Best of 2017

Projects, people, events

20 December 2017

Area: Design

On Saturday, 16 December, 5000 people attended the second edition of Merry Fabrica – Pop up Christmas market: more than 40 vendors, 2 exhibitions, 2 concerts, 5 food trucks, 1 tent and 2 laboratories for children animated for the whole day the beautiful environment designed by Tadao Ando.

John Cale, rock soul with Lou Reed of the legendary band The Velvet Underground, and Geoff Travis, the founder of the independent English record label Rough Trade, have been the protagonists of Summer in Fabrica, two events dedicated to music that has made history.

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From 24 to 28 September United Colors of Benetton presented at the prestigious Milan Triennale Museum I See Colors Everywhere, an exhibition curated by Fabrica celebrating color in all its forms and expressions. Eight sections, each dedicated to a specific color, took the visitor on a rainbow-like journey, made of videos, posters, magazines, music, photos, illustrations and objects, with the aim of understanding the DNA of one of Italy’s most iconic fashion brands.


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Up to Now. Fabrica Photography is an intense overview on more than twenty years of visual research at Fabrica. Since 1994 photography has been explored in its various facets, from journalistic documentation to editorial projects, from communication campaigns to more distinctly artistic projects. The exhibition debuted at Fotografia Europea festival in Reggio Emilia and afterwards it was presented at the Landskrona Foto Festival, Scandinavia’s major photography event, and at the Bologna Design Week.

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On 7th March, for the first time in its history, Fabrica participated in a space mission joining the European Space Agency’s launch event for the Earth observation satellite Sentinel 2B. The event took place in ESA’s mission control centre ESOC in Darmstadt, Germany. The occasion was the presentation of Stella, a composition and a music video inspired by the sounds and sonifications of ESA’s Rosetta Mission and in particular the ‘singing comet’ and other audio from ESA’s SoundCloud. 

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Space Scholarship is a Corporate Social Responsibility initiative by AP Thailand, a leading property developer in Thailand, who commissioned to Fabrica the interior design of some condominium units in Bangkok. A new co-living space given to seven students with financial difficulties in the form of a scholarship. The aim is to enable communication and human relations, allowing the students to benefit from a shared personal life and grow in a sense of community, keeping elevate standards of quality, service and safety.

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Fabrica’s long lasting tradition of workshops and lectures in 2017 has seen the participation of important personalities from the world of art and culture, thanks also to the collaboration of Nico Vascellari, today one of the most important artists in the international scene, and Gala Fernandez, Spanish multidisciplinary designer:

Roberto Saviano, writer; Luca Barcellona, calligrapher; Bertjan Pot, designer; Super Local Studio, designers; Simon Baker, curator at Tate; Carlos Casas, film director; Dossofiorito, designers; Tam Associati, architects; Geoff Travis, founder of Rough Trade, and Dave Haslam, writer and DJ; 8-Ball community, non-profit organization; Romeo Castellucci, film director and scenographer; No Rocket, visual designer; Francesca Sarti, food designer; Andy Rementer, artist; Adam Broomberg, photographer; Andrea Lissoni, curator at Tate and Tarek Atoui, musician; Cannupa Hanska Luger, artist; Ippolito Pestellini Laparelli, architect; Sigga Heimis, designer; Marion Friedmann, gallerist; Bethan Laura Wood, designer; Marco Müller, cinema expert; Maria Cristina Didero, curator and journalist.

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