From September 5 to 12, in conjunction with super salon, Elle Decor Italia’s new design appointment begins: in the heart of Milan, at the historic Palazzo Bovara, the exhibition-installation “The fluid house”signed by Elisa Ossino Studiowith his landscape design Marco Bay.
“We really wanted an event of this type during Planning week: The moment has never been more favorable than now to reflect on the domestic dimension,” he says Livia Peraldo Matton, director of Elle Decor Italia. “The pandemic made us more aware and made us understand how the house must respond, today more than before, to the new needs of those who live there.” In addition to architecture and interior design, comfort, flexibility of spaces and functions, immediacy of advanced technological interfaces, sustainability and relationship with nature are fundamental. From these facilities was born an original work that tells the visitor, through an immersive experience, the new inclinations of life.
“Colours, lights, shapes, textures and materials have been chosen to represent an organic, flexible and informal home. great attention to the selection of coatings and furniture with low environmental impact, which are easily disinfected”, explains Elisa Ossino. “The challenge was to try to understand the particular complexity of the historical moment in which we live.” Today, in fact, we expect our home to be a kind of welcoming nest, but also a place to carry out activities that were previously assigned elsewhere: “Smart work, fitness, culinary experiences… Functions that before the pandemic took place definitely in the “outside, today they have moved inside,” continues Livia Peraldo Matton. The “fluid house” with soft and curved walls and multifunctional environments with curtains that close and open, like a second skin, thus comes to represent shelter, protection and affections in the round. And at the same time the place to study, work, relax, to be used in different ways according to needs.
A principle that applies to all 11 exhibition spaces, including the exterior: curvilinear shapes evoke protection and welcome, and the color of walls, floors and coverings serves to maximize the psychological well-being of visitors. A work to be observed and experienced, not as mere spectators but as actors, in a flexible space, where modular elements define a fluid and vital ecosystem. The greenery, in keeping with tradition for Elle Decor Italia, was entrusted to the experienced hands of landscape architect Marco Bay. Here he conceived a “Sustainable Dry Garden”: between indoor and outdoor spaces, a widespread garden of plants that do not require abundant watering. The idea of biophilia, according to which human beings benefit from interaction with the natural world, “became fundamental in the architectural design of interior spaces,” recalls Elisa Ossino.
The tour starts from the light-colored entrance-reception, whose surrounding walls, the motif of the space, are also in the circular shape of the cistern, with an almost installation feel. The reference is to the house of Pompeii and also takes in the idea of the now automatic gesture of washing hands. Two corridors then filter environments between the inside and the outside, where nature plays a leading role, with weeds and agave plants symbolizing safety and welcome. From here you pass into the living room, the beating heart of the house, with different spaces for different functions. From the office space to the relaxation area, sliding curtains allow you to isolate and re-open to sociability according to your needs, always with the idea of circularity here reduced to macro and micro scale, from the walls to the furniture. In the center of the space, between the ovens and the kitchen, is a home garden in the name of sustainability. Next is the ‘boy’s room’, where three playful light-colored fabric teepees come to life flooded with sound and color, thanks to an immersive installation curated by the collective Kokoschka Revival. Then the bathroom, a wellness area in the round, with an olive in the center and iridescent green ceramic coatings, with chromotherapeutic power and easy to disinfect, and a sauna with hammam that invites you to rediscover wellness. In the third corridor, in a tank, the recycled water colored with uranine acquires a strong green hue in dialogue with the orange of the citrus fruits. Nature is still the protagonist, thanks to real plants but also another interactive installation: a “digital garden” created by the visitor. “The house of the future must have natural lighting, fresh air and a view of greenery,” recalls Elisa Ossino, who, to convey the idea, always with the collective, created another digital installation in the master bedroom that represents a ” virtual window on the world, with amazing perspectives.
Before you leave, other passageways become social places to stop, up to the courtyard-garden with organic shapes. “The idea here is to give space to a piece of nature with plants suitable for extreme climates, such as Eucalyptus Camaldulensis, the Chamaerops Humilis Compacta palm, the Bismarckia palm, with its amazing silver color, and the Musa Maurelii banana, with purple. red shades. They are partly Mediterranean, partly subtropical plants. It’s as if the outdoor furniture, perfect for lounging and dining, was immersed in a primeval forest, in an exciting dialogue,” explains Marco Bay. A gentle passage before crossing the threshold leads back to the exterior of the “fluid house”, which has the advantage of “representing the exact photograph of the transformation of houses”, concludes Livia Peraldo Matton, “from a predominantly residential role to a dynamic persistence”.
THE LIQUID HOUSE
September 5-12, 2021
Corso Venezia 51, Milan
From an idea of his
Elle Decor Italy
Elisa Ossino Studio
Exhibition Design Coordination
Bofi | De Padua
Effe – perfect well-being
Gallotti & Radice
Architectural Lighting Associate
Department Store Associate
Wilson & Morris
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