Oltre Dove -- ’Beyond Time’ exhibition, Milan
At first glance, the objects looked vaguely familiar -- there was, for instance, something that looked like an old-fashioned weighing scale; over there was something that might have been a candle holder; and here was something that could, if you squinted, be a hand-operated winch.
Except, the objects -- part of the ’Beyond Time’ exhibition -- weren’t any of these, though the unsettled emotions that they evoked were certainly deliberate.
Designed by Frederik De Wachter and Alberto Artesani (collectively, Milan-based interior architects DWA) and graphic designer, illustrator and art director Alessandro Costariol, the objects were conceived as a reflection of a future memory in which they seem "to come from a remote future, as if they were archeological finds. Some preserve memories, witnessing something that has yet to happen...Others seem to have a function and remind us of familiar shapes, then show mechanical incongruities that make them completely unrelated."
Presented during Salone del Mobile, the limited edition collection included a handmade carpet and an installation inspired by Albrecht Dürer’s Apocalypse panels. In many ways, the work was a marked departure from the work normally associated with DWA and Costariol who have designed for the likes of Valentino and Ermenegildo Zegna; but if their recent Salone outing is anything to go by, we have much to look forward to.