On 1 November 1964 the first Italian subway line opens in Milan. The new infrastructure brings a new idea of urban modernity in a city ready to embrace it. The design of the stations of Albini, Helg and Noorda is the new carrier of an exceptional identity. As an act of appropriation, Metrò furniture reinterpret the Milanese subway. Each component of the original design is ideally removed from its context and transformed into a one-material object, thus recreating a new domestic landscape.


A project for Maniera, realised in occasion of the Chicago Architecture Biennial 2017 / Project team: Ambra Fabi, Giovanni Piovene, Carlotta Capobianco, Laura Soldati, Francesca Villa / Construction: Mariotti Fulget / in collaboration with: Fondazione Albini, Metroricerche blog / Photographs: Giovanna Silva

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About

Piovenefabi is a milanese architectural office founded in 2013 by Ambra Fabi and Giovanni Piovene, based in Milan and Brussels. The office works nationally and internationally in the fields of architecture, urban research, territorial visions and design.

Ambra Fabi studied in Mendrisio and Paris Belleville. She worked at Architeckturbüro Peter Zumthor und Partner and then as a freelance architect in Milan. She has been teaching assistant in Mendrisio (CH) and professor at IED Cagliari and KU Leuven Sint Lucas Brussels. She is currently teaching at École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture in Marne-la-Vallée Paris Est.

Giovanni Piovene studied in Venice and Paris Belleville. He co-founded the office Salottobuono and San Rocco magazine. He has been teaching assistant in Mendrisio and EPFL and professor at ISIA Urbino. He is currently teaching at École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture in Marne-la-Vallée Paris Est.


Collaborators: Antonello Calabrese, Sellua di Ciglie, Damiano Finetti, Marco Antonio Ghetti, Juliane Seehawer, Costanza Zeni.


Contact

Corso Indipendenza 14
I-20129 Milano, Italy
T +39 02 36584547
piovenefabi@piovenefabi.it

Rue de la Concorde 18
B-1050 Ixelles - Bruxelles, Belgique
T +39 02 36584547
piovenefabi@piovenefabi.it


News

19.05.20

During the final days of Trienal de Arquitectura de Lisboa 2019, a three-day programme of architecture conferences focused on the themes of the main exhibitions conceived for The Poetics of Reason.
The conference about "What is ornament?", moderated by Ambra Fabi and Giovanni Piovene, took place on 30 November 2019 at Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian and featured lectures by Sam Jacob ( Sam Jacob Studio ), Konstantinos Pantazis (Point Supreme ) and Matilde Cassani.

You can watch the full conference at the following links

https://vimeo.com/showcase/6886922/video/399852147
https://vimeo.com/showcase/6886922/video/399860524
https://vimeo.com/showcase/6886922/video/401846700

What is ornament at TALK TALK TALK
07.10.19

We are delighted to announce What is Ornament?, a book curated by Ambra Fabi and Giovanni Piovene and published by Polígrafa Ediciones Barcelona.
What is ornament? is a question which doesn’t need definitive answers but instead prompts a series of possible discussions. The book is organized as a reader: a collection of contributions, ranging from Vitruvius to the current day dealing, in different ways with the debate around ornament. The reader is the theoretical complement of the homonym exhibition, part of the 5th Lisbon Architecture Triennale ‘The Poetics of Reason’.

To order for a bookshop or as an individual: orders@artbooks.es
More info at https://www.trienaldelisboa.com/publications/what-is-ornament-en

'What is ornament?' The book
26.09.19

You are all invited to join us next friday (4/10/19) at Culturgest - Fundação CGD for the opening of "What is ornament?", the exhibition curated by Ambra Fabi and Giovanni Piovene for Trienal de Arquitectura de Lisboa 2019 - The poetics of reason.
The exhibition aims to reconfigure the discussion about ornament, particularly focusing on its current appropriation and interpretation. How can ornament be reconsidered today as an integral part of architecture? What is its impact and its value? Can we still talk about ornament as a quantitative or qualitative option? "What is Ornament?" is an attempt to look for open answers.

More info at:
https://www.trienaldelisboa.com/
https://www.culturgest.pt/

What is ornament? - Lisbon Architecture Triennale 2019
10.06.19

We are very happy to announce Design Balneare, a workshop in the context of Made Labs in Siracusa (Italy) 29/7 – 3/8.

More on www.madelabs.it or... Apply Here!

Design Balneare
23.02.19

Metrò Lamp is featured on the #388 issue of M, Le Monde's magazine.

M, le magazine du Monde
15.10.18

As part of the Divisare box set NEW ARCHITECTS 2 - MILAN, HALF OBJECT HALF ARCHITECTURE is finally out!

Half Object Half Architecture
10.10.18

Metrò Lamp is featured on the October issue of Elle Decor Italia.

Elle Decor
03.09.18

Our work is featured in AD Collector #18.

AD Collectors
17.04.18

Our furniture pieces realized for Chicago Architecture Biennale 2017 will be produced by Maniera and presented for the first time in Milan, during the Design Week. Maniera 14 & 17: Productora / Columbus Table + Piovenefabi / Metrò. ALCOVA, 17 – 22 April 2018, 11 am – 7 pm.
Photographs by Giovanna Silva.

MDW.3 Maniera
17.04.18

We have designed the Nanban temporary store for the Milano Design Week 2018. The project synthesizