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Design Variations 2021: focus on A Beach in the Baroque by Aires Mateus

We are now going to reveal the installation that will animate the Cortile d’Onore of Palazzo Litta for the Design Variations 2021 event, curated by MoscaPartners during Milano Design Week.

Surrounded by the rigorous architecture of Palazzo Litta, the Main Courtyard will host the temporary installation A beach in the Baroque by Portuguese studio Aires Mateus. The project underlines both the need for a renewed state of cohesion and the need to simply have some fun through the playful juxtaposition of the installation with the surroundings such as the obviously temporary pop-up nature of the site-specific work in contrast with the permanence of the Courtyard and the palazzo, the visual levity of the exhibit in contrast with the cultural formality of the location, the bright colours in contrast with the sobriety of the architectural materials.

The central element of the installation is an “oversized” cabin. This fully customized and fitted out Supercabin will be produced by a consortium of partners: Canducci Group srl, Soltech srl and DiegoFabbri Outdoor Solutions. After the presentation of the cabin at Palazzo Litta, the consortium intends to make it become a veritable icon of the most beautiful beaches in the world. The Supercabin will be installed on a platform with adjustable supports supplied by Eterno Ivica.

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Well-known on the national and international cultural scene, Manuel and Francisco Aires Mateus set up their studio in 1988 in Lisbon, where they are engaged in research, teaching and design activities. Their projects comprise the House in Leiria (2010), the EDP Headquarters (2015), the Grândola Meeting Center (2016), the Faculty of Architecture, Tornai (2017), the House in Monsaraz (2018) and the House in Melides I (2019). Over the years the brothers have become culturally important, not only in their native Portugal but also around the world. The studio has won a number of prestigious awards such as the Pessoa Prize (2017) and the European Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies Van der Rohe Award. In 2010, 2012, 2016 and 2018 the studio also took part in the Biennale di Architettura in Venice.

From 4th to 10th September 2021, visitors are welcome to take part in Design Variations 2021 and discover a place of encounter, joy and reunion, Una Spiaggia nel Barocco set in the heart of Milano.

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