Luca Cipelletti – XYZ

Location: Galleria Giustini / Stagetti – Via della Fontanella di Borghese 38 | Roma, Italy
When: January 24 – March 1, 2019
Type: Solo Exhibition

solo exhibition at Giustini/Stagetti Gallery in Rome.

Luca Cipelletti


Architectonic Furniture Made-to-Measure

Giustini / Stagetti is pleased to present the project XYZ, a solo exhibition by the architect, museologist and designer Luca Cipelletti (Milan 1973), founder of the AR.CH.IT. studio. Since 2000 this studio has engaged in an interdisciplinary activity, with the objective of emphasising each of its project’s cultural qualities, starting from the close study of design details: the founding element of each work.

The project XYZ presented at the 2018 Salone del Mobile, Milan, emanated from the designer’s close study of themes around the subtraction of matter, of perspective and the spectator’s view-point. These are all principles that are proper to architecture and are here rearticulated on a divergent scale to bring into being a clan of furnishings, tables and desks. These pieces are the result of a shared design intention: to draw attention to the focal point of each piece – the juncture at which the spatial co-ordinates XYZ converge to apparently erase the received three dimensional characteristics of material elements: weight, structure and volume. This is achieved thanks to the creation of a new structural tie that is both internal and invisible: it permits large surfaces, over 3 meters long, to be supported.

These pieces are thereby lent the appearance of being designed in two dimensions only: the solid materiality of the surfaces are as thin as blades while their supporting legs appear to change according each possible variant point of observation.

Alongside all the different table types and desks that make up the collection, a choice of lamps selected and curated by Cipelletti, are also on exhibition: these are by among the leading Italian designers active in the period spanning the 1940s through 1960s, and include Gino Sarfatti and Franco Albini. This display points to an array of correspondences between the pure geometry and technical research of the modern era, and the rigorous and experimental, yet essential, language of the contemporary author.

The present exhibition marks the beginning of a broader collaboration that will continue on the occasion of the 2019 Salone del Mobile, with the exploration of another theme that is a hallmark of Cipelletti’s productions: the dialogue between art, design and architecture.

Photo by Omar Golli