens and Anthropology is a great model of how Italian innovation can work with Filipino talent to bring out the best of what each has to offer.
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