MONTECCHIO MAGGIORE, Italy—The Bisazza Foundation for Design and Contemporary Architecture, designed by Carlo Dal Bianco, was born as an exhibition space to collect works and installations by contemporary designers and architects such as Alessandro Mendini, Ettore Sottsass, Marcel Wanders, Sandro Chia and Mimmo Paladino, who, over the last twenty years, have explored new mosaic applications for the Bisazza company.
A sequence of industrial buildings, the result of a slow sedimentation building, is opposed to the uniqueness of the new entrance of the company, a scenic and three-dimensional image of the Bisazza brand.
Previously a historic factory space, the 6,000-square meter company headquarters has slowly transformed into a building complex that houses both the operational offices and the exhibition spaces of the Foundation.
The architect writes the entrance, covered in mosaic, depicts a monumental pergola of roses on a black background proposing an emotional journey between exterior and interior.
Everything is symmetrical and responsive, rigor is the absolute protagonist in a harmonious context that links the space of the entrance with the internal paths, public and private.
This meta dialogue between exterior and interior mosaics is supported by the traditional and experimental works on display in the exhibition spaces. The institution’s permanent collection, for example, includes “master of design” Alessandro Mendini’s multicolored mosaic-encrusted Poltrona di Proust Monumentale (1985-1988) and large-scale lustrous gold sculptures, Studio Job’s Silver Ware (2017), Marco Braga & Storage‘s immersive installation Caveau (XXXX) and Mimmo Palladino’s Buon Viaggio e Buona Fortuna (2006).
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