Triennale di Milano


Interface and Lasvit use Milan Design Week 2012 to launch its Metropolis collection and Liquidkristal by Ross Lovegrove

La Triennale di Milano design museum in Milan, Italy, holds exhibitions that run in conjunction with Salone Internazionale del Mobile. It hosts exhibitions and events which highlight contemporary Italian design, urban planning, architecture, music, and media arts.

Interface chose Milan Design Week 2012 as the European launch pad for its collection, Metropolis at La Triennale di Milano, while Lasvit hosted an installation at the same venue for its ‘Lasvit Liquidkristal’ by Ross Lovegrove.


Interface’s Metropolis exhibition was held in collaboration with architect and fashion designer Francesco Maria Bandini, to represent the themes of apocalypse and rebirth. The collection includes 15 designs that symbolise the past, present and future of human civilizations and their cities.

“History will always repeat itself. Cities have been built and destroyed and built again, and yet humankind will always look to the future, to what it will bring after destruction: rebirth,” said Michele Iacovitti, vice president, marketing communication ad branding, Interface.

“Interface looked into these apocalyptic prophecies and mysterious trends of the past. We looked into the 2012 trends influenced by the end and regeneration of cities and cultures and we developed Mteropolis. A collection of new products inspired by the themes of apocalypse and rebirth.

Products that represent in their patterns the broken lines of destroyed architecture, the visible signs of nature taking over ruins and the surreal patterns and electric lights of futuristic cities.”

Interface recently won The Athaneum Good Design Award for World Textiles and is working in partnership with designer David Oakey on a campaign called Creative Nesting which creates workspaces where people bring more of themselves into the office environment; inhabiting a space that expresses who they are.

It is currently working on projects with Google HQ in Zurich and the BBC Salford Quays offices in Manchester, UK.

“Companies like Google and Pixar have already incorporated that (Creative Nesting) thinking into their workspaces. Collaboration has become a business strategy that is changing the way offices are designed. Offices that were traditionally designed with individual cubicles, called ‘I-Space’, are now being designed with sharing spaces called ‘We-Space’,” said Oakey.

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