During this year’s Milan Design Week, Bar Basso veterans will notice something different about its interiors (completely unchanged since 1967), owner Maurizio Stocchetto has commissioned Canadian lighting duo Gabriel Scott to create custom lighting fixtures inside and to develop a storefront jewel-box installation.
The iconic Bar Basso is known for its long history within the Milanese community.
It lights up with a celebratory atmosphere that becomes explosive and irresistible, when Milan hosts its most important cultural events, such as the Salone and the Fiera dell’Arte.
British product and interior designer, Lee Broom, probably just made the most intricate pun of all time with his “Salone del Automobile” installation – a lighting and interior installation set inside of a delivery van that he drove from East London to Milan for Salone del Mobile.
“Last year in Milan I went to lots of exhibitions that were all about the palazzo and everyone was talking about that,” Broom explains in the movie. “I thought, why don’t I create my own, but I’ll create a mini palazzo inside a vehicle.”
The Unofficial watering hole for design insiders during the Salone is Bar Basso
Bar Basso is remembered the late and great James Irvine with a new gin and tonic glass designed by Michael Young.
Maurizio Stochetto & the Bar Basso created a cocktail glass in James’ memory to honour the legendary friendship that was formed – in the wee hours of the morning, over a Negroni or 2 !!
James Irvine: an Englishman in Milan – A tribute to the designer and to the relationship with Milan.
This project is a homage to the designer James Irvine who died suddenly and unexpectedly, in Milan in 2013
Curated by Maria Cristina Didero and Marco Sammicheli, the pieces on display were chosen from James’s studio and personal collections, precisely because they are tied to Milan, and able to tell that special relationship made of small habits, meetings and collaborations that Irvine had established with Milan.
James Irvine, who recently died ( Feb, 2013 ) at the age of 54, was recognised as the design world’s ” Unofficial cultural attaché in Milan ”
This is the story of a ” love affair ” which grew to become one of the key “unofficial cultural events within the Salone each year”
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