COLONNE PORTANTI: INTERVIEW WITH ARCHITECT AND DESIGNER MICHELE DE LUCCHI
In Rome there’s an unconventional exposition space. It’s called Fondazione VOLUME! and is presided over by neurosurgeon and art collector Francesco Nucci. Here you won’t find artists simply displaying their work but rather surgically operating on the architectural body of the space to the point of transforming it case by case into a different thing altogether. Until February 15th 2013, Fondazione VOLUME! will receive a hands-on treatment from architect and designer Michele De Lucchi with exhibition “Colonne Portanti”, curated by Emilia Giorgi. At the opening the designer talked to us about the meaning of his latest work and the niches he dug out in the walls, in which 13 handcrafted columns have been fit.
Michele De Lucchi has already made the books of design history as a protagonist of the Alchimia andMemphis movements and much more. He developed products for the most important industries in Italy and Europe, winning the Compasso d’Oro award twice. In Italy, among other things, he designed the interiors of Milan’s Triennale, of the Italian Post and of Bank Intesa. Recently, he developed various projects for the public and private sector in Georgia, such as the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Peace Bridge of Tblisi. In 1990 De Lucchi founded Produzione Privata, a company for which he designs objects made with artisanal techniques. Since 2004 he sculpts little houses in wood with a chainsaw, in the quest for the essence of architectural form. Pieces that are now displayed in the most important museums of the world. Since 2008 he’s full professor at the design Faculty of the Politecnico in Milan.