Since the 1980s, Design Gallery Milano has been on a mission: to support the design vanguard. Working with designers intent upon disrupting the commerce-driven underpinnings of industrial design—the architects of postmodernism and masters of material experimentation, like Ettore Sottsass, Alessandro Mendini, Andrea Branzi, and Michele De Lucchi—it was one of the first galleries in the world to treat design production as a fine art and to develop limited edition design collections.
Design Gallery Milano is still going strong. The gallery’s presentation Icons during last week’s Salone was like a greatest-hits tribute to their three-decades-long quest for new design frontiers. And the dialogue between these now-classic pieces and the new work by Madrid-born, London-based studio El Ultimo Grito—entitled Material Medley—proves that design provocation and subversion are alive and well in the post-post-postmodern era.
*All photos courtesy of Design Gallery Milano.
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Olly Tango Chairs by Philippe Starck for Driade, 1990s, Set of 8
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Victoria and Albert Chair by Ron Arad for Moroso, 2000s
Deriva Copper Hanging Lamp by Alessandro Mendini
Vintage Chair by Michele de Lucchi for Memphis Milano
Neolia Screen by Andrea Branzi for Zanotta Edizione, 1989
Deriva Pearl Violet Hanging Lamp by Alessandro Mendini
Deriva Proust Hanging Lamp by Alessandro Mendini
Deriva Fluorescent Orange Hanging Lamp by Alessandro Mendini
First Chair by Michele De Lucchi for Memphis Milano, 1990s, Set of 2
Deriva Decoration 1 Hanging Lamp by Alessandro Mendini
Umbrella Chair by Gaetano Pesce for Zerodisegno, 1995
Deriva Decoration 3 Hanging Lamp by Alessandro Mendini
Deriva Decoration 2 Hanging Lamp by Alessandro Mendini