The 57th edition of the Salone del Mobile.Milano will explore the relationship between nature and living with an exhibition-installation designed to trigger ideas about sustainable design in the internal parts of the home. Visitors will be immersed in nature and experience its changes as they make their way through the four natural, climactic microcosms – Winter, Spring, Summer and Autumn – embellished with familiar and domestic concepts.
The project, conceived by CRA with Barbara Römer, does not fail to deliver in terms of ironic, evocative and experiential value. Quite the reverse. While the obvious aim is the reconciliation between urban and domestic spaces on one hand and nature on the other, the end goal is to come up with sustainable, genuinely applicable solutions that replicate the processes inherent in our own ecosystem, harnessing existing technological advances in an intelligent manner.
While air conditioning is often associated with excessive consumption, this project offers a radical change of perspective, demonstrating the feasibility of air conditioning technology that is also sustainable, with huge potential for future applications. The project provides a new standpoint and a different perspective on tackling the issues of environmental sustainability and climate change with a view to improving our living conditions at home and in cities and satisfy the human tendency towards “biophilia”.
A term coined by Harvard biologist Edward O. Wilson? – according to which we are all instinctively attracted by nature and “programmed” to feel better when we are immersed in it. The Salone’s city-based project Living Nature. La Natura dell’Abitare developed with the Carlo Ratti Associati (CRA) international design and innovation studio, will be in Piazza del Duomo, in front of Palazzo Reale, from 17th to 25th April. Source by Carlo Ratti Associati, images Courtesy of Salone del Mobile Milano.
Article by Marco Rinaldi