The ninth edition of the Triennale Design Museum curated by Silvana Annicchiarico, with installation design by Margherita Palli, examines Italian design in the light of one its most delicate, most problematic aspects – but also one of the most exciting and appealing, which is that of gender. In a 2013 interview with online design magazine Dezeen, Patrizia Moroso, creative director of Italian furniture brand Moroso, suggested that Milan unfortunately is sitting in the past and the past is gone… the most important people of the beautiful past of Milan are very old or dead” (Source: Dezeen ). Despite Italy’s wonderful crafts heritage, Moroso was concerned that the country was in a crisis, not wishing to change or move forward.
Now owned by Italian brand Boffi, De Padova, set up in the 1950s by Fernando and Maddalena De Padova, is in a position to collaborate as part of an international joint distribution programme, sharing its design passion and Italian heritage with one of Italy’s revered luxury design companies.
This is a surprise, since earlier info suggested that since MK41 is somewhat larger than Sylver modules, only two launchers (for 16 cells in total) could be fitted: it appears it is not so, and the higher number of cells has been confirmed in the finalised design.
The italian FREMM has accommodation for at least 200 following the modifications (180 on the french FREMM), but also has a core crew considerably larger than the french variant (108 including 14 men of the helicopter flight): the GP was meant to have a crew of 131, and the ASW of 133.
Very often, engineers’ talent influences modern design, as in the case of Pininfarina, Michelotti, Zagato and Frua, who are directly involved in the automobile design. The history of Italian interior design is long and complex: originally, interior designing was a hobby of the Italian nobility from the Roman times. Whether this signals a dearth of new ideas or strengthens Italy’s design legacy and history is open to debate. The accessible, egalitarian design resulted in a huge cross section of Italian society driving a Fiat 500. Sculpting and bending craftsmanship, together with the engraving ability, enable to create amazing shapes, monolithic pieces of furniture, born from a detailed design.