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30/04/2021
 | EDITORIAL

Months of silence, yes-maybe-no-well yes weeks. The Salone Del Mobile special light edition is confirmed from September 5 to 10 and design starts again together with city’s economy. But let's not forget the Fuorisalone, at the forefront livening up Milan.

A support and hope machine has been set in motion, that’s good news. 
The great possible void left by Salone, which first suggested a "recovery" edition in September after two missed appointments in April 2020 and 2021 and then wavered for long weeks, will be filled up.
New format, new ideas, well-known curator/s, collective thematic exhibitions, simplified set-ups, probably lighter costs, more inclusive spaces are already on the way. Precisely the project on which Superstudio has already been working for some time for its Superdesign Show Special Edition. A coincidence that reassures us...

22/04/2021
 | DESIGN, EDITORIAL

Salone and the associated Fuorisalone, moved to September, seemed a certainty, thanks to the improved health situation and Fairs opening. But no. The Salone hangs in the balance. And what about Fuorisalone? Maybe it’s time to strengthen Design in the City, regardless of the Fair. Even with a new name to emphasize a new identity.

Almost every day a fluctuating statement on destinies of the Salone del Mobile in Milan, traditionally in April, which due to the pandemic has already "skipped" two editions, 2020 and 2021, assuming (until yesterday) a certain recovery this coming September from 5 to 10. A date painfully achieved by the dialogue between Federarredo and Cosmit, Salone del Mobile organising bodies, with Draghi Government which had to ensure the certain opening of Fairs prior to that date and with the willingness of the most important companies to be present in the renaissance Fair...

12/04/2021
 | EDITORIAL

Despite the feeling of uncertainty among some business operators and the long wait for a statement by the Salone del Mobile, Design's Fuorisalone, the most important communication and creativity event that has created MILAN DESIGN WEEK and distinguished Milan for more than twenty years, in 2021 will take place. Promoters' leading group has already confirmed its intention to start again with a special edition in September. Superstudio, pioneer and founder of Design "movement" widespread in the Districts, increases its exhibition venues and confirms its commitment. Its Superdesign Show will be there in September. With R/evolution, the general title for an edition that will look far through different projects. With R/evolution, the general title for an edition that will look far through different projects. 

01/02/2021
 | EDITORIAL

We are already in February and the year of the magnificent twenty years of Superstudio Più is already over, sadly closed to events. Including our birthday party. From 2000 to 2020 time was spent in a breath, with the end of a year to forget. We hope to celebrate the return to normality in 2021, with a finished pandemic, with new initiatives and new hopes.

We could not imagine, Flavio and I, that day back in 1999 when, looking for 1000/1500 square meters to set up a new larger art atelier for him and for me a studio suitable for television footage that would complete first Superstudio in via Forcella 13 photographic studios proposal, we came across a large Gabetti sign, in via Tortona 27: factory building of 17.000 sqm for sale.

25/01/2021
 | EDITORIAL

From trials of street-artists caught in the act of committing "crime", to urban art that has became the essential ingredient to make cities attractive and suburbs tasty. Milan once again as "movement" leader aiming to increase art on the walls, in the gardens, in the squares. Everything began fifteen years ago. I was there.

I remember when, in 2006, the then newly elected mayor Letizia Moratti called me to join Milan Strategic Committee in order to give suggestions on creativity still dormant in my city, one of the first things I tried my hand at was an attempt to clear street artists from undesirable ghetto to the real artists one, such as many were, making the difference between vandals/taggers and guys who expressed dreams and drawings with murals, often ennobling degraded walls...

03/11/2020
 | EDITORIAL

The media terrorism accompanying the pandemic sometimes suggests extreme solutions to avoid coronavirus infection, without remembering that this infinitesimal, treacherous virus knows how to find a thousand opportunities to infiltrate into our body and infect us, with a more or less frightening viral load.
In this scenario, the last resort of Contactless, not touching anything or anyone, seems to be an increasingly practicable way confronted with many solutions that creativity proposes. Well.
Instead of leafing through communitarian newspapers and magazines, with the dangerous gesture of wetting one’s finger, digital editions on your own device or computer shall be used. Be careful to sign: either e-signatures and if not woe to use the kindly offered ballpoint pen, one never knows, therefore all provided of personal pen...

