Margherita Ratti is a design advisor and curator based in Paris. Her curatorial practice seems to mostly manifest in a keen eye, enjoyment and intuition rather than an ideology, necessarily. Works included Elisa Uberti Utopie vases, Bloc Studio’s Ondamarmo table by Federica Elmo and Pietro Russo’s Fabrica della Luce. This comes from experience as the artistic director of the Galerie Italienne in Paris, which is specialised in the production of limited design editions. Ratti divides her time between design and architecture, working well with the second arm of the fair.
The architectural arm was curated by Andreas Kofler, an architect and urbanist by training—including work with Theo Deutinger and Rem Koolhaaas—and a writer and curator as of late of the Swiss Architecture Museum (S AM). The theme was overarchingly colour, and Kofler wanted to create a Wunderkammer that was dedicated to this theme. The Wundercammer, housed in the great hall of the imposing Palazzo del Broletto housed experiments, 1:1 prototypes, artefacts, replicas, drawings, photographs and, most interestingly, models. The more intellectually stimulating of the two fairs, it featured pieces that highlighted the elastic boundaries of the architectural practice and the bottomless spatial imagination of the architect. Works included drawings by Ettore Sottsass, mixed media installations by Nicolas Delaroche and collages by PiM.Studio Architects.
Among the exhibitors: independent designers (Draga & Aurel, Colucci & Colucci, Gupica, Max Lipsey, D’STUD’IO, Roger Coll, Markus Friedich Staab, Miguel Leiro, Emma Cogné, Mathieu Peyroulet Ghillini, Gianluca Landoni, Barbera-Madelli, Maria Tyakina), established designers whose works have been made for manufacturers (Piero Lissoni / Living Divani, Philippe Nigro / Manerba, Sottsass Associati / Segis, Andrea Anastasio / Et al, Maddalena Casadei / Fucina, Emanuele Magini / Campeggi) and design editors (Pretziada, JCP, Bloc Studios, Marimar with Giorgio Bonaguro, Eligo Studio). Created ad hoc: the light solar-powered sculpture by Pietro Russo, Twins a pair of terracotta small tables by Millim Studio, Circle-Game by Michele Seppia for NERO design gallery, the bookcase with coloured uprights by studiointervallo, the limited edition chairs by Alban le Henry for Colos, the double vase by Alain Berteau for Atelier Jespers, the new Diatomée vases by Garnier & Linker and Spazio Nobile and the works of Fict Studio, Charles Antoine Chappuis and Elisa Uberti. There will also be contemporary objects produced by the galleries including a mirror from Studio Briand&Berthereau for éditions du coté and the one from Studio Minale-Maeda for ToolsGalerie, the resin carpets of Matteo Pellegrini for Camp Design Gallery, the objects / sculptures by Duccio Maria Gambi for Numeroventi, the oggetti possibili of Zaven for Galleria Luisa delle Piane and the works of the artists Mia E Goransson and Kaja Upelj for Officine Saffi.