Interni magazine issue #595
In this issue: in Singapore, an international design hotel, but far from the image of globalized luxury; at Wilton, a poolhouse on the water; in Seoul, a house on the river that embraces a complex nature; in Hiroshima, a villa totally open to the surrounding landscape, and also to dialogue with the ‘city of the dead’ seen through the windows of the living area; in Mumbai, an apartment that is a symbol of the dynamism of the metropolis that is the locomotive of India, but also of the ancient residential precepts based on the science of vastu; near Prague, a tea house amidst the trees of a wild garden, for meditation and perfect fusion with the natural environment. What do these different projects have in common? They are all spaces that, at different latitudes and in their own specific ways, offer places to meet, to understand different local characters, in a reflection on form. Because many forms of architecture come from far away, just like the inevitable, necessary objects that reside in them. Our conclusion is that today true luxury, from the spoon to the city, lies in formal reduction and in the talent of the designer who is able to express himself through intelligent use of materials and resources. A conviction shared by Amartya Sen, from India, winner of the Nobel Prize for Economics, who reminds us, in the Encounter: “Rich or poor, we all live on this earth and so we have to make a commitment to environmental sustainability, in the interest of all countries, including the developing nations”. A way of underlining the fact that, among the arduous tasks that face today’s designers, there remains the need for concrete commitment capable of guaranteeing performance and requirements of ecosustainability. Parameters of reference that can be seen clearly in the career of Matteo Thun, the protagonist of the cover profile of this issue. Elective affinities that emerge when we look at transformer furnishings, capable of changing their form and function, while conserving the essence of their identity; or when we observe the innovative chromatic nuances of a plunge into total blue/total white, bringing out the design of forms and their essential impact.