Current Issue: Domus 993

In this issue

Abstract sculptures of ’35 and’62 by Fausto Melotti

Tomorrow at NMNM – Nouveau Musée National de Monaco will be inaugurated the exhibition “Fausto Melotti”, devoted to a crucial period of the artist’s career in which Domus played a special role, as stated in the 1962 essay that we present anew here.

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Drawing based on a design sketch by Ernesto
Gismondi for the Discovery lamp manufactured by Artemide.

Editoriale: Towards a fresh start

Along our line of reasoning here, we have frequently paused to consider the present, the only time available for us in which to live our life, indeed the time in which we are obliged to live. And we are
agreed that the chief task that each of us ought to apply himself to first of all is that of living his time to the full.

Illusion, perception, plan

The work of the Spanish artist Juan Muñoz – on display in Milan in the large industrial space of HangarBicocca as appropriate surroundings for his specific blend of architecture and sculpture – is introduced here with a text he wrote in 1987. The exhibition catalogue, coming out in July, offers a range of approaches to appreciating his art.

Architecture and concept

In illustration of his teaching method, consolidated during many years as a professor at Columbia University, Tschumi selected four studio projects that he has worked on with students to show how architecture is the invention and materialisation of content.

Mackintosh School of Architecture, Glasgow

As the only British architecture institute that is part of an art school, The Mac offers a design programme founded on studio work and a culture of architectural dialogue with cities and their context. Social engagement is another fundamental element of the curriculum, with frequent hands-on projects taking place in Great Britain and the so-called global south.

Light and the space of life

On the occasion of an exhibition in Lausanne of his latest work, this Italo-Swiss architect and painter explains, with the same poetic eye characterises his work, to Domus readers how the role of light in interiors is the allegory of a cultural destiny altered by refined subtleties between human cultures.

Volume! A project on via San Francesco di Sales

His passion for art brought Francesco Nucci, whose profession is neurosurgeon, to create an original place in Rome for art and artists. One of its founders recounts to Domus the long inauguration in 1997 to explain the significance of an exceptional experience whose potential remains intact 18 years later.

The measures of man

We are grateful to Vittorio Gregotti, one of the masters of Italian architecture, for having visited for Domus the exhibition dedicated by the Centre Pompidou to Le Corbusier 50 years after his death. It resulted in an impassioned essay by a man who was at the height of his career during the period covered by the exhibition. The article is also a sincere homage to the Swiss visionary, magisterially described by Gregotti as “a great architect who is now almost an ancient, but still controversially contemporary”.

Uncertainty

In the Domus archives, the Nouveau Musée National de Monaco has rediscovered the extraordinary story of the rapport between the magazine and the great artist Melotti, and has turned it into the basis of an important exhibition, highlighted here for our readers.

The erratic universe of Yona Friedman

Through the words of its two authors – Yona Friedman and Manuel Orazi – we present a new book that explores Friedman’s thinking process, including his ephemeral emergency architecture, the concept of the Spatial City, and his more recent proposals for auto-planification, improvisation and architecture without buildings.

Identity through diversity

Asked to design a store inside the Buckminster Fuller dome on the Vitra Campus, Kéré emphasised the identity of the existing icon by creating a route that promotes exchange between the structure and the people. The result was obtained thanks to an intense collaboration with two determined clients: Nora Fehlbaum and Miguel Fluxá.

An extension for Tate St Ives

His long-term frequentation and collaboration with artists constitutes the solid basis upon which Jamie Fobert founded his project for a prestigious British institution, a building that shows his compositional skill and sensitivity to the character of the site’s surroundings.

Rethinking modularity

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of its modular furniture system Haller, patented by Paul Schärer in 1965, the Swiss company USM organised a workshop week during which designers, architects, students and teachers worked together on the theme of modularity.

New Bordeaux stadium, France

A myriad of columns defines this recently built project by Herzog & de Meuron, who have invented a new kind of stadium that is no longer just a temple of sports, but a temple of our times. It is a magnificent and extraordinary public building with a strong civic sense that pushes the envelope of the standard established by the Swiss architects for the same building type even further.

Apartment building, Vienna

As the outcome of a competition in 2010, the project by these British architects forms a complex with two other buildings made by the offices von Ballmoos Krucker Architekten and Werner Neuwirth, constituting an urban ensemble grouped around a collective outdoor space.

Urban block in Milan

The last project completed by the recently deceased Giacomo Polin reveals his mastery in resolving a complex urban theme – a new building in between two existing historical ones – by the intelligent re-elaboration of the great Milanese tradition of modernism.

Room non–room

Along the lines of the saying “good building, marvellous ruins”, Beigel and Christou imagine that this house by Märkli could become a stunningly beautiful ruin in 200 years, and offer us their interpretation of its connected spaces grouped around a large central area that is the heart of the building, analogous to traditional farmhouses.

For me design means experimenting

Increasing our closeness to the world of contemporary design, we have decided to offer our readers a number of in-depth reports on designers belonging to the middle generation, pausing to contemplate their way of working, told to Domus directly in their own words. We are very pleased to begin this series of articles with Lorenzo Damiani, whose main characteristics are talent, curiosity, cordiality and perseverance, always seeking an idea upon which to build a story. ndb

I wanted to design missiles, but then I fell in love with making lamps

Having gone from being a missile designer to a manufacturer of lighting fixtures and more, and as the creator of one of the most important international stories of design, the founder of Artemide tells Domus about his different business forays and entrepreneurial outlook, by which he pursues quality manufacturing with conviction and determination, always in complete control of the entire production process.

Elzeviro: Understanding a city

Cities have fallen prey to the same schizophrenia that holds in its grip the consenting discipline of urban planning in its most arid and fastidious form. Both are caught between “world city” slogans and the strong physical presence of unheeded inhabitants.