Next Cabane and Riot Act are two projects carried out by Fabrica, a “creativity think tank”, financed by Benetton and located in Treviso, Italy, which invites young artists and designers from all over the world to develop innovative projects and to explore new directions in different disciplines - from design, music and film to photography, publishing and the Internet. In this “laboratory for applied creativity”, housed in a 17th-century villa, renovated by the Japanese architect Tadao Ando, these young creators, accompanied by leading figures in art and communication, are encouraged to transgress boundaries of these disciplines by developing experimental projects, taking into account their economical, social and ecological dimensions. The aim of Fabrica is to open new perspectives on the world of tomorrow.
Catarina Carreiras: Maze, 2011 © Photo : Gustavo Millon / Fabrica
The point of departure of Next Cabane is a simple, foldable hut-like structure made of wooden slats, from a flea market in the north of Scotland, which, it seems, was originally covered with a tarpaulin and used as a shelter for anglers. The designers at Fabrica have subjected this mobile room to different interpretations. The six projects shown at Mudam have used it respectively as a temporary means of delimitation, as a symbolic protective space, as a place of work or play, or as an exhibition venue. As an enclosed space, it enables a more conscious perception of place and its characteristics; it is an experimental space in which design methods can be used to examine and interrogate materials, forms and structures.
Philip Bone & Dean Brown : The Mobile Museum, 2011 © Photo : Gustavo Millon / Fabrica
Soft Fold by Marie Dessant and Margaux Keller is a temporary space which invites the users to take time out of their day. Duvets, a reading table, a low bench and a lamp compose this hybrid furniture/space. The harmony of colors emphasizes this soft and quiet atmosphere.
The Mobile Museum, by Philip Bone (*1984) and Dean Brown (*1985), is a mobile museum whose collection changes its theme depending on where it is exhibited. It is made up of corresponding objects from a large variety of sources.
Maze, also by Catarina Carreiras, is a typographic labyrinth with a specially designed typeface which, like all the contributions to Next Cabane, is able to evolve along with the story that is to be told.
Valentina Carretta & Gustavo Millon: Weathering the Storm, 2011 © Photo : Gustavo Millon / Fabrica
Weathering the Storm, by Valentina Carretta (*1981) and Gustavo Millon (*1983), provides a protective space in a stormy environment, with an ironic undertone - a kind of interior exterior space with puddles and a bonfire.
The Waiting Room, by Kirsty Minns (*1984), is a space in which to pause and reflect on time, which enables visitors to become more astutely aware of their own temporality.
Rod, by Amaury Poudray (*1985) and Brian Wood (*1985), accentuates the structure of the hut in its individual components by differentiating them by means of various colours.
Marie Dessuant & Margaux Keller: Soft Fold, 2011 © Photo : Gustavo Millon / Fabrica
Net Cabane, by Giorgia Zanellato (*1987), emphasises the lightness and temporary nature of the structure of the hut. The knotted nets recall the original purpose of the hut and create space in a simple way.
Designers for Next Cabane: Philip Bone & Dean Brown, Catarina Carreiras, Valentina Carrett & Gustavo Millon, Kirsty Minns, Amaury Poudray & Brian Wood, Giorgia Zanellato
Giorgia Zanellato: Net Cabane, 2011 © Photo : Gustavo Millon / Fabrica
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