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The most anticipated subject of the iSaloni exhibition in Moscow is a mirror with a secret - etk-fashion.com

On the eve of the opening of the iSaloni WorldWide exhibitionMoscow 2015 (October 14-17) we recall the most interesting events and phenomena of world design, shown at the same exhibition in Milan. Especially for readers of etk-fashion.com, the editor-in-chief of the portal, Oksana Kashenko, interviewed the owner of the world's only glass furniture factory, Fiam, Vittorio Livi, and the famous Italian architect Dante Benini. The subject of the interview was the incredible curved mirrors, which we expect to see at the exhibition in Moscow.The conversation turned out not about architecture, and not about industrial design, in which both interlocutors are figures of the first row, but about an amazing project that was born in the union of both disciplines with plastic art ... Phantom and Christine of Fiam factories promise to become the most coveted design object of the season - their photos immediately after the Milan exhibition spread, if not the whole world, then all social networks. The collection was created by contemporary sculptor Helidon Xhixha, architects Dante Oscar Benini and Luca Gonzo and designer Vittorio Livi, owner and founder of the Fiam factory. Everyone put their own theme into it, and together they got the music of light and reflections from the musical "The Phantom of the Opera". From left to right:Helidon Hicksa, Vittorio Livi, Dante Benini Vittorio Livi, designer and founder of Fiam Vittorio Livi for Italy is a symbolic and non-standard figure at the same time. On the one hand, he is one of those who are called living classics of world design. But you can't see Italians. On the other hand, this classic is completely uncommon. In the kingdom of the richest traditions of wood and leather, he began to produce glass furniture and combined two national traditions at once. And he did it defiantly and avant-garde. And, of course, he became a star. Its glass bends and wriggles like plastic, but it remains glass. And it can be used in everyday life just like any traditional item. Livi entered the glass-blowing shop as a child, 14 years old, not so much by vocation as by necessity - after the war he remained the only man in a large family. And he believes that it was this difficult experience that helped him achieve so much in life. The very first glass chair - Ghost ("Ghost") brought him fame and solid profit. At various times Fiam has collaborated with famous designers - from Vico Magistretti. This is no longer just furniture, but a whole philosophy that reflects the lifestyle of a modern fetishist. For example, the 1992 Illusion table was recently auctioned off for $ 50,000 and now adorns the Center Pompidou collection in Paris. Fiam's creations include TV mirrors, curved crystal tables and weightless and elegant cabinet accessories. The engine of all these miracles is a successful businessman, a talented designer and simply incredibly energetic Italian Vittorio Livi. fiamitalia.it Fiam armchair Mirror and stand Fiam - Your new mirrors have become a sensation beforeappear not only on sale, but also at the exhibition in Milan. It is impossible to believe that these amazing sculptures are made of glass. How was this project born? - - The idea came to my longtime partner - the architect Dante Benini, who loves Xix sculptures and our glass works. He felt that they could be connected, but did not know how. Then he introduced us. At first it was rather difficult to understand each other, because glass is not clay, not stone, a completely different material. But in the work of Helidon, the main thing is the light, its reflections, and the music that he is able to create. And here the glass has no equal. Once I brought the sculptor to my workshop and made a sketch out of glass, blown out a shape that reminded me of his creations. He was so surprised and fascinated by the possibilities of our material that he offered to sign my glass sketch. He told me then that he could have done the job himself if he could. And we realized what we need to do next: learn from each other. Of course, then we perfected the technology for a very long time. Unlike sculpture, we make a serial product, albeit a limited edition. Something to use in everyday life, not just admire. This is the main difference between industrial design, even the best, from art. Mirror Christine, Fiam Mirror Christine, Fiam - This is very bold,an experimental project. You risked a lot, didn't you? - - There is always a risk when you are enthusiastically engaged in a serious business. But I'll tell you what. With the release of these mirrors, we showcased the incredible power of our favorite material. To such an extent that now some gallery owners and designers come to me and ask me to help them create something not serial, but piece, individual, purely collectible. But that doesn't interest me very much. I am an industrial designer after all. And I really like the idea of ​​bringing some real art into the house in the form of an object that you use every day. Look, these mirrors turn out to be alive, because the author found harmony in them, like a composer in music. I myself really like these things. Mirror Phantom, Fiam Mirror Phantom, Fiam - You can ask you personal andthe traditional question for our portal, which we ask all the hero-designers? Which of the rooms in your own home do you prefer to all the others? And why? - - In my house there is a large hall filled with light - a day zone that starts from the kitchen and goes into the sofa, with a comfortable table and shelves full of books. This area is separate from the rest of the house. And I often lock myself inside. This is my creative workshop. There I turn on music, read, sometimes write and draw. It is at such moments, when harmony with myself is achieved, that my best thoughts and discoveries come to me. This is the creative process. Then I can finish something and clarify something in a more working atmosphere, in the office at the table, or get up at night and finish writing, thinking out, finishing drawing. But it all starts right there. So, by the way, it was with mirrors. They have their own story and let the author of the idea, Dante Benini, tell you it better. Mirror Christine, Fiam Phantom Mirror, Fiam Dante Oscar Benini,architect, Dante O. Benini & Partners Architects The renowned Italian architect, head of Dante O. Benini & Partners Architects, has built no less iconic buildings in his life than Livi has made pieces of furniture. His company, according to Forbes magazine, is one of the hundred best architectural firms in the world. Benini received his architectural education in the workshop of, perhaps, the most famous Italian architect of the 60s - Carlo Scarpa, then worked for the equally famous Brazilian Oscar Niemeyer, and later - in the studio of Frank Gehry. Still, the ideas of Scarpa, who considered architecture a way of decorating the environment, which must be treated as carefully as possible, turned out to be Benini's closest. Its buildings are not very similar externally, but all as one are similar in principle: "green", airy, full of light, etc. Among his works, for example, the famous "breathing house" in Milan and the "passive" research center for pharmacology in Turkey. dantebeniniarchitects.com Milan, the architect D. Benini LCD "Art", Krasnogorsk, architect D.Benini Istanbul, architect D.Benini - Tell us why the Phantom of the Opera? Where do these images come from? - - I really love this musical. There is amazing music and a very Italian story: passionate, beautiful and laconic. I always wanted to use it, but I didn't immediately understand how. The idea was given just by the mirrors. As an architect, I cannot help but love mirrors: they are a unique instrument that reflects light, creates a mood and is very symbolic. Think about it, every morning we talk to our mirrors. You see yourself beautiful and energetic - and the world smiles at you. Something is wrong - and the mood immediately drops. And I came up with this fantasy: a mirror that can be both beautiful and distorting reality, like the face of a ghost from an opera. And in a pair with him - a mirror-Christina, a wonderful muse. I came up with an architectural image, but I needed someone to help me give this image the exact shape. And I knew only one such person - a sculptor who helps me fill my buildings with magnificent figures. And so it happened. Mirror Phantom, Fiam Mirror Phantom, Fiam - But you could have justmake a sculpture, an individual art object. Why mirrors for Fiam? - - No, I didn't want to create a piece of art. This is the whole point. I wanted this image to be immediately available to many people, so that he began to live his own life, in a real house, and not in a gallery. It is these objects that create a human-friendly environment, transform the utilitarian roof over your head into an artistic space. And this is important for the daily life of ordinary people. This is the main function of good design.

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