Fuorisalone 2019

Università Degli Studi di Milano
8-14 April


In the splendid setting of the University of Milan, during Milano Design Week, the entrance to the prestigious main lecture hall, the Aula Magna, will host the Ouverture installation, designed by the architect Andrea Maffei, featuring the DOT collection by Fioranese.

The three doors into the lecture hall, the Aula Magna, are covered with a solid wall that will open dynamically with three large portals rotated by 30°, positioned in a dynamic relationship with the regular geometry of the cloister and extending an invitation to enter.


“The empty spaces created in the three portals highlight the cornices, lesenes and capitals on the doors at the back, establishing a dynamic relationship between the ancient marble and the modern concrete.”

Arch. Andrea Maffei

This shapes a dialogue between past and present, between material and form, in a dynamic flow that passes from the outside of the cloister into the lecture hall, the Aula Magna, which welcomes the visitor with a personal interpretation of the concept of Interni Human Spaces 2019.

“Life is more important than architecture”

Oscar Niemeyer (1907-2012)


The Interni Human Spaces exhibition for the Fuorisalone 2019 is stimulating on several levels and project dimensions, to restore human beings and their vital needs to the centre of design. Encouraging an anthropocentric vision of architecture, and the design of objects, systems and networks, means capturing people’s physical and psychological wellbeing as a horizon of reference in relation to the various settings they live and work in.

DOT by Andrea Maffei


The star feature of the Ouverture installation will be the porcelain stoneware of the DOT collection, the architect Andrea Maffei’s take on concrete, which he believes is the material that best defines modern architecture, proposed here in a triangular pattern that forms a continuous geometric design right across the surface, highlighting the circular holes – the DOTs – left by the matrix on the concrete.

“While apparently neutral, concrete is also irregular and dotted, a living, vibrating material.
Its irrational, unpredictable variety of tones and surfaces bring it close to the irrationality of Man, able to grasp a range of different perceptions in the material.
Looking intensely into concrete, many different, parallel stories can be perceived and interpreted, overlapping and richly complex.”

Arch. Andrea Maffei


Discover the Dot collection

Università Degli Studi di Milano
Ca’ Granda ex Ospedale Maggiore
Via Festa del Perdono, 7

8 April: opening/press conference at 2.30 p.m.
8-14 April: 10.00 a.m. – 12.00 midnight
15-18 April: 10.00 a.m. – 10.00 p.m.
19 April: 10.00 a.m. – 6.00 p.m.

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