29/09/2020
 | EDITORIAL

The Fashion Week just ended in Milan, between phigital events, royal fashion shows and digital fashion shows, more than new clothes (everything is now permissible) has brought another idea of beauty. Identity went on the stage rather than aesthetics: "real" women in place of approved models. Another positive message in the year that inaugurates the decade that already sees many women in the foreground in key positions.

If there is a general observation that I could make after the brave Milan Fashion Week which lined up real, digital, virtual, essential, spectacular, classic, reinvented, filmed fashion shows - all interesting although a little cold unfortunately due to a lack of human warmth kisses initial thoughts and rock applause - it is not so much the variety of all kinds proposals (to what we are used to) but the change of models called to present them. More ethical than aesthetic choice...

22/09/2020
 | EDITORIAL

I've always thought that women, except for a very few lucky ones, are not given the place they deserve. I have always thought that their disposability and concreteness, combined with other qualities not lacking to capable men and women, could be an added value for those who hold the levers of power in their hands. Without feminist ulterior motives, political judgments or claims of quotas for women, I can only be pleased to see that the pool of women who are now moving the levers of the European Union, Ursula von der Leyen, Christine Lagarde, Angela Merkel, not to mention those just a step below, they are making human and indispensable decisions, also revising treatises and preconceptions. If something is moving at the top is this the signal that now it's up to women?

I've always thought that creativity has no gender, but that of women also has a special sensitiveness and a boost to decoration of its own.
I have always thought that with so many graduates top of their class in polytechnics and art academies, there's no match in the number of professionals known for their talent...

01/09/2020
 | EDITORIAL

Forget the annus horribilis that has haunted us so far and, like the kids coming back to school, consider September the beginning of a new cycle of our life and our work.

Perhaps only this attitude can give us a positive restart, aware that among the many risks that we run every day since we were born, there is also this, the evil Covid-19, and we must live with it. Let us therefore enter the next few months with optimism, hope, awareness, as if it were another year, another decade, another century, another future where nothing will be as it was before and many broken pieces may, perhaps, fall into place...

07/08/2020
 | EDITORIAL

@AT and all of us at Superstudio take two weeks of well-deserved break from the problems of all kinds that this terrible year has thrown on us. In fact, even if we are physically distant from our Milan, the thought will be constantly connected with the improvements, changes, investments that we continue to make on our venues and for our activities, trusting with optimism in a recovery that allows us to start from where we were left. In order not to lose sight @AT remains available online in all its parts and comes back on paper and digital versions at the beginning of September.

Despite the never-ending health emergency, the closed pubs, the empty hotels, the journeys under observation, the contradictory numbers that you don't know if they must scare us or calm us, the wait for the miraculous vaccine that still doesn't exist, the economic downturn that has affected companies of all sizes, despite everything, we want to be optimistic. Let us try to look at our home by picking up those first movements that indicate that the path goes forward, as we wish you all...

20/07/2020
 | EDITORIAL

Once the first Digital Fashion Week was over, the feeling was that Covid made a further victim: the fashion system. And all that goes with it. A reflection in cold blood on a half-successful event and on how to bring back the fashion trend.  

With great sorrow, I witnessed the last inexistent Milan Fashion Week of June, moved to July, spent among virtual attempts, calls on the web, mega-screens in the deserted city, digitalized presentations, the “missing” White, the most brilliant fair, with its experiments of Street Market and addressing eco-fashion and Fashion Revolution and its innovative men fashion proposals. An empty Tortona district, which used to be buzzing with fashion shows, events, hot show-rooms, restaurants full of creatives, for the sadness of residents and regulars. And the rest of the city, of course...

15/06/2020
 | EDITORIAL

14/17 July 2020 is a turning point event: the first digital fashion week that could lead  the way for the fashion shows of the future is born, with interactions among physical and virtual and audience all over the world. Top brands, Camera Moda and Superstudio are ready. 

