“GLASS. THE GREAT UNEXPECTED” ON SHOW IN MILAN
The 19th Vitrum hosts a large-scale exhibition of the past, present and future of a material that has left its mark in the history of human beings.
Glass in the past and future, both ancient and modern is finally the highlight of a large-scale exhibition designed to offer a broad overview of the use of glass in outstanding products. The event is being staged by Vitrum in cooperation with ITA (Italian Trade Agency).
The exhibition is divided into three main sections: glass in history and design, glass the key player in architecture, glass and new technologies.
A must-have starting point is the history and design section showcasing pieces of great historical importance: an amphora dating back to the second century A.D., a very rare example of a glass radiator from 1941 and one of the most famous seats in the history of design in recent years: the famous Ghost armchair by Cini Boeri, in the very original 2007 edition in silvered glass (mirror) produced by Fiam.
A spacious area has been set aside for glass in architecture. A long list of projects can be seen, among these: the Shard of Glass by Renzo Piano and the Ministry of Internal Affairs building in Tbilisi by De Lucchi, with a tour that begins with the theory of light and color in the urban landscape and redevelopment work on existing buildings with contributions by Mario Bellini and Massimiliano Fuksas thru to the use of glass in new architectural shapes.
The section that looks at technological research focuses on the most interesting examples of energy savings and living comfort given by glass, which has broken boundaries that were considered absolutely insurmountable until a few years ago.
Vitrum is also an opportunity to discover what the future of glass processing holds in store for us by displaying some design prototypes developed by the students from the Polytechnic of Milan in cooperation with the University of Applied Arts and Sciences of Freiburg.
Vitrum, through the GLASS. THE GREAT UNEXPECTED exhibition, has shown once again that history and tradition can be artfully melded with avant-garde technology and innovation in Italian and worldwide production.