No Name Design

Franco Clivio, Hidden Forms.

The cabinet of curiosities of Franco Clivio, in Mudac, Lausanne, Switzerland, until 09 February 2014
For several decades now, this creator and lecturer has, with a passion and a rare perspicacity, gone about collecting everyday objects. These he classes by functions, or system typologies, materials or for­mal families. This exhibition, which he himself devised, features a significant selection of his discoveries. The objects, often anonymously designed, pay homage to the ingenuity of the craftsmen and engineers who provided solutions to a variety of problems. Addressed are issues linked to an original and its copies, to the model that enables a whole range of products to be developed, or else to the old but still current issue of the choice of materials – natural or artificial – and the techniques these bring into play. A generous presentation in a playful, pedagogical, and at times poetic vein.