Triennale di Milano, Biennale di Venezia, 2004
Polished stainless steel
The “Acquae” installation was created for the event “Dining Street Design” organized by the magazine Interni at the Milan Triennale during the Fuorisalone in 2004. The event showcased the encounter between architectural culture and design with the world of nutrition, an increasing focus in terms of modes and consumption in the “design system” as a whole. “Acquae”, in partnership with San Pellegrino and Acqua Panna, was like a large drop of steel, perforated by cylinder-containers for bottles, with a sink compartment for ice at the end: a hypothesis for an improbable but seductive outdoor urban point of sale and consumption of bottled mineral water. “Acquae” is a display sculpture, 9 meters long and 5 meters wide, formed by an internal structure of iron sheet (thickness 20/10, cut by laser), with interlocking tines, welded to create a shaped grid painted in black. On the upper side of this steel skin the cylindrical housings for the bottles are positioned perpendicularly, contributing to emphasize the reflections of light and to form the covering of the display-sculpture.