Chopin Museum Awarded in the Compasso d'Oro Contest
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Warsaw's Fryderyk Chopin Museum received the Menzione d’Onore award in the prestigious Compasso d’Oro competition, given by the Italian Association of Industrial Design (ADI).
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Migliore + Servetto Architetti Associati
The tradition of the Compasso d’Oro triennale, the most prestigious Italian design competition, dates back to 1954. Gio Ponti, its creator, was one of the designers of Milan’s Pirelli Tower. Since 1964, the event has been organised by the ADI - the Italian Association of Industrial Design.
Every three years, more than 150 experts analyze the various types of products - from lamps to cars – which are on the Italian market or were designed by Italian artists. The chosen items are the best not just in terms of aesthetics. The competition emphasizes the role of the Italian tradition of craftsmanship in introducing aesthetic and technological innovation, referring to design as an Italian national specialty. 293 products have been honoured in the competition so far.
In 2014, the Italian design studio Migliore + Servetto Architetti Associati, in addition to an award for its design of the Arcadi museum, which will host a collection of products awarded in previous competition, received the Menzione d'Onore for the design of the Fryderyk Chopin Museum’s permanent exhibition.
The exhibition's opening took place on March 1, 2010, after several years of reconstruction in connection with the 200th anniversary of Chopin’s birth. It is considered one of the most modern museums not only in Poland but in all Europe. The project involved an innovative way of interpreting history. It implements the idea of an “open museum” in which the viewer can experience Chopin individually, choosing ones' own path of exploring his creative process as a composer and pianist. Thanks to tickets equipped with RFID technology, every visitor can choose an appropriate audiovisual layer, incorporating four levels of narration: basic, advanced, for children, or for disabled users (each in eight languages).
The ADI Compasso d'Oro Career Award was given to Italo Lupi, the doyen of Italian design and author of the Chopin Museum's logo, who constantly worked with the permanent exhibition's designers - Mara Servetto and Ico Migliore.
In this year's contest, several object were also highlighted, such as a freestanding lamp, an ice cream shop counter, all kinds of chairs and seats, a set of pots, a pair of ski boots, a Ducati motorcycle and a Ferrari model.
Source: Fryderyk Chopin Museum materials, ed. Natalia Z., may 2014, translated: Katarzyna Maksimiuk, 30.05.2014