BLU by Paola Navone - Milano Design Week 2010
Blue was the leitmotif that accompanied visitors to the ample spaces that Barovier&Toso fits out at the Temporary Museum For New Design (SuperstudioPiù, via Tortona 27, Milan) on the occasion of the Fuori Salone exhibition from April 13 to 19 2010.
Paola Navone interpreted Barovier&Toso glass with a scenographic installation in a large dark area, lit by magical creations and custom-built lamps, all created in blue tones: blue, Dutch blue, cobalt blue and aquamarine.
The installation was organised in islands designed to provide visitors with a moment of relaxation and emotion: large, comfortable sofas (by Baxter) allowed them to take a break to contemplate elements of great scenographic impact as though they were sculptures. A luminous meadow created using macroscopic glass threads lit by LEDs signaled the route through the walls, scenery and flooring created using poor materials from Murano: coarse wood and rusty iron. Interspersed between the scenery there were copies of the small bedside lamp designed in 1927 by Ercole Barovier for his son Angelo, of which just one copy was produced at the time. It had been created for this occasion in a special limited series in Klein blue. The original is kept at the Barovier&Toso Museum in Murano.
At the entrance there was a summary of the company’s long history: a blow-up of the Barovier family tree, the members of which, with continuity and through direct descent, have upheld a commitment to acting as constant protagonists in the world of Murano glass.