Exploring Architectural Prospects Through Timeless Design
Maresca Interiors & architects Giovanni Cagnato & Ruggero Moncada
Maresca Interiors brings to Milan a selection of Mid Century Brazilian pieces as part of ‘Aperture’, an exhibition, curated by architects Giovanni Cagnato & Ruggero Moncada. The exhibition is an exploration of architectural prospects into the world of timeless design and is currently taking place in the very heart of Milan’s design scene in Via Solferino 11 as part of the FuoriSalone events.
Interview with Elena Maresca
How do you approach the temporal display of the object/furniture? Are there specific constrains you abide to?
Other than the visual dispaly we feel it is important to generate a feeling in the viewer. We try not to overwhelm but we want to leave a mark.
What defined the location/space for this fuori salone?
We found the perfect partnership with architect’s studio Aperture Studio in terms of location and mutual goals.
We were looking for a space – and Aperture Studio has a space in Via Solferino 11 (at the very heart of Milan’s design district in Brera) and they were looking for a brand to bring something unique and special that would fit into their space and concept (hence our selection of midcentury Brazilian furniture)
How did you and aperture conceive the space- what were the defining elements and what was the concept?
Architects Giovanni Cagnato and Ruggero Moncada di Paternò open to the public an apartment in renovation in via Solferino 11 to showcase how heritage becomes an added value to a contemporary project. “During a first investigation several clues from the space’s former design prompted us into a sequence of interventions with the aim of bringing back the authentic layout of the apartment. A feature immediately stood out: the flat’s different rooms were all interconnected by a passageway of doors alongside the main facade. The wall, divided by a sequence of windows facing on Largo Treves, then opens onto an oval vestibule, from where, before the actual layout, you could get into the main halls. Suddenly it seemed very important to keep alive this old way of living the house before changing it with the final project and we decided, during this Milan Design Week, to let the visitors see how this apartment looked during the 1800s.” Ancient walls and pre-existing openings are simulated with the use of blue colour; reclaimed doors and jambs, unique for the beauty of their woods and decoration motifs, are now positioned in place of the original ones. The set up continues after the vestibule with a visual prospective of jambs aimed to a door that opens onto an imaginary space”. The collaboration of Aperture Studio with Maresca Interiors represents a further ‘opening’, this time into the world of modern design.
How has the domestic space of the house changed in our contemporary society and how has furniture responded to this?
We deal mostly with mid-century pieces that today are probably less functional and more decorative than the furniture made nowadays.
Tea trolleys, tapestries, chaise lounges, tobacco pots…things of the past that in the world of today are considered more as objects of art than everyday functional pieces.
Nevertheless there is a huge come back for all things vintage and retro so I think the future will be super-functional items with
What dictated the selection of objects you chose to display and how?
We brought a selection of Brazilian iconic pieces from the 60s and 50s. The pieces were selected to give an idea of the style and materials that were most valued by the top designers of the time such as Jorge Zalszupin, Sergio Rodrigues and Oscar Niemeyer.
Established in 2016 by Italian-Brazilian sister duo Cecilia and Elena Maresca, Maresca Interiors is an interior design and antiques dealing studio based in London specialized in designing, directing and implementing interiors for residential house sand sourcing mid-century Brazilian furniture. Having worked for years in the fashion and design field, Cecilia as PR for some of the top fashion brands and e-commerce such as Vivienne Westwood and farfetch.com and Elena as interior designer for London’s coveted firms Waldo Works and Russell Sage Studio, Maresca Interiors epitomize the sister’s DNA: a mix of exotic elements of Brazilian modernism fused with the timeless elegance of Italian design. The attention design’s world and the devotion for details is inherited from the mother’s side, an archaeologist and restorer of Japanese lacquers. Whilst the passion for Brazilian modern furniture is fuelled by the family’s ties with this land, in which their ancestors immigrated at the beginning of the ‘900.Alongside the interior design studio, Maresca Interiors specializes in sourcing iconic pieces of Brazilian designers of the 1950’s, 1960’s and early 1970’s.Featuring the work of the titans of Brazilian design -Lina Bo Bardi, Oscar Niemeyer, Joaquim Tenreiro, and Sergio Rodrigues -as well as numerous designers whose work and reputations only recently reached foreign shores, the company’s goal is to open this untapped vein of modernist design and bring it to collectors in Europe.