paola navone weaves the secret garden for barovier&toso
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apr 17, 2012
paola navone weaves the secret garden for barovier&toso


‘the secret garden’ installation by paola navone
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within the orto botanico (botonical garden) in milan’s brera district, italian glass manufacturer barovier&toso and italian marble company citco have come together to present ‘the secret garden’, in two separate installations, one by italian designer paola navone and the other british architect zaha hadid, each expressing the possibilities and production techniques of the exhibiting brands.

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aerial view of ‘the secret garden’

 

 

 

woven from 11, 000 hazelnut branches, paola navone’s installation for ‘barovier&toso’ is a protective enclosed space for the multi-colored hand-blown murano glass chandeliers. as the blue nests hide and protect the delicate lighting objects, visitors can peak into the enclosed space through small openings. the environments are integrated into the garden, some resting on the floor, while others are raised above, inviting the visitors to peak underneath.


entering the garden
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guiding the visitors along the garden path, a small glass figure, designed by navone, holds up a lamp shade. the playful take on the domestic object is a testament to the wide range
of structural and aesthetic possibilities of the material in a modern context.

 

see designboom’s coverage of zaha hadid’s pavilion for citco within ‘the secret garden’.


installation  view

 


a metallic fabric reflects the light of the chandeliers 
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view of the nest interior 
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the blue woven branches form a nest 
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each one is a different size and height 
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view of the hand-blown pendant 
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detail
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the enclosed light comes in a variety of different colors 
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the suspended nest invites visitors to peek under the rim 
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view from below 
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blue mushroom stool 
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along the trail, a blue stool in the form of a wine bottle cork waits for the guests to sit down and experience the strength associated with modern glass production.


the shape is derived from a cork top 
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the glass lamps lead the way along the path 
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each lamp stands on the stump of a tree
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the playful design is done by paola navone
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installation view by night

 


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garden during the day
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general view of the garden by day
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raised nest
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peep-hole into installations
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a glimpse inside the world of barovier & toso chandeliers

 


installation of chandeliers inside one of the pavilions

 

 


general view of the pavilions

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