De Pas, D’Urbino e Lomazzi
Il gioco e le regole
Curated by Vanni Pasca
Exhibition Design: Studio D’Urbino Lomazzi
Graphic Design: Italo Lupi
Catalogue Corraini Edizioni
CreativeSet exhibitions are a project directed by Silvana Annicchiarico
The MINI&Triennale CreativeSet project presents a tribute to the historical group De Pas, D’Urbino and Lomazzi with a selection of iconic items that highlight their important contribution to the history of Italian design from the points of view of research and experimentation, on one side, and of professionalism, on the other side.
The exhibition is curated by Vanni Pasca, with the special exhibition design by Studio De Pas, D’Urbino e Lomazzi, and graphic design by Italo Lupi.
“Since its opening,” – said Silvana Annicchiarico, Director of Triennale Design Museum – “Triennale Design Museum showed its dual nature and vocation: a place for protecting and emphasizing memory and the history of design, on the one side, a workshop for experimentation and research, on the other. Last year we focused on Carlo De Carli in the CreativeSet area with a project regarding such an important person of the Italian world of design. To continue along the same project path, this year De Pas, D’Urbino and Lomazzi exhibition will propose a critical reading of their activity aimed at re-emphasizing the significance of their role in the history of Italian design”.
Jonathan De Pas (1932-1991), Donato D’Urbino (1935), and Paolo Lomazzi (1936) founded their Studio in 1966, the year when they took part in the interior design competition organized by Selettiva del mobile di Cantù. On that occasion, with the intention to ideally gather the cultural heritage of the modern movement, they contested the ideas that were inspired the competition itself and introduced new themes, which later became constant issues in the philosophy of their art. They claimed an “active relationship” to be established between people, objects and spaces, with the willingness to re-interpret the different types of buildings and the focus on costs and affordability.
In the 60’s, De Pas, D’Urbino and Lomazzi distinguished themselves for their non-conventional approach to design and for their playful and ironic choices characterized by a strong expressive value, which was influenced by the contemporary pop trends.
Some of their most famous pieces of design is the inflatable armchair Blow of 1967, the pneumatic residential and exhibition structures of the same years, the 1970’s Joe baseball glove chair - a large armchair in the shape of a big baseball glove intended as a tribute to the player Joe Di Maggio – and the Sciangai clothes stand of 1973, an enlarged transposition of the sticks of the famous game.
In 1968, they took part in the Osaka World Expo with a modular roofing project consisting of inflatable semi-spheres and, in that same year, they presented an inflatable tunnel designed as a connection piece between the Arts Palace and the Italian Pavilion in Parco Sempione at the XIV 14th Milan Triennale.
Over the years, they developed important research projects on industrial technologies at their Studio, they worked with several entrepreneurs with an open attitude towards material experimentation and conceived new ideas associated with comfort and multi-functionality.
From 1966 to today, their Studio developed over 2,000 projects ranging from industrial design to interior furnishing, from exhibition design to urban planning and architecture.