On December 3, the Triennale di Milano inaugurated a new permanent exhibition space designed to host temporary exhibitions inside. It is the reproduction of the central and public nucleus of Casa Lana, a project that Ettore Sottsass developed in the mid-1950s in Milan, which until now could not be visited because it was a private home.
Placed in the center of the Sottsass room on the second floor of the Triennale, the installation reproduces the spaces for conviviality in the home, a living room with sofas for chatting, reading, listening to music, surrounded by the private spaces of the house – office, bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchen – to which it relates through wooden grates and open compartments on the walls that define the space. Wooden walls designed to hold bookcases, shelves, cabinets because, as Sottsass wrote: “For a very small house, you had to put everything in one room”.
Around this “room within a room” an exhibition space will host temporary exhibitions curated by Marco Sammicheli with design and graphics by Christoph Radl. The first exhibition Ettore Sottsass. Structure and Color open to the public from December 3, 2021 will be open until March 13, 2022.
The space was set up through a philological reconstruction of Sottsass’ project, drawing on archival material made available by Barbara Radice Sottsass and with the collaboration of the restoration laboratory of Triennale Milano.