The fifth edition of Alcova takes place in the spaces of the Ex-Macello in Milan, exploring different aspects of design
Alcova returns in 2023, curated by Joseph Grima (Space Caviar) and Valentina Ciuffi (Studio Vedèt). The fifth edition returns to a place in Milan that has been closed to the public for many years, the Ex-Macello in the Porta Vittoria area, which has recently been partially redeveloped and reopened for the occasion. It also returns 35 years after the legendary exhibition Mattatoio 1988, organized by Pallucco in the abandoned – and then in ruins – spaces of the slaughterhouse.
For this new edition, the spaces of the Ex-Macello in Porta Vittoria will host over 70 projects, exploring different and complementary directions of design practice. The research platform Atelier LUMA – LUMA, Arles, coordinated by Jan Boelen, will offer visitors a scenographic journey into the world of matter. The theme of materials and their role in contemporary design will also inspire a large-scale installation by the Finnish platform Habitarematerials. The installation, curated by Nemo Architects, will lead visitors to explore and interact with a large encyclopedia of innovative and sustainable materials.
Among the novelties of this year is the Alcova Project Space, where the Alcova team will present and promote a selection of projects that represent the most interesting design languages of the moment. It is a real exhibition within the exhibition, where there will also be a concept store activated together with OLDER, which, in addition to the collectible design pieces of the Milanese duo, will propose objects designed specifically for this edition.
In addition to a food court, Alcova will also have two bars designed especially to enliven some of the most beautiful corners of the Ex-Macello. Designed by Space Caviar, the Materials Bar and the Bar Galleria are both curated by the food masters of the Tuorlo Magazine team. The first will be presented in collaboration with Nemo Architects/Habitarematerials, while the second will see the participation of the Canadian lighting brand A-N-D.
At Alcova 2023, This is Denmark
A show that reveals the true nature of Denmark: This is Denmark, curated by Elena Cattaneo and Laura Traldi, with the exhibition design by Matteo Ragni Studio, a project of the Royal Danish Embassy in collaboration with The Confederation of Danish Industry and Creative Denmark. Fifteen objects represent the essence of Danish design, expressing tradition and contemporaneity at the same time. The immersive set-up is completed with sounds, colors, atmosphere.
“In realtà, volevamo fare dell’altro” (“Actually, we wanted to do something else”) is the title of the exhibition celebrating the 50th anniversary of Agape, a company founded on the banks of the Mincio River in 1973.