The courtyard of the Palazzo Litta has historically mediated between public streets and private lives; this fusion of collectivity and individuality animates the elegant space, rendering it a vital setting for design discourse. For DAMN° and Mosca Partners’ Salone del Mobile event, Diller Scofidio + Renfro engages Palazzo Litta’s courtyard with the most basic architectural element – the roof, to filter the sky and capture the space.
The canopy is composed of 300 pairs of jeans. Deploying the jeans as a ready-made, intentionally misusing and translating them from the context of the human body into an architectural module, the design exploits the implicit structural logic of the garment – connecting the jeans waist-to-waist and cuff-to-cuff – to create a tensile, catenary diagrid that spans the open space of the courtyard. The net gives the impression of a body imprinted in space, but one also de-familiarised by repetition. As an architectural figure, the net springs across the courtyard, describing a collective ethos; as a series of modular parts, the jeans point to the individual human dimension. A contemporary folly in the bracketed context of monumental classicism, the canopy stitches together two vital scales of urban life.
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DS+R’s courtyard installation is supported by: Trussardi, Gaggenau, Zumtobel, Living Divani, Emeco, Eterno Ivica, and Redaelli.