“The two artistic spirits were working together to display Mr. Arbesser’s designs against a collection of Modernist art” – “Using their artistic vision, the two men started pairing clothes with objects, and achieved some fascinating results.” – “The result was arresting and original, an excellent example of two minds bouncing off one other.” (Suzy Menkes, The New York Times)
As a result of a meeting of minds between Arthur Arbesser and Luca Cipelletti, a specific proposal emerged: to present the Autumn-Winter 2014-2015 collection of the Austrian designer in a Milanese private apartment designed by AR.CH.IT Luca Cipelletti.
When designing the apartment, located in a 1920s building, Cipelletti decided to preserve the original identity of the residence while reinterpreting it through a series of openings in the walls. These generated scenographic perspectives: a strategy that led to the creation of a unique spatial and visual experience.
Within this space select pieces of 1940s Italian design – prototypes by Ico Parisi, chairs by Gio Ponti and Franco Albini, furniture by Ettore Sottsass and Guglielmo Ulrich – were combined with art pieces as the Wall Drawing Trapeziums by English artist David Tremlett. As a result the space acquired a new character; sober, formal and at the same time typically Milanese.
“The coolest slice of the city is veiled behind the closed doors of its private homes” – “Already, Cipelletti’s apartment looks like an exhibition space thanks to the series of wall cutouts, visually linking the rooms. Giving the illusion of an almost reflective effect, the cutouts provided the perfect foil for Arbesser’s structured, menswear-tinged fashion collection.”(JJ Martin, WALLPAPER*)
If Arbesser’s aesthetic emphasizes simplicity, it also evokes a conversation with the objects arrayed in the domestic space, in a way that reworks the venerable British theme of the Conversation Piece. In Arbesser’s collection, as in Cipelletti’s apartment, few concessions to superficiality are made and nothing is left to chance.
The only area in which personal taste can be seen is found in the predilection for graphic geometries and in the rigor conferred by strict linearity.
“Color-coded tables were stacked with art and design literature that corresponded to the designer’s inspirations, like a moodboard brought to life”(Dan Thawley,A MAGAZINE CURATED BY)
The overall exhibition resulted in an aesthetic that expresses the latent bond between the two fields that most clearly characterize our daily existence: fashion and architectural design. A story of immediate interrelationhips results, inspired by the idea of fusing an androgynous mode of fashion tied to the street culture of 1980’s London with high points of the art of Italian design.