Celebrate the art of dining at Milan Design Week

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Buccellati sets the table for conviviality at Milan Design Week 2022

Designers Dimorestudio, Ashley Hicks, Chahan Minassian and Patricia Urquiola create spectacular dinner tables for Buccellati’s Design Week exhibition in Milan, “Il Galateo – a journey into conviviality”

Only an Italian could come up with a word like ‘sprezzatura.’ When the 16th century courtier Baldassare Castiglione coined the term effortless elegance in his 1528 The Courtier’s Bookit articulated the appreciation for graceful conversation and refined presentation that have been a defining element of the nation’s culture from the Renaissance until today.

Buccellati and the art of hospitality

Rendering of Dimorestudio’s design for ‘Il Galateo – a journey into conviviality’

To celebrate this idea, the historic high jewelry house Buccellati, owned by Richemont, presents an exhibition of its dazzling table accessories at Milan Design Week 2022. The tables exhibited at “Il Galateo – a journey in conviviality” were set by some of the most notable names in modern design – Dimorestudio, Ashley Hicks, Chahan Minassian and Patricia Urquiola – each of them was invited to create their own table design using four historical Buccellati silver collections and a new collection of porcelain developed in collaboration with Ginori 1735 Meanwhile, the design of the installation itself was designed by the famous Italian architect Stefano Boeri.

For Buccellati, the exhibition is a much-needed response to our Covid-shaken world, reminding us after two years of isolation how important gathering around a table can be. Etiquette is the theme of the show, but that doesn’t mean it’s about where to put your silverware or what dishes to serve. Buccellati celebrates and encourages etiquette as Castiglione conceived it – where the dining table becomes a place to enjoy good food and good conversation in equal measure.

Sketch of Ashley Hicks’ design for “Il Galateo – a journey into togetherness”

According to the curator of the exhibition, Federica Sala: “Etiquette is not only good manners, but also kindness and respect. A table today is more the celebration of conviviality (which we missed so much), the pleasure of a dinner at home with friends, and the pleasure of being able to take care of the people we have invited. But it’s also about having a good conversation and being able to respect other people’s opinions, being able to pay attention to the differences between people and respecting them all.

In keeping with the Italian spirit of the exhibition, each of the four designers involved was chosen because they are, in one way or another, a representative of a broader Milanese identity. Yet their diverse backgrounds and aesthetic sensibilities mean that each of their creations for the Buccellati exhibition has a distinct flair. Urquiola’s vibrant, boldly patterned picnic sits alongside Dimorestudio’s quintessentially maximalist and brooding club space; while Hicks’ table expresses his taste for eclectic pattern combinations and Minassian’s design is characterized by a light and airy feel.

Rendering of Patricia Urquiola’s design for ‘Il Galateo – a journey into conviviality’

The show will take place during Milan Design Week on the terrace of the iconic building designed by Piero Portaluppi that houses Buccellati’s headquarters. Those not lucky enough to make it to Milan can still take home some of the exhibit in the form of the Buccellati and Ginori 1735 “Double Rouche – Florence Furnace” tableware collection, which reinvents historic silver creations from Buccellati in white, pale green and cerulean porcelain. §

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