Phase 3 of the post-coronavirus opens, bringing along lots of good intentions. Among these, some outstanding initiatives suggesting a less selfish world, a better awareness of diversity and needs. There are already many entrepreneurs of the Made in Italy, fashion and design, that since the first signs of the pandemic have made a race of generosity to help the health crisis with generous offers in money or with supplies of medical devices or even with funds to support families of virus victims (see HERE on our @AT)...

26/05/2020
 | EDITORIAL

The doubt is legitimate to follow the statements of the fashion big names, from Giorgio Armani to Alessandro Michele for Gucci, to Anthony Vaccarello for Saint Laurent, to Dries Van Noten, to Alessandro Sartori for Zegna, the times and ways of the collections presentations must be rethought according to the creative visions of each, outside of catwalks and fixed appointments coordinated from above, more and more frenetic.

Slowing down is the key word that came out of the pandemic that will serve to redesign the future. Fashion bigs had a few months to rethink this increasingly accelerated system that forced them to a continuous flow of creativity, to churn out excess products, to a short-sighted marketing which could not see far, to an abnormal production that often created unsold intended for the parallel market. Slow-Fashion now takes its revenge on the Fast-Fashion that not many years ago has revolutionized the fashion world with ever new clothing at ever lower costs, filling the wardrobes but lowering the desire. It took the time of the #istayhome to look inside and wonder if the "so much", in all senses, had not really become too much...

15/04/2020
 | EDITORIAL

While many wonder: but how will our life change "after"? we did not realize that we have already slipped into the uncertainty of tomorrow, anticipating a sea change, years before this happened naturally with all the  predictable  consequences.
If we think that as soon as we enter phase 3 of the emergency, social distancing, face masks, glasses, gloves, disinfectant, lockdown, are words to forget maybe we are hopeless  optimists. At least until a treatment or vaccine has been found for this insidious virus.
What are now annoying tasks have all the aura to became unwelcome habits that should be learned to live with even now. Let's dematerialize, forgetting hugs and kisses, laughter and karaoke, dinners and trips with friends. But also the reassuring visits of the family doctor, the pampering of the hairdresser and the beautician... 

07/04/2020
 | EDITORIAL

We are all fine, with our hearts gripped by anguish every time news of the evolution of this terrible health situation reaches us. The world is locked, it's not know up to when. The hope and the desire to get back to life as usual keep us active, busy, focused, open to the new possibilities that the incredible reality that surrounds us today has shown us: forcing us to reinvent our lives and remodulate the scale of values. Family, affection, love in the first place. And consequently the house, rediscovered as the shelter that does not betray. Then, in random order, the work we have learned can be done on the couch, on a bench, on vacation, without fixed hours and physical chains, but mental stimulation only. Studies, which don’t take you away from teachers and classmates, only you see them in two dimensions, on the screen. Friends ...

23/03/2020
 | EDITORIAL

Honestly, I too believe that once this health emergency is over (but will it ever really end?) we will all be more vulnerable and in danger. We have understood that it is not only the third world war, already touched on several times to threaten us.
Nor is Islamic and international terrorism frightening us.
Nor the delinquency that they tell us in decrease but that when it touches you it still terrifies you.
Nor the mass invasions of the world's poor who flee from impossible countries.
Nor the "climate change" with all the dark and real threats brought back to consciousness by Greta Thunberg.
Nor the coronavirus that an unheard Bill Gates had predicted four years ago and that only now goes around the net.
Nor the unstoppable drought that burns lives, the devastating Australian fires, the tsunamis that sweep everything under a wave ...

18/03/2020
 | DESIGN, EDITORIAL

Despite the crisis, despite the uncertainty, despite the fear, we continue to believe that the appointment with Design in Milan will be - whenever it is - a moment of redemption, trust, beauty, progress, sociality. We are working to return at the beginning of summer with a renewed, sparkling and exciting Superdesign Show, together with the districts of Milan and the Salone. But also ready to propose real and virtual innovations that will make our event even more interesting and irreplaceable. With the presence of large global brands that are wondering about life and the environment. With a stroll through the cultured and technological proposals of the contemporary East. With an endless roundup of young international designers. With a special on Women Designers in the year dedicated to female creativity. With Supercampus ...

