The aim of the exhibition and the catalogue is to focus on Contin's work, starting with the stories that emerge from the objects designed by him, put into the context of everyday life by the people who buy and use them.
Photographs, interviews and other material help to tell the amusing and captivating story of the objects created by this designer and, consequently, that of their purchasers and users.
The aim of the exhibition and the catalogue is to focus on Contin’s work, starting with the stories that emerge from the objects designed by him, put into the context of everyday life by the people who buy and use them.
The relationship between the objects and the people who use them is explored using a tool which, in the context of architecture, would be called a “post-occupancy report”.
Contin’s works are not presented as mere physical objects. The emphasis is on their capacity to relate to the people who use them: from the Satellite fruit bowl, the homage to the “Sciangai” by De Pas, D’Urbino and Lomazzi and the Broomstick by Vico Magistretti, the Snake table, with its completely articulated structure, and the Mediterraneo acquarium, a “double bedsit” for goldfish which prompted protests from animal-welfare supporters and sparked off a wide-ranging, lively debate about the designer’s ethical responsibilities.
Carlo Contin was born on 24 August,1967 at Limbiate (Milan). Between 1991 and 1997 he worked as a businessman in the field of furnishings. In February 1998, he opened a studio to concentrate on interior design and construction.
His projects were produced, amongst others, by Coop, Cappellini, Guzzini, Legnoart, Meritalia, MoMA in New York, Ravarini Castoldi, Slamp and spHaus.
Of his many collective exhibitions, the most important include The New Italian Design at the Milan Triennale in 2007; Design alla Coop, Made for China and Ovologo in 2005; Sensidivini (Divine Senses), Multipli di Cibo (Multiples of Food) and New Agri Culture in 2004; Tipi Italiani (Italian Types), the Saint-Étienne Biennal and Sistemi di Misura dei Designers (Designers’ Measuring Systems) in 2002; Vilt: Kunst, Mode an Design from 2001 to 2003; and Designers’ Saturday in 2001. He also participated in Salone Satellite from 1999 to 2003.