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Luncheon on the Grass in ‘A Room of One's Own’

At Cantiere Galli Design, the last edition of site specific installations features a contribution by Agostino Iacurci

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Luncheon on the Grass in ‘A Room of One's Own’
28/11/2019 - A creative box turned reception room. In its third and last year, ‘Una stanza tutta per sé’  (A Room of One's Own) – name inspired by the seminal essay by Virginia Woolf – addresses aspects of hospitality that transform and transcend the very nature of the first site specific project curated by Domitilla Dardi at Cantiere Galli, Rome’s first Interior Design Center directed by Eleonora Galli.

The room’ is meant as a container for ideas, a receptacle as the canvas on which some of the most interesting contemporary designers were asked to paint an intimate and personal portrait of their own imagination and the way they map out their thoughts and cultivate ideas. “It’s some sort of black box that records all the different phases of the imagination, from the first intuition up to the final realization, the physical act of creating the single elements that form a very personal vision,” explains Domitilla Dardi.

After three years in which designers and architects were given opportunity to present their projects, the last act of the trilogy has been entrusted to Agostino Iacurci, a young artist from Apulia, currently resident in Berlin. Under the title “Colazione sull'erba” (Luncheon on the Grass) he shares his personal interpretation of hospitality by inviting us to participate in the daily rituals of a typical Italian family.



“With my family the table is the center of all social interactions. It’s the place where we spent most time together, where we show affection, not least in form of delicious dished,” says Iacurci. “You know, where I come from, when you feel embarrassed by an indiscreet question, you simply ask: ‘Have we ever shared the table?’ It’s well understood that sharing a table, the act of dining together, requires a certain degree of acquaintance.”

“When I’ve been asked to imagine a room with the theme “Desired guests”, the first thing that came to my mind where scenes from my childhood, the table set for a countryside banquet with the family. But also, and that’s my favorite part, the making of the tomato sauce.



“I just imagined a dining table in a tomato field. I love this plant. And it has an interesting story, too. Originating from Mexico and Peru, the plant came to Europe in 1540. Now think of the field, with the dining table at its center. I imagined this table shaped à la Victorine Meurent, like in the famous painting “Le Déjeuner sur l’herbe” by Manet. Sinuous and steady, its peculiarity is that, contemporaneously, it is table and a carpet. It is meant to accommodate its guests in every conceivable position: standing, seated, kneeling or recumbent. I wanted this table to be welcoming, inviting for everyone and anyone.”



Previous to Agostino Iacurci, the same theme had been addressed by the Lebanese designer Khaled El Mays. With his installation he investigated today’s relations between craftsmanship and design.



Celebrating a century of Bauhaus, Khaled El Mays presented “Welcome Mr.Breuer ”, a room prepared to accommodate an imaginary guest, Marcel Breuer, one of the main exponents of the famous German school, and a project aimed at fostering a dialogue between different cultures, between past and present.
It’s precisely the imaginary dialogue that proposes a narrative of the evolution of Breuer's most significant product, the Wassily chair, a dialogue that gives us both sides: the Italian and the Lebanese manufacturer. The result is a fascinating juxtaposition of very different mentalities and working techniques.



The room had been inaugurated in 2017 with projects by Giuseppe Arezzi (“Beata Solitudo”), Cristina Celestino (“Proiezioni”) and GamFratesi ('Ordine Gigante”) and exhibited their interpretations of the dichotomous theme “Private/Shared”.



For 2018 curator Domitilla Dardi had chosen “Sunset” by Matilde Cassani and “Risvolto“ by Andrea Anastasio to represent “Leaving traces”, a theme meant to tickle the mind and elicit reflections and thoughts about the spaces we live in, how we live and customize them.

Ordine Gigante | Gamfratesi

Ordine Gigante | Gamfratesi

Ordine Gigante | Gamfratesi

Ordine Gigante | Gamfratesi

Proiezioni | Cristina Celestino

Proiezioni | Cristina Celestino

Proiezioni | Cristina Celestino

Proiezioni | Cristina Celestino

Beata Solitudo | Giuseppe Arezzi

Beata Solitudo | Giuseppe Arezzi

Beata Solitudo | Giuseppe Arezzi

Beata Solitudo | Giuseppe Arezzi

Beata Solitudo | Giuseppe Arezzi

Beata Solitudo | Giuseppe Arezzi

Risvolto | Andrea Anastasio

Risvolto | Andrea Anastasio

Risvolto | Andrea Anastasio

Risvolto | Andrea Anastasio

Risvolto | Andrea Anastasio

Risvolto | Andrea Anastasio

Sunset | Matilde Cassani

Sunset | Matilde Cassani

Sunset | Matilde Cassani

Sunset | Matilde Cassani

Sunset | Matilde Cassani

Sunset | Matilde Cassani


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