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This is the last of our 4-part mega blogpost about the exhibition –  Arts & Foods. Rituals since 1851 at the Palazzo di Triennale …

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On the day, we were a bit of short of time because of our train for Venice in the afternoon. So we rushed through the museum. This was a far cry from the crush of people at the Expo 2015. At the Triennale, there was hardly anyone and we could enjoy the exhibits at our own pace.

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This is the part of the show that we saw really quickly – it is mostly about appliances and equipment.

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Magic Chef by American Stove Corporation 1935

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Many of the objects here are made by Alessi. First, there are these oversized reproductions of iconic designs of daily objects. La Conica by Aldo Rossi.

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Philip Starck’s “Juicy salif” – looking even more alien-like when it is five foot tall.

Alessi was founded in 1921 in Omegna as a maker of tableware and household objects. During the 1950s the company gradually replaces soft metals with stainless steel, marking the transition from artisanal craftsmanship to mass production.

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La Cupola by Aldo Rossi. We actually own one but it is not being used much – yeah, Nespresso’s fault.

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There are several windows displaying small tools for the kitchen. Most if not all are timers. Timers definitely do not need to look like a clock.

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Alessi begins working with external designers in 1955. In the 70’s and 80, Alessi became a “factory of Italian design”.

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Alessi’s mission is now one of translating its quest for the most advanced cultural, aesthetic, design and functional quality into mass production. The company is committed to a design approach in which the most advanced expression of international creativity is always balanced against the desires of the general public.

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Well, the Arts & Foods was one of those exhibitions that had both depth and breadth, that we would love to spend more time seeing but just cannot manage.

This post closes the 4-part story. Click here, here and here to read the earlier posts.

 

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One Comment

  1. This is fabulous! So much fun especially it’s like you own the place!


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