01/01/2020
 | EDITORIAL, LOCATIONS
The history of forty years of the Milanese Superstudio, progressing at the same pace as the city change, often anticipating it, has been presented at the Triennale. In a space filled with personalities and guests, with greeting by the President of Triennale Stefano Boeri and speeches by the council members of the Municipality of Milan Cristina Tajani and Pierfrancesco Maran, the video-story described the transition of the culture and the art from the centre to the suburbs, that became, thanks to Superstudio, the new centre. So much mystery, hopes, and expectations in the change of decade of the current century: will the forthcoming years be the “belle époque” of the new millennium? The question opens an unknown world that will revolutionize our lives. Will adults of the ‘900 be unable to dialogue with digital natives, will the ju..
01/10/2019
 | EDITORIAL, INNOVATION
In this liquid, or better said gaseous world, where disciplines, professions, visions intersect one another, creating new professions still difficult to frame and define, the digitalization, robotization, artificial intelligence, augmented reality, dematerialization, advanced technologies and other extreme forms defined by algorithms and other crazy ideas, become the keys to enter the future where everything mixes, contaminates, regenerates. Generations that coexist and produce ask themselves: where will we end to? Enlightening is the position of sociologist Francesco Morace Chairman of Future Concept Lab Research Institute and creator of “Festival della Crescita”: «to combine the best way culture of the project and commerce 5.0- it is necessary to elaborate a new sense of enterprise, where converging in a balanced way the machine le..
01/05/2019
 | DESIGN, EDITORIAL
Like every year, at the end of the Design Week of Milan, the same-old farce of figures (and visitors) takes place and whoever gives the highest ones, as in a fishing contest whoever catches the biggest one. No one makes a difference among typologies, substance, message, purpose of the events, as long as the biggest crowd is reported, and any means is legitimate. It is not important to make a distinction among operators and creatives and groups of youngsters full of beer (irregularly sold cheaply in the streets of design) or the parades with drums or irreverent masquerades like sumo fighters with huge fake bellies wandering around the showrooms. There are then the “easy-click” ones, attracted by spectacular installations such as the zipper on the facade or the pierced-woman-chair by Gaetano Pesce, that have a little to do with the desi..
01/04/2019
 | ARTS, DESIGN, EDITORIAL, INNOVATION
A subtle fil-rouge, at Superdesign Show 2019, connects proposals and research that are the basis of today’s design-thinking. Over these last few years’ creative bulimia, a lot of excesses displaced us and made us forget the great masters’ lessons, cultures embedded in our DNA, undeniable traditions, environmental risks and fears which, everyone, from now on, must face. On the another hand, the aesthetic changing trend does not stop, it feeds on invisible inspirations, welcomes cryptic messages, destroys and creates trends, interferes with desires, creates new consumption models. And a third aspect, technology moves with extreme acceleration transforming our own lives but is increasingly human-tech. The theme of this edition of Superdesign Show is Innovation&Tradition, born from the awareness of the co-existence of these three in..
01/04/2018
 | DESIGN, EDITORIAL, EVENTS
More convinced than ever that in the Milan Capital of Design, where events uncontrollably increase where it is impossible to see everything, projects make the difference. The best projects. Able to give a response to today’s demand of better living and to the theme of sustainability, involving houses, architecture, furniture, life-style, automotive, technologies, cities. Irrespective of the logics of the many districts in Milan, that, reasonably or not, in April turn into temporary design hubs, the fil rouge that we recommend to visitors for Design Week is to search for Best Projects, wherever they may be, guaranteed by theme, involved designers, the specific interest. And this is how Superdesign Show, once again renovates with coherence and with a strong action that states its commitment to this year’s claim: Only The Best. Significa..
01/11/2017
 | EDITORIAL, LOCATIONS
