Italian Design Archipelago

Design © Matteo Belfiore

Photo © Lamberto Rubino

Curated by the architect Matteo Belfiore, the 2019 edition of “Italian Design Day” in Tokyo featured ten select companies among the excellences of Italian design. The exhibition was characterized by “i-Mesh Byobu” used as a metaphoric bridge between Italian and Japanese cultures. Byobu is an elegant room divider inspired by paper-made historical Japanese furniture.

Each company has chosen to display an iconic object from its catalogue, the one that more than others represent a paradigm of beauty, innovation and utility. Curated by the architect Matteo Belfiore, who models the layout of the exhibition on the archipelago's image. The reference is to the islands of Japan, as well as a metaphor for Italian design companies. They have different styles and history, but they all share the objective of promoting the Italian way of thinking and the beauty of the design. The exhibition 'islands' - each dedicated to a company or a product - are placed in a landscape that explicitly mentions karesansui, the Japanese rock garden.

Participating companies and products: i-Mesh w/ Byobu, Alessi w/ Anna Gong, Arper w/ Catifa 46, Artemide w/ Come Together, Barovier & Toso w/ Aurum, Cassina w/ 412 Cab and 413 Cab, FontanaArte w/ Kanji, Foscarini w/ Twiggy, Magis w/ Spun, Poltrona Frau w/ Vanity fair, Unifor w/ Parigi.

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Italian Design Archipelago
Italian Design Archipelago

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