Superstudio at CIVA Brussels
Super exhibition at CIVA around the work of Superstudio! The design studio designed the iconic “Quaderna” in 1970, still available in Zanotta’s collection today.
Exhibition from January 15, 2021 to May 16, 2021. More information about the exhibition on CIVA’s website.
Superstudio was set up in Florence in 1966, contributing with theories and designs to the radical architecture movement. In 1972 it set an environment for the show “Italy: The New Domestic Landscape” at the M.o.M.A. in New York. Between 1973 and 1975 Superstudio joined the “Global Tools”, participating in several Triennale shows and in 1978 it set a personal exhibition at the National Institute of Architecture in Rome. Since 1973 its members have been teaching at the Faculty of Architecture in Florence. In 1982 the Israel Museum in Jerusalem set a complete retrospective show of Superstudio’s works.
“What we are talking about here are the terrible kids of Superstudio. In other words, in a given time in history when everything had to be criticised and rethought, in a season when the Italian architecture was passionate and which is now a myth, a group of young students wished to change the world from Florence and definitely managed to leave their mark, at least in our world, the design world. They began with the ‘constant monument’ idea, which wrapped up everything such as a squared magma, continued with the ‘histogram of architecture’, which generated without any effort furniture and ambiences whose “Super-surface was a mental attitude model,” and then finally arrived at the ‘Super-idea’, which beats time with a constant regularity, deliberately written in black and white, conceptually revealed and theoretically closed, eventually generating the Quaderna collection, the most architectural items ever seen in the long history of furniture, which Aurelio Zanotta was ready to turn into a myth.
A family of unique and timeless furniture takes shape, an icon based on regular geometric shapes covered with squared white laminate (created on purpose by Abet Print, designed by Superstudio, and called Misura) and characterized by strict volumes, simple and perfect. A real “artificial landscape” extensible as you wish, neutral and strong at the same time: a single squared top “with legs” that becomes a table and space, as well as a chair, bed, bench, cabinet, stool.”