Matteo Ragni: "We design for better days".

“Fall in love with the objects you surround yourself with”

Matteo Ragni flaunts Artigo and Linvisibile at Palazzo Litta

Veerle Devos March 2016
Italian designer Matteo Ragni will be presenting two installations at Palazzo Litta, as part of A Matter of Perception: Tradition and Technology, the exhibition curated by DAMNº and Mosca Partners.

In the entrance hall, alongside Palazzo Litta’s grand stairway, Matteo Ragni pays tribute to Italian company Artigo, known worldwide for its rubber-dot floors designed by Ettore Sottsass. “It’s a tribute to the tradition Artigo represents, as well as to its attitude of tireless innovation, not only in terms of design but also technology.” Matteo Ragni has created a kind of waterfall in rubber, a display in various colours and textures: “A big wave that covers the palace staircase from top to bottom!” Ragni’s second piece is on the first floor. “We realised this in collaboration with Italian company Linvisibile, a leader in flush doors. The brand has existed for some 30 years and now wants to reposition itself. We are showing different aspects, with respect for the DNA of the company and for the environment.” A door that seems to open by magic; the high-tech remains invisible.
Ragni is a great advocate of the Italian approach. “Sure, Italian companies are innovative, and we tend to easily combine tradition and technology, playing and creating great things through trial and error. But the unique selling proposition of Italian brands is that they usually don’t show-off the technology – the human factor is always more important. Italian companies first work with their heart, and then they think about the market. Even though they’re very open to the international market.” As is he. “Designers should design for better days. Our aim should be to make life easier, funnier, and gentler for people. I learned this being a father of three”, says Ragni, for whom marketability is not the first concern. “Although business is crucial, I certainly don’t only work for money or success. I would not compare the value of our work as designers with that of doctors or scientists, but if someone uses a product of mine, I’m very well aware of the fact he or she possesses a piece of my soul.” Ragni’s mission is not just to enhance people’s lives through design or to share his soul, but also to make people aware of the objects they buy, use, and… throw away. “If you purchase pieces that are thought about, well designed, a bit pricier, and that are made of sustainable materials and created to last, you will handle them with care. We have to fall in love with the objects we surround ourselves with.” In our current time, there are so many things we can have that now perhaps it’s time to detox. “Choose for less and better! It will give us fresh energy.”
Artigo rubber dot floors, picture Max Rommel.
Matteo Ragni’s installations are on display at A Matter of Perception: Tradition and Technology in Palazzo Litta, Corso Magenta 24, Milan. 12-17 April 2016. 
Matteo Ragni Studio for Artigo - Palazzo Litta.
Matteo Ragni at Linvisible, picture Max Rommel.
Linvisible, the invisible beauty of Palazzo Litta.

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Veerle Devos

Veerle Devos (aka VOS) is a historian who has been active in journalism for many years, working with DAMNº since 2005. She's co-founder of the Office for Urban Reporting, a research centre and production house that investigates and communicates about 21st-century urbanisation. In her free time she’s preparing a personal travel guide for Portugal.

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