In Milan, Superstudio indicates an iconic place, actually two, that taxi drivers have known, by heart for years. The name, chosen as a tribute to the namesake Avant guard group of architects of the 70’s by the founders Gisella Borioli and Flavio Lucchini, points at Superstudio 13 the first hub for fashion photography and image created in 1983, and at the nearby Superstudio Più, the great centre for innovative events open in 2000. Thirty-five years after the first centre dedicated to creativity, Superstudio Group looks ahead with innovations both in its own and related companies’ activities, renovates the organisation, the offer and the team. A few examples? Art and community merge in the new “Fondazione Flavio Lucchini” project, NPO that will manage Lucchini’s art works heritage with the aim to encourage “special needs” you..
01/06/2017
 | DESIGN, EDITORIAL
Superdesign Show is over, the peak moment of the FuoriSalone 2017 and spring, the time of big and small appointments continues in the two locations of Superstudio. White June, research menswear and womenswear preview is, as usual, Superstudio’s first appointment with a summer full of surprises, starting with the new International presences. Whereas at Superstudio 13, the historical photographic studios turn, for the Fashion Week, into Tomorrow’s location, trendy mega showroom that gathers many successful avant-garde brands. For the third time, the spectacular fashion show of David Fielden’s wedding dresses is back. The new organisation by Superstudio Events, operated by a team of young people totally dedicated to temporary events, is unstoppable and brings more, numerous new entries. The first edition of Italian Gourmet at Superstud..
01/04/2017
 | DESIGN, EDITORIAL, LOCATIONS
Superstudio Più along with Design in Tortona district comes of age, turning eighteen. It seems like yesterday when, in a street full of factories on the way to being dismissed, the former General Electric turned into the throbbing heart of the district, opening up to every experiences of creativity and innovation, starting from design, art, fashion, paving the way to something that will soon be emulated all over the city. An original place and project, a continuously in-progress hub where all expressions of contemporaneity find a space, from top names to young authors. After the first few years of Design Connection, with the important presence of Giulio Cappellini as exhibitor and inspirer and Luca Fois as promoter, here comes the increasing commercial success. Too commercial. Consequently, in 2009, to high-light its precise identity, th..
01/02/2017
 | EDITORIAL, EVENTS
7th December 2017: first day of the first year dedicated to the European Culture began at Superstudio Più, honoured to be part in such an important event, and in some sense, recognises also its key role in the city’s cultural scenario. A “parterre de roi” of ministers and delegates of Italian and foreign institutions have been summoned to discuss the future of Europe from the point of view of its immense patrimony of art works and invention well beyond those of any other country or union of countries in the world. The European Culture Forum 2017 hosted many enthusiastic and passionate speakers such as the President of European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker and Antonio Tajani President of the European Parliament and moreover Dario Franceschini Minister of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism of Italy, Tibor Navracsics Europ..
01/04/2016
 | DESIGN, EDITORIAL
A white page open on the future. New words race through the thread of creation and experimenta-tion, being the base of the latest Design proposals. Design “at large”, because today beauty and design involve every aspect of our life, even those where function seemed to be enough. Words that express universal concepts such as ethics, aesthetics, technology, econ-omy, contemporaneity, sustainability, sociality, uniqueness, diversity, seriality, manual skill, flexibility, re-using, senso-riality, mobility, sharing, cultural multi-plicity, nature and more, according to a new vision. We made it our theme of SuperDesign 2016 edition, meant as a white page on which architects, designers, engineers and digital and non-digital creatives could leave a clear trace of their constructive thought. We have asked the big and small attend-ing companies..
01/04/2015
 | DESIGN, EDITORIAL, LOCATIONS
A novel, large and expressive logo, designed by the art-director and artist Flavio Lucchini, to symbolize the new era of design at Superstudio, having reached the mark of 15 years of success. SUPERDESIGN SHOW, to convey how design has now surpassed itself, and at the same time conventions, prejudices and categories, hierarchies, limits, boundaries and even physical laws, occasionally daring the impossible. The lesson of the great mas-ters of the Post-modern and of Radical design, from Ettore Sottsass to Andrea Branzi and Alessandro Guerriero and Alessandro Mendini, who opened the oodgates of fantasy in the seventies, has become the watchword of contemporary design, which is able to com-bine tradition with eclecticism, the past with the future, experimentation with quality. After opening its doors to the events of the Fuori Salone in 2..
01/04/2014
 | DESIGN, EDITORIAL, INNOVATION
The multiplicity of artistic languages, disciplines crossing, technology and aesthetics interaction, opening of new markets, new production techniques, new sale channels, new working methods, new creative breeding grounds: all this completely changed, in a few years, the world design landscape, the way of thinking, making, communicating, distributing the objects that, changing our house or working place, change our life. Just think of the revolution brought by e-commerce, by 3D printers, by co-working, by self-production, by eco-friendly thinking, by art-design, by limited editions, by re-using, by countries which use to manufacture for third parties and are now creating ideas, by self-communication through web, facebook, instagram and much more in a click, and there is no doubt that the grounded world of big brand designers and archi-sta..
01/10/2013
 | EDITORIAL, INNOVATION
It is a great honour to bring to Downtown Design, staged for the first time in the heart of Dubai (29 October -1 November), the Temporary Museum for New Design, highlight of the Fuori Salone during the Design Week in Mi-lan, the historic capital of international design. Launched in 2001 by Superstudio Group, at Superstudio Più, its spacious cultural and exhibition cen-tre dedicated to innovative events spanning the fields of art, fashion and design, and revamped in 2009 with the format ‘less fair and more museum’, the Temporary Museum explores the new confines of global design, paying great attention to research and quality, to new talents, to technological progress and crossovers with art. In its galleries international brands, great architects and young designers present their new creations with exciting and interac-tive install..
02/04/2013
 | DESIGN, EDITORIAL
As the world changes at supersonic speed and the poles of power and progress move the center of gravity, design becomes a focal point of world deve-lopment. It’s Global Design, in the double sense that the re-design becomes the commercial and cultural motor that affects the entire planet. But it’s also Global in the sense that involves all sectors. There is a new aesthetic that looks more to shape than to function, overflows from furniture and home to become the added value in every area of daily life: from automotive technology to life-style in general, giving a new appeal to suitcases and printers, bottles of water and wine and the sex-toys, body-care and bulbs, toothbrushes or avant-garde art. A trend well-represented at the Temporary Museum for New Design 2013. The theme suggested by Superstudio to his exhibitors: ROOTS, such a..
01/04/2012
 | DESIGN, EDITORIAL
A storm of sounds, videos, lights, projections, holograms, 3Ds, augmented reality and special effects seems to be the ultimate great attraction chosen to display the new design during this Design Week. With the aid of visual-artists of great caliber and of state-of-the-art technologies, the object is almost dematerialized and ensues from the sound and visual emotions it complements, and not the other way around. Product histories are told through images, movies, words, evocation and interactivity. This year’s new trend invites to new sensations and questions, stimulating other curiosities beside the mere act of sitting down, opening a wardrobe or turning on a light. This trend embodies the main theme of the 2012 Temporary Museum for New Design, a project that succeeded in turning a fair event into an emotional exhibition, where all t..
01/04/2011
 | DESIGN, EDITORIAL
Three years ago it seemed a crazy notion the idea of Gisella Borioli, CEO ofSuperstudio Group, to rename “Temporary Museum” the event, mainly devoted to busi-ness opportunities, which since 2001 has been hosting at Superstudio Più thosedesign companies that chose to exhibit in the Tortona area, turned into the exhibitionarea complementary to the “Salone del Mobile” held in Rho, Milan. It seemed crazy toplace a contemporary museum as a reference point to build an exhibition with severalbrands, each with a quiteprecise and different identityand ask them to make asacrifice by confining them-selves into long and myste-rious “galleries” instead ofopening into wide stands,by giving up the giant exter-nal logos and replacingthem with sober and uni-form signs, by committingthemselves to an artisticexhibition more likely tocause am..
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