From vase to flower: Inventario in nature and design.


The designers of the Third Millennium come to grips with an object from everyday life and the tradition: the flower vase. A challenge to reinvent, a fascinating interchange between nature and culture. Curated by Beppe Finessi.

The exhibition “From vase to flower. Inventario in nature and design” was held at Museo Poldi Pezzoli from 7 April to 9 May 2011, during the 50th edition of the Salone Internazionale del Mobile. Curated by Beppe Finessi, the exhibition is an investigation of an object – the flower vase – which in its everyday, ubiquitous essence (it is shared by all cultures) allows us to enjoy one of the most fascinating of all the works of nature: flowers, with their amazing variety of forms, colours, aromas, consistencies. Every designer, at least once in his career, has tried his hand at creating a vase. The exhibition presented a careful selection, making it possible to organise a list – an inventario (inventory) – of the ideas developed by some of the leading figures on the design scene in the Third Millennium.

Fifty contributions were gathered together, including works by: Lorenzo Damiani, Florence Doleac, Marco Ferreri, Freshwest, Alexis Georgacopoulos, Martí Guixé, Massimo Lunardon, Fabio Novembre, Donata Paruccini, Cédric Ragot, Tina Roeder, Adrien Rovero, Denis Santachiara, Robert Stadler, Paolo Ulian, Vedovamazzei, Guido Venturini, as well as some “historic” creations by Angelo Mangiarotti, Enzo Mari, Alessandro Mendini and Ettore Sottsass.
“From vase to flower”, an exhibition project curated by INVENTARIO, was coordinated and sponsored by Foscarini. This choice reflects the company’s versatile approach: to create interaction amongst different art forms – design, photography, painting, sculpture – to offer viewers new and unusual experiences.