Bergamo and Brescia, bordering provinces that share the characteristics and strengths of their creative and productive network, play an innovative role in the Italian industrial design scene thanks to companies and products that have shaped the history of industry and everyday life.
A design ‘house’ – painted ruby red with text and icons in white and gold to recall the colours of the Compasso d’Oro – will be set up in the Sala delle Capriate in Palazzo della Ragione, in the heart of the Upper City, from 24 March to 4 June 2023. The 32+1 Compasso winners featured in the exhibition will be distributed along a freely-developed route inside and outside this large patio ‘domus’, with sides that alternately open and close to offer curious viewpoints and unprecedented perspectives of their various aspects: from the concept to the choice of production materials, from the design to the product, both ‘disassembled’ and in its final version. The exhibition, designed and curated by Davide Pagliarini, includes interactive routes to intrigue visitors and showcase each product. Among the projects on display we find the Laleggera chair by Riccardo Blumer and the Teak folding table by Alberto Meda for Alias, which were awarded the prestigious prize in 1998 and 2011 respectively.
“We are very proud to be part of the ‘Le fabbriche pensanti. Storie di Compassi d’Oro da Bergamo a Brescia’ exhibition and to be in the spotlight in our city, together with other outstanding companies in the area. Through this wonderful initiative the cities of Bergamo and Brescia have the opportunity to demonstrate the contribution that the Compasso d’Oro Award has made in identifying some of the most interesting projects and designers from the 1950s to today. Visitors to the exhibition are immediately struck by the quality of Italian design, the result of the collaboration of visionary entrepreneurs and ingenious designers. Alias has also contributed to this wonderful story with two extraordinary projects: Laleggera by Riccardo Blumer and the Teak table by Alberto Meda, two products that demonstrate that the project’s quality goes beyond its design and shape, involving materials, production technologies and technical solutions in a profound and complex way.” Alias