It's easy to feel weirdly disconnected from your favorite designers. They're always finding inspiration from this and that, but you don't know much about how they view themselves. Consider this exhibit as close to a personal introduction as you might ever get. In a collaboration with Alessandro Mendini for TAM TAM (a free and unrestricted non-school in Milan), 50 designers decided to take on an assignment: decorate a white vessel (designed by Mendini) with a self-portrait. The pay-off? A motley mix of slightly psychological designs titled "Immagini d'Io," on view through January 19 at the Triennale di Milano museum.
From left to right: Franz Preis, Lorenzo Palmeri and FormaFantasma
L: Karim Rashid; R: Alessandro Mendini
TAM TAM launched just under a year ago, in February 2013, and had a relatively successful debut considering the high concept of the original idea. The school welcomed 40 volunteers from different design fields as teachers and 140 students of all ages in its inaugural year. (Students are not chosen based on age or qualifications, only by talent.) "Immagini d'lo" ("Pictures of Me") is a collaborative project that brings together many different faces of the industry together in one exhibit.
Designs by Mattia Ghidini (left), Prospero Rasulo (middle) and Elio Fiorucci (right)
Erika is the editorial assistant at Core77. When she isn't covering design, you can find her writing about music, food, and healthy living habits. But mostly music. She also has a strong affinity for hedgehogs, bowling, and bands with goofy names.