For the 2018 edition, with The Litta Variations, MoscaPartners and DAMN° are again inviting a selection of exquisite designers, companies, and brands to flaunt their best wares at Palazzo Litta throughout the duration of the Milan Design Week. Last year, over 50,000 visitors explored the various exhibitions, parties, and talks held here.
The Litta Pavilion will be for the 4th time the palazzo centrepiece, that materialises as an open venue situated in the courtyard, acting as a crossroads where people meet & greet, enjoy the time to sit together & share a few thoughts, and have a drink.
“Tempietto nel Bosco “ by Asif Khan
This year’s courtyard installation is designed by Asif Khan’s London-based practice: ‘This wooden pavilion is imagined as something between a forest and an open air Cathedral. Being ordered by Palazzo Litta’s Renaissance grid plan, its matrix of interconnected rooms and corridors culminate in a central clearing for talks and events.’
‘The intimate surrounding rooms are intended as a place to relax and converse during the busy days of Fuori Salone. A soft surface underfoot offers a texture of contrast to the many miles of pavement that visitors will have traversed.’
Asif Khan founded his architecture practice in 2007. It is dedicated to pushing this discipline in new directions. The studio works internationally on projects ranging from cultural buildings to houses, landscape, exhibitions and installations.
Current projects include the forthcoming new Museum of London at West Smithfield, and various works at Expo 2020 Dubai. Notable past projects are the ‘MegaFaces’ pavilion at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, the Coca-Cola Beatbox at London 2012 Olympics.
In 2015 Khan’s work was shortlisted from over 1700 designs in the international competition for the new Guggenheim Museum in Helsinki.
In 2016 he was commissioned by the Serpentine Gallery to design their Summer House as part of its pavilion programme which was exhibited in Kensington Gardens.
Khan is the recipient of numerous international awards including a Red Dot award for Design, Cannes Lion Grand Prix for Innovation, a D&AD award. Khan lectures globally on his work, sits on the board of Trustees of the Design Museum.