Text by: Annarosa Laureti

Design Week is about to start and Milan is in abuzz: many and many events will make the city the capital of art and design for seven days.

In addition to the main appointment of the Salone del Mobile – this year at the 58th edition completely dedicated to the lighting – you can’t miss the numerous exhibitions that will take place around the city.

One of them is surely the exhibition HoperAperta “La Decorazione come Struttura Narrativa” (The Decoration as Narrative Structure), a project by Patrizia Catalano and Maurizio Barberis that will be shown at SIAM space, in “5vie” district.

Starting from the idea that the object has to be conceived, imaged and realized as one-off, six authors – Alfonso Femia / AF* Design, Duccio Grassi, Federico Spagnulo, Fabio Cammarata, Maurizio Barberis and NùeVù – redefined the very concept of “decorum”, intertwining art and design.

Thanks to these artists, in fact, an object thought to go serial – a design decoration item – became a unique object of art-design and, at the same time, a truly work of art, also able to tell many stories about past, present and future.

The theme of memory, for example, is investigated by Fabio Cammarata with his “Casciuniddu”, made in collaboration with CL Italia, while the ancient myth of the Japanese dragon Ryu is linked to the console/sculpture of Duccio Grassi, Marmi Faedo, Oemmebi and Cromonichel. Then, the relationship between signified and signifier is explored in “Genoma” by Federico Spagnulo and Julia Marmi who translated into a stone wall decoration the human genome’s structure.

Maurizio Barberis, with Officine Tamborrino and CL Italia, starting from the “Arnolfini Portrait” by Jan van Eyck, reflects on the masterpiece’s making-process by realizing “Arnolfini’s Mirror” while the actual theme of the Moon is proposed by Alfonso Femia who tries to reproduce moon’s surface in his “The Many Faces of The Moon” made in mirror-finish steel.

The exhibition – that also counts other art and design pieces – won’t turn around a particular style, but it will give life to a pathway at whose epilogue we will find a new meaning of the art of dwelling.



A project by Patrizia Catalano and Maurizio Barberis

From April 9 to 14, 10.00 am – 8.00 pm

SIAM, Società di Incoraggiamento Arti e Mestieri

Via Santa Marta 18, Milan


Cover: “Casciuniddu” by Fabio Cammarata