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

paola navone weaves the secret garden for barovier&toso

‘the secret garden’ installation by paola navone image © designboom




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.

paola navone the secret garden designboom 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 image © designboom




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  image © designboom


view of the nest interior  image © designboom


the blue woven branches form a nest  image © designboom


each one is a different size and height  image © designboom


view of the hand-blown pendant  image © designboom


detail image © designboom


the enclosed light comes in a variety of different colors  image © designboom


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the suspended nest invites visitors to peek under the rim  image © designboom


view from below  image © designboom


blue mushroom stool  image © designboom




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  image © designboom


the glass lamps lead the way along the path  image © designboom


each lamp stands on the stump of a tree image © designboom


the playful design is done by paola navone image © designboom


installation view by night


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garden during the day image © designboom


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general view of the garden by day image © designboom


raised nest image © designboom


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peep-hole into installations image © designboom


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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