London's first exhibition solely dedicated to Italian design and manufacturing
Curated by renowned Italian designer Giulio Cappellini
Special programme of talks and workshops with esteemed Italian designers and architects
This year's London Design Festival sees the launch of the inaugural edition of I-MADE (Italian Manufacture, Art and Design Exhibition). Curated by renowned designer Giulio Cappellini and housed in Chelsea's iconic Saatchi Gallery, I-MADE is London's first exhibition solely dedicated to Italian design and manufacture.
"We are excited to launch a platform in London that brings together, and celebrates, the very best of Italian design, proudly showcasing the design culture and heritage that Italy is known for in a city that has such a strong design culture of its own. Together with I-MADE founder and CEO, Francesco Giasullo, we're delighted to be hosting our inaugural edition at the Saatchi Gallery during the London Design Festival - this allows us to share the story of Italian design with a global audience in one of the capital's most prestigious venues." Elena Foschi, Director of I-MADE
A true celebration of Italian innovation and craftsmanship, I-MADE will bring together some of the biggest and most influential names in Italian design and display iconic works like pieces of art within the Saatchi Gallery.
Cappellini will bring a collection by Japanese design studio, Nendo to I-MADE and also hero the Thinking Man's Chair by English designer Jasper Morrison. The Thinking Man's Chair was first discovered by Giulio Cappellini at an exhibition in London in 1987, leading to a long collaboration between Morrison and the brand.
Living Divani joins I-MADE to celebrate the brand's fiftieth anniversary and mark thirty years of collaboration with Art Director, Piero Lissoni. The family-owned company will present Lissoni's statement Frog Lounge Chair at the exhibition. Another milestone will be celebrated at I-MADE as Poltronova commemorates the fiftieth anniversary of the production of the Mies armchair by Archizoom; the chair was designed in 1969 as a tribute to the great architect Mies van der Rohe who died that same year.
Contemporary Italian furniture brand Moroso will present its latest collaborations including the new Gogan sofa by Patricia Urquiola and Johannes Torpe's whimsical Heartbreaker sofa and Precious chairs which were inspired by Torpe's own relationships and heartbreak.
Other confirmed exhibitors include award-winning lighting brand Luceplan who will bring a collection of suspended pendants and floor lamps to the show.
From L-R: Mesh pendant by Francisco Gomez Paz for Luceplan, Johannes Torpe's Heartbreaker Sofa for Moroso, the Frog lounge by Piero Lissoni for Living Divani
Alongside these classic furniture brands, Flaminia Ceramica will showcase the company's leading-edge technology and artisan approach to manufacturing high-end products for the bathroom. Since 2004, Giulio Cappellini has worked with Flaminia Ceramica introducing them to some of the world's most respected contemporary designers. These collaborations and Cappellini's own designs for the brand will be shown during I-MADE.
With the aim to promote Italian design on a global scale, I-MADE has partnered with online marketplace Artemest as the exhibition's official e-commerce partner. Championing premium Italian furniture and home decor, Artemest offers a platform to over 700 of the country's finest artisans and designers and will highlight some of these original works at this year's show.
TAKE A SEAT - SATELLITE EXHIBITION CURATED BY GIULIO CAPPELLINI
To complement the main exhibition, Giulio Cappellini has curated a satellite showcase that pays homage to those who have shaped the history of seating design. Take a Seat will feature classic furniture designs from brands such as Ceccotti Collezioni, De Padova, Driade, Flexform, Giorgetti, MDF Italia, Molteni&C, Poltrona Frau, Unifor and many others.
"I-MADE explores not only beautiful, but functional and innovative designs that have shaped the Italian manufacturing landscape and continue to influence design on a global level. 'Take a Seat' will delve into this further, looking at the humble chair - how this has become an iconic piece for so many designers and brands, and scrutinizing the basic principles of its design and functionality." Giulio Cappellini - Curator and Art Director, I-MADE
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Press and Trade Preview
(open only to registered press, trade visitors, and invited VIPS)
Thursday 19 September: 10:00 - 20:00 Apply for registration here
Public Show Days
Friday 20 September: 10:00 - 20:00
Saturday 21 September: 10:00 - 20:00
Sunday 22 September: 10:00 - 18:00 Tickets can be purchased here