Paolo Rizzatto_photo by ArchiproductsThe project, entitled “Duetti/Duelli. Partite a scacchi sul disegno” (“Duets/Duels. The design games of chess”), was promoted by Archiproducts and A.A.M. Architettura Arte Moderna. Graphic performances, in which several authors, in pairs, face the practice of design on the same sheet of paper.
Mario Bellini_photo by ArchiproductsDuring the Milano Design Week such graphic dialogues surprisingly came one after the other. The set of such sharing and comparison moments were the places of Archiproducts Milano, set up with the aim of offering a place and instrument of creative participation.
Antonio Marras_photo by ArchiproductsTheir trait d’union was Vincenzo D’Alba, architect, artist and designer, who faced the several artists involved. Each Duet was implemented with design instruments provided for by the historical company Vittorio Martini 1866.
With the same seriousness children play, the duellists let themselves be transported in an unprecedented graphic dialogue which traced original and unexpected contents, where autobiographical themes were identified with graphic obsessions, formal researches and architectural forms.
The initiative, conceived by Francesco Moschini and Francesco Maggiore, aims at bringing design back to its vital centrality. For the best Italian artists and architects “designing – the creators underline – has been one of the ways to free themselves from the mere realization dimension in order to refer to new and different possible scenarios for art, places and landscape”.
The choice of creating meeting occasions on design is the common denominator of all these meetings, focussing on the poetics of improvisation through the “pleasure of straying from the topic”.
Marc Krusin_photo by Archiproducts
Stefano Giovannoni_photo by Archiproducts
Emilio Nanni_photo by Archiproducts
Serena Confalonieri_photo by Archiproducts