According to Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara, curators of the 16th International Architecture Exhibition, the gifts of nature – light, air, force of gravity – and materials – natural and artificial resources – present architecture with some of its biggest opportunities.
Cleaf’s mission has always been to find the best covering solutions for furniture and interior design, and today it is taking advantage of the Biennale Architettura 2018 and its theme Freespace, to spotlight the materiality of its surfaces.
From 16 to 22 April, in the courtyards of Palazzo del Senato in Milan, home to Milan’s State Archive, Cleaf is presenting the project-installation Surfaces from the Antipodes, designed in conjunction with Bestetti Associati and Studiopepe.
Visitors move through four cubic architectures to discover a glimpse of four diametrically opposed environments – glacier, desert, forest, city – highlighting the capacity of Cleaf surfaces to replicate the tactile and visual sensations of the materials in it – ice, rock, sand, wood, cement, metal – using existing technological innovations.
An immersive experience that gives the viewer a taste of the key characteristics of four very different landscapes and their expressive strengths through original installations in which the materiality is amplified with visuals and audio.
The majesty of the glacier is recreated with a 3D architectural membrane developed using the innovative Wood-Skin® technology, the colours of the desert from dawn to dusk with a series of superimposed layers framing a moving light source, the abundance of the forest with the projection of several layers of vegetation, and the multiple facets of the city with a series of videos hidden inside skyscrapers.
The new textures are three: Alpaca, which reproduces the silky effect of the precious natural fiber once used for the clothing of the Inca emperors; Duna, which features reliefs of medium-sized granules such as sandstone and Mosaico, a twine of square elements that recalls the leather.
On the occasion of the 70th birthday of its founder Luciano Caspani, Cleaf presents Trasformazioni Elementari, a video signed by Studio Azzurro that reveals, through a tactile look, the creation of innovative surfaces and solutions for the coating of furniture and interior design.
An intense and exciting story in four chapters tells about a unique Italian manufacturing philosophy – Light reveals the raw materials, Different raw materials join together on the surface, Surface is multiplied by the combination of texture and decorative, Light inspires the forms.
From the selection of raw materials to a cutting edge technology to combine them, from the design ability to make them multiple and unique to the talent to make them alive them through the products and projects of the best furniture and interior design interpreters.
A great attention to details typical of a craftsman applied to a state of the art industrial process made Cleaf an excellent interpreter of contemporary industrial design.
The 2018 edition of the Cleaf calendar is a tribute to architecture.
12 innovative textures for furniture and interior design inspired by 12 modern architectural masterpieces.
Photos: Nicola Zocchi
IDEA INSPIRED BY CCTV HEADQUARTERS, BEJING (CHINA) | ARCHITECT: REM KOOLHAAS
PIOMBO INSPIRED BY SOLOMON R. GUGGENHEIM MUSEUM, NEW YORK (USA) | ARCHITECT: FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT
CONCRETA INSPIRED BY GIPSOTECA CANOVIANA, POSSAGNO (ITALY) | ARCHITECT: CARLO SCARPA
TALCO INSPIRED BY BARCELONA PAVILION, BARCELONA (SPAIN) | ARCHITECT: LUDWIG MIES VAN DER ROHE
NADIR INSPIRED BY EXPO’98 PORTUGUESE NATIONAL PAVILION, LISBON (PORTUGAL) | ARCHITECT: ÁLVARO SIZA VIEIRA
ARES INSPIRED BY CASA GILARDI, MEXICO CITY (MEXICO) | ARCHITECT: LUIS BARRAGÁN
DUNA INSPIRED BY LA MURALLA ROJA, CALPE (SPAIN) | ARCHITECT: RICARDO BOFILL
KRISTALL INSPIRED BY MUSAC LEÓN, LEÓN (SPAIN) | ARCHITECT: MANSILLA + TUÑÓN
YOSEMITE INSPIRED BY SAN CATALDO CEMETERY, MODENA (ITALY) | ARCHITECT: ALDO ROSSI
MALOJA INSPIRED BY HOUSE IN KAMIWADA, OKAZAKI (JAPAN) | ARCHITECT: TOYO ITO
ESPERIA INSPIRED BY RESIDENTIAL SETTLEMENT, NOVAZZANO (SWITZERLAND) | ARCHITECT: MARIO BOTTA
AMETIS INSPIRED BY ZOLLVEREIN SCHOOL, ESSEN (GERMANY) | ARCHITECT: SANAA