Domus 1045 on newsstands: “In praise of beauty, in the face of crisis”

In this issue: David Chipperfield meets Renzo Piano; Lina Ghotmeh Architecture’s Stone Garden in Lebanon; the work of British artist Rachel Whiteread and more. Browse the gallery and discover the contents of the April issue.

The topics addressed in the April 2020 issue of Domus focus on the role of design and designers. David Chipperfield in his editorial urges the design world to rediscover its role and purpose through beauty. The guest editor explains that “once again it is fundamentally necessary to question the role and capacity of design in our world”.

The Agenda this month focuses on the future of design, in a world of limited resources and excessive consumption. Deyan Sudjic talks about the optimism of industrial designers who are increasingly turning to the social aims of the profession; Jonathan Keates argues for “a space for beauty as an end in itself”, outlining its complex relationship with the transformation of the idea of ethics; Vittorio Magnago Lampugnani reflects on consumer society and necessity an immediate paradigm shift.


David Chipperfiled meets Renzo Piano in his studio, who speaks of flexibility as a “moral question” and not as a technical fact. Mona Fawaz and Cara Aramouny review this month’s “Grand Project”: Stone Garden, the extraordinary mixed-use building in Beirut's harbour district by Lina Ghotmeh Architecture.

In the Design and Art section, Paola Antonelli narrates design as ‘synthesis’, and the need for agile designers to grasp and protect the ambitions of our vision and to put together the necessary interdisciplinary working groups. Jasper Morrison and Francesca Picchi invite seven young designers to illustrate the references that inspired their design approach. Jay Merrick dialogues with British artist Rachel Whiteread, author of ambitious concrete sculptures.

In this month’s “Drawn closer” column , Yasmeen Lari tells us about the help given to rural communities to rebuild their villages after an earthquake, and questions the order of conventional design processes. In “Making Architecture”, Alexander Schwartz investigates Fernand Pouillon’s stone buildings and considers the qualities shared by both ruins and construction sites. Fulvio Irace ends Reflections of this issue by recalling Domus 433, where Ettore Sottsass presents his collection of furniture for Poltronova.

In the magazine returns the section dedicated to current events Diario, where among the more traditional pages dedicated to children’s designs, readings and openings, stands out a report on the works of Chinese artist Zhijun Wang, who disassembles and transforms sneakers into surreal protective masks.
We then continue with Manuel Orazi who recalls the figure of Vittorio Gregotti, who died due to complications caused by the contagion with Confid-19, and Silvana Annicchiarico who, as every month, presents three young designers that, despite everything, do not want to give up. In the pages of art, Simona Bordone takes a tour of Villa Cerruti, the home museum of one of the most important Italian collectors, while Valentina Petrucci interrogates Bernardo Siciliano, the Italian painter son of the former president of RAI who has chosen to think from New York.
This month’s section ends with a coffee that Walter Mariotti had with Marco Morganti, CEO of Banca Prossima, the most important reality dedicated to impact investment, who explains how, especially in certain circumstances, nothing is easy but everything is possible.

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