Friday, January 13, 2017

Books: A Material Menu: Designs for the Culinary Aesthetic

Concept and styling Francesca Sarti - photos by Tom Mannion
Courtesy Caesarstone

Books: A Material Menu: Designs for the Culinary Aesthetic. A Material Menu: Designs for the Culinary Aesthetic book explores the boundaries between food and design. It is leading quartz manufacturer, Caesarstone first conceptual cookbook with eight recipes by food design studio Arabeschi di Latte’s Francesca Sarti and inspired by the four elemental concepts - Earth – Ice – Fire - Air presented by renowned British designer Tom Dixon’s Caesarstone quartz designed kitchen installation during Milan Design Week.
Egg Tower - Caesarstone surfaces - 4004 Raw Concrete - 6134 Georgian Bluffs

"The book gave me the chance to develop our Milan menu and work on eight new recipes to represent the elements that would provoke the taste buds, tantalize the eyes and echo Caesarstone’s work surfaces in a way that would further explore the boundaries between food and design. I think of this as a feeling of 'rawness' – to show the materials in a way that appeals to all the senses, which really echoes Caesarstone's aesthetic."
Francesca Sarti, Arabeschi di Latte
Water is the basis of life on earth. In its natural state – sea or freshwater, liquid or frozen – it always contains some dissolved salt. This fact – and the coolness of ice – inspired the recipes for Salty Lemonade and Icefish Fritters to represent this refreshing and essential element.

  Concept and styling Francesca Sarti - photos by Tom Mannion
Courtesy Caesarstone

Salty Lemonade - Makes 1 glass
1 salted lemon wedge - 2 tbsp lemon balm, syrup or honey
Sprig of fresh lemon balm - Sparkling water or soda
Salted Lemons
12 medium unwaxed lemons - 350g coarse sea salt
4 fresh bay leaves - Handful coriander seeds
10 cardamom pods, lightly crushed
Caesarstone surfaces - 5143 White Attica, 6134 - Georgian Bluffs

Fire is a mesmerizing and fascinating element, mystically transforming many unpalatable foods into highly delicious treats. Sage smoke adds an aromatic note to the often disregarded cauliflower, crowned by roasting to achieve a nutty taste. Meanwhile, the sweet goat’s cheesecake, Torteau Fromager, elicits a delicate kiss of bitterness when lightly charred.

Concept and styling Francesca Sarti - photos by Tom Mannion
Courtesy Caesarstone

The Dark Trophy - Serves 4
1 purple cauliflower - 2 tbsp olive oil - 1 tsp sea salt
1 tsp black lava salt or rock salt - Juice of 1 lemon
 Bunch of fresh sage
Caesarstone surfaces - 6003 Coastal Grey - 5100 Vanilla Noir

Invisible, uplifting and essential for life, air also serves as the elemental structural ingredient in the following recipes for Egg Tower and Snow Soup. Air may seem like nothing, but without it, these recipes – and life itself – would simply not exist.

Concept and styling Francesca Sarti - photos by Tom Mannion
Courtesy Caesarstone

Snow Soup - Serves 4
1 fresh, shelled coconut - 1 white fungus, soaked and puffed up
2 egg whites - 100ml coconut juice - 100ml milk
20g panela sugar or brown sugar
A few pandan leaves or 1 small stalk of bruised lemongrass
Caesarstone surface - 6134 Georgian Bluffs

Earth is perhaps the most deeply warming, comforting and homely of all the elements. It is the perfect starting point for all recipes because without the earth to grow crops and nurture animals, there would be very little to cook. These recipes for Stones Sandwiches and Italian Testaroli pasta are a witty expression of the very nature of earth and some of its ground-dwelling inhabitants.

Concept and styling Francesca Sarti - photos by Tom Mannion
Courtesy Caesarstone

Stones Sandwiches - Serves 4
Sourdough bread
750g spelt flour - 720ml water - Rye flour
Spices: licorice or coffee powder, turmeric, poppy seeds
Handful of oats - Sea salt
100g fresh or dried black chanterelles - Olive oil -1 clove garlic
1 sprig thyme - Sea salt and pepper
Pickled walnuts or pickled onion
Caesarstone surface - 5380 Emperadoro

The Restaurant by Caesarstone and Tom Dixon for Milan’s Salone del Mobile 2016

“The idea was to inspire architects and designers by showing them
how, through the concept of the four elements, food and surfaces can interact in different ways, delivering a food experience that challenges all the senses.”
Tom Dixon
Above. The Earth Kitchen was inspired by Roman aqueducts, Caesarstone surfaces were configured, contorted and curved to show their pliant properties.

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Monday, January 02, 2017

Milan: Happy 90th Birthday – Maestro Arnaldo Pomodoro

Milan: Happy 90th Birthday – Maestro Arnaldo Pomodoro. At Palazzo Reale until February 5, the exhibition Arnaldo Pomodoro curated by Ada Masoero, celebrates 90 years of the great maestro with a major retrospective. Not only in the magnificent Sala dei Cariatidi, the retrospective continues, spanning the entire city and some of its most prestigious venues: the Palazzo Reale, the Triennale in Milan, the Fondazione Arnaldo Pomodoro the Poldi Pezzoli Museum.

Spheres and Rotors
"The sphere is a wonderful object, the sphere comes from the magician, whether in glass or in bronze or whether it is full of water; the sphere is also the mother's womb, I think ... The sphere is the perfect shape and I break it to discover its interiors hidden mysteries. In the same act I free myself from this perfect shape. I destroy it. Then reassemble it, the work can be read continuously, day by day; and so has, in my opinion, her best continuity: it simply does not respond to a consumer but rather a need to discover what it is in everyone and that everyone is dissatisfied with the industrial mechanization.”

  Arnaldo Pomodoro and curator Ada Masoero

Palazzo Reale - Sala dei Cariatidi

Arnaldo Pomodoro
The Sala dei Cariatidi houses about thirty sculptures made from 1955 to date and chosen by the Pomodoro himself, to represent the milestones of his research and his work of more than sixty years. The exhibition begins with a bas-relief of the Fifties in lead, silver and cement, in which emerges already features patterns and signs of the great artist, Pomodoro was to become. And, in the Hall of Tapestries, during the opening period of the exhibition, visitors enter, virtually, in the Labyrinth, thanks to the potential of immersive VR Gear and HTC Vive, in a multi sensory experience that extends in space and time.  

Colpo d’Ala - 1984

"I dedicated this sculpture to Umberto Boccioni - the first major sculptor of the twentieth century. In Colpo d’Ala the arrow is so mobile that it appears disjointed; the traveler bird wants it to be so open, inventive and unpredictable, to hear any new direction. And the study of volumes compensates with an expression of power, this difficult agile movement of the contemporary man."


Carlotta Montebello and Teresa Pomodoro 


Piazzetta Reale - Pietrarubbia Group -1975-2013

The exhibition is accompanied by a series of events aimed to deepen and discuss the work and the figure of Arnaldo Pomodoro in its relations with the ideas and contemporary art movements and is complemented by an artistic itinerary that connects most parts of the city: Piazza Meda with the Great Disk, Largo Greppi with Tower Spiral, until the entrance in the maze in the basement of the former Riva Calzoni via Solari 35, former venue of the Pomodoro Foundation.
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Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Venice: Gallerie dell’Accademia - Paradise Regained – Michele Giambono

Venice: Gallerie dell’Accademia - Paradise Regained – Michele Giambono. At the Gallerie dell’Accademia the exhibition Il Paradiso Riconquistato - Trame d’oro e colore nella pittura di Michele Giambono - Paradise Regained - golden textures and color in the paintings of Michael Giambono, until April 17 is curated by Paola Marini,  Matteo Ceriana and Valeria Poletto. The exhibition arose from the need to explain the largely unexpected and highly significant results that emerged during the restoration of two panel paintings in the Gallerie dell’Accademia: The Coronation of the Virgin and Saints (also known as Paradise) and the Deposition of Christ from the Cross, both by Michele Giambono.  In the former, detail above, the restoration has revealed large, previously unimagined areas of original paintwork, which implies a complex and fascinating historiographical premise:  the activity of a busy, greatly varied workshop peopled by individuals from different cultures, individuals whose role and and identity might eventually be revealed thanks to determined research and scholarship.  The works exhibited aim to illustrate this special aspect and in particular the relationship in the 1440s between Michele Giambono and the workshop of Giovanni d’Alemagna and Antonio Vivarini, the other great protagonists of this period who have been linked through archival documentation with this same altarpiece of the Coronation of the Virgin.

The Two Paradise
Giovanni d’Alemagna, Antonio Vivarini - Coronation of the Virgin and Saints – Paradise – 1444
tempera and oil, pastiglia on wood
Michele Giambono - The Coronation of the Virgin and Saints – Paradise – 1447-1448
tempera on wood
In 1447 Giambono signed a contract with the procurator of the church of Sant’Agnese for an altarpiece for the high altar. The contract specified that he had a year to produce a work designed to replicate the 1444 altarpiece for the church of San Pantalon by Giovanni d’Alemagna, Antonio Vivarini and the woodcarver Cristoforo da Ferrara. While remaining faithful to the 1444 model, Giambino modified the orderly San Pantalon Paradise into a highly charged composition with an excited crowd of holy figures.

photograph courtesy Gallerie dell’Accademia

Michele Giambono - The Coronation of the Virgin and Saints – Paradise – 1447-1448
tempera on wood

Paola Marini, director of the Gallerie dell’Accademia, Matteo Ceriana and Valeria Poletto curators of the exhibition and Maria Chiara Maida
technical director of the restoration 


Michele Giambono - The Deposition of Christ from the Cross
1430-1435 Ca.
tempera and gold on wood
Documented between 1420 and 1462, Michele Giambono was the last and extraordinary interpreter of the late Gothic style in Venice.  His was a technically intense and stern style, and figuratively he was influenced by the work of Gentile da Fabiano, even though he had never been his direct apprentice or student.  Much appreciated for his aristocratically tasteful compositions, he was also one of the Venetian Republic’s official painters. A stunning work that perfectly illustrates his production, the Deposition of Christ from the Cross, above is being exhibited for the first time.

Michele Giambono – San Crisogono – 1450 ca.
mixed media on wood

Michele Giambono – Virgin and Child – 1440-1445 ca.
tempera and gold on wood
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