Flow and MM80 in the name of art and design

The new Flow window and door system and the iconic MM80 handle were the protagonists of the Press Day organised by Erco and Mandelli1953, during which Erco’s artistic director Giuseppe Bavuso met journalists in the Varese flagship store to illustrate the features of the innovative window and doorframe, followed by a visit to the Marcello Morandini Foundation. Here the Maestro talked about his life, the birth of the Foundation and the collaboration with Mandelli1953 for the re-edition of the MM80 handle.

Flow, the new all-glass sliding system, is an elegant solution designed for large windows and created in collaboration with Giuseppe Bavuso, Art Director of the company since 2011. It is characterised by its essential and clean lines, perfect for contemporary architectural solutions. The all-glass effect, thanks to its very thin profiles, is well suited to interior design projects of minimalist inspiration, so that not even a ray of light is lost, giving the interior a sense of brightness and well-being.

The second star of the day was the MM80 handle. Winner of the Red Dot Award in the Product Design 2021 category and designed by Marcello Morandini, MM80 is the second project of the Mandelli1953 Archivi collection dedicated to re-editions and unpublished projects by architects, artists and designers. The unmistakable, precise, rigorous, linear and clean style of the artist is also evident in this piece of furniture, in which all the fields of his work are synthesised and experimented: visual art, design and architecture.

And it was precisely with Marcello Morandini that the last part of the Press Day ended, hosted by the Foundation of the same name, which welcomed guests to its magnificent spaces that from 26 November 2022 to 16 April 2023 will host the exhibition ‘Colours in a Square – Works from the Marli Hoppe-Ritter Collection‘. The exhibition, curated by Barbara Willert (Director of the Ritter Museum), brings to Italy some 40 paintings, sculptures and objects from the 1960s to the present day.

The works on display represent constructivist and concrete art in a very diverse way, with different materials and authors ranging from the main exponents of the Zurich Concretists to contemporary artists from all over Europe. These include Jaacov Agam, Max Bill, Hans Jörg Glattfelder, Camille Graeser, Matti Kujasalo, Jim Lambie, Thomas Lenk, Richard Paul Lohse, Dóra Maurer, Vera Molnar, François Morellet, Anton Stankowski, Günther Uecker, Grazia Va-risco and Martin Willing.

The main theme in the selection of works is colour and the interaction that the interplay of luminous hues and elementary forms make with each other, a fundamental and typical element of all concrete art. These range from works that strictly adhere to the geometric rules of abstractionism to kaleidoscopic ‘experiments’ that playfully break the patterns and ideals of order by combining shapes and colours.
For more information on the exhibition visit www.fondazionemarcellomorandini.com.

On the cover photo from left A. Corengia, M. Morandini, C. Giordani and G. Bavuso in Fondazione Morandini.
Photos of the works: courtesy of Angelo Dadda