lanzavecchia + wai: space quilt one day in the life of V.M. on earth
lanzavecchia + wai: space quilt   one day in the life of V.M. on earth lanzavecchia + wai: space quilt   one day in the life of V.M. on earth
apr 26, 2012

lanzavecchia + wai: space quilt one day in the life of V.M. on earth

‘weave detail’ of ‘one day in the life of V.M. on earth’ by lanzavecchia + wai photo © wallace wong

for the ‘another terra. home away from home’ IN residence exhibition presented during milan design week 2012, curators barbara brondi and marco rainò proposed the question: ‘if, by choice or by necessity, we had to envision life on some other planet other than earth, what kind of ‘minimal hand luggage’ would we take with us on our journey to other galaxies or a different celestial body with acceptable living conditions for mankind?‘.

italian-singaporean design duo lanzavecchia + wai developed ‘one day in the life of V.M. on earth’, a space quilt in response to this query. as they state: ‘it was not uncommon, in early american culture, for quilts to reflect a mosaic of a woman’s life, often including swatches of material from memorable events…’

basing their design on the life of ‘V.M.’, lanzavecchia + wai’s blanket is an everyday object, marked by events and actions which have occurred in a routine day of her life. the 220 x 150 cm quilt is woven from golden Mylar® strips which have been repeatedly hand-stamped, in chronological order of the individual names of the objects that were encountered, touched or used. in this form, a seemingly mundane fragment of life is sealed and given permanence. these words re-materialize the possessions, their related everyday gestures and rituals of a day on earth that it is impossible to repeat ever again.

the projects shown as part of the ‘another terra. home away from home’ IN residence exhibition address the way in which human beings are related to objects around them, which they use on a daily basis, probing into a different environmental context from that of our own everyday experience.

hand weaving the quilt photo © wallace wong

hand-stamping the words onto each golden Mylar® strip photo © wallace wong

detail of the words that are stamped onto the Mylar® strips photo © wallace wong

the tools and object used in the production of the quilt photo © wallace wong

quilt detail, the silver strips denoting the names of people encountered by V.M. photo © davide farabegoli

quilt fringe detail photo © davide farabegoli

alternative view photo © davide farabegoli

photo © davide farabegoli

‘one day in the life of V.M. on earth’ space quilt by lanzavecchia + wai photo © davide farabegoli

‘one day in the life of V.M. on earth’ space quilt by lanzavecchia + wai photo © davide farabegoli

  • bravissimi

    andrea says:
  • Fascinating idea with the personalization of one’s daily activities being stamped on the surface of the Mylar. My own Mylar art quilts are made for the wall. However, I incorporate repurposed microfilms, machine stitching, polymers and canvas for stability to make these wall artworks. See some on-line at
    Arturo Alonzo Sandoval

    Arturo Alonzo Sandoval says:
  • This is one of those projects you watch for a while and then wonder: WHY???

    peen says:
  • Maybe the key is to watch it for more than a while 😉

    mat says:

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