Nilufar Depot, gallerist Nina Yashar’s majestic setting for the staging of historic design pieces and contemporary projects
Entering the huge, ex-industrial warehouse where Massimiliano Locatelli has designed an architecture inspired by La Scala opera house in Milan, a space full of colors and movement, is like making a one-way trip into the history of design and priceless handicraft, a journey from which you will never want to return.
What was once an oversized ex-industrial space that kept Milan Design Gallerist Nina Yashar’s most treasured overflow of design loot has since 2015 become a full-on, full-sized three-story exhibition and display space spanning 1,500 square metres.
This year the scenery is inspired by the plan of a Gio Ponti apartment in Palazzo Rasini faithfully reproduced on the ground ( using white tape )
The monumental atrium of the depot is thus transformed into an imaginative house, as in the Dogville film by Lars von Trier, where each room features refined pieces of historical design – such as the great library of Anna Castelli Ferrieri that welcomes visitors to the entrance, or Giulio Minoletti’s armchairs for “Settebello” trains, and a pair of Carlo de Carli ‘s beds – along with many contemporary projects
This year there are over 40 items, furniture and lights produced as editions by the gallery, including works by 12 new designers who have interpreted the personality of the Nilufar collection for the first time.
Every creation has been chosen for its unique character, often enhanced by new technologies and research in the field of unusual materials, giving the projects not only great aesthetic and artistic value, but also a remarkable level of functional innovation
This is Nina Yashar’s vision of a Milan-based new Renaissance mixing original works by great designers, such as Giò Ponti, Carlo De Carli, Carlo Mollino, Ettore Sottsass, Osvaldo Borsani, Ico Parisi, Franco Albini, and new creations, produced in limited editions and unique pieces.
The lobby of the Depot is transformed into a stage, an imaginary room that displays the new projects of the artists and designers who collaborate with the gallery.
White tape on the floor suggest the ideal spaces of an imaginary layout on which to place a large one-off bookcase by Anna Castelli Ferrieri, ornamental vases in Florentine terracotta from the 17th century, a pair of beds by Carlo de Carli, and furnishings that take turns on the stage of the grand theatrical mechanism known as Nilufar Depot.
Some Nilufar Depot 2017 room presentations
At Nilufar Depot, luxury outdoes itself
Nilufar @ Via della Spiga Gallery showroom
More central in the city centre is Yashar’s beloved mainstay gallery space on Via Della Spiga 32, with a more limited but still brilliantly curated selection
Nilufar Gallery used its space on the Via della Spiga to create a conversation between a historic and a contemporary designer.
Furnishings by pioneering Brazilian modernist Joaquim Tenreiro are illuminated with lighting from Anastassiades’ Fontana Amarosa collection to create a space that bridges styles and eras.
The collection of Amorosa Fountain lamps that Michael Anastassiades has made exclusively for Nilufar were inspired by the myth of Aphrodite.
These are exquisite red coated brass curved structures that meet hand-blown opal-lighted balls.
Completing the exhibition was a selection of works by artist Luca Pignatelli, images that recall classical Rome on various media that induce visitors to confront with places and cultures far away.
In the year of Euroluce, the new proposals presented by Yashar in the gallery mainly concerned lighting:
From the Shapes series designed by Federico Peri, reticular shapes to which seemingly randomly arranged light beams are mounted,
To the Triangle collection by Cathrine Raben Davidsen / CRD Study, floor lamps with enamelled ceramic base, bronze structure and bronze metal lamp shade, cylindrical or hexagonal.
Among the contemporary projects, the Redor mirrored the Duo Zanellato / Bortotto mirror, a finely decorated object with a lusanga pattern and embellished with a crown of colorful leaves reinterpreting the Murano tradition in a contemporary key.
Nilufar presented an important monographic exhibition dedicated to Joaquim Tenreiro, considered the father of Brazilian design
Nina Yashar presented a selection of over 40 pieces enriched by precious Dedar and Hechizoo covers by Jorge Lizarazo.
The showcase included the upholstered Quadrilatero and wood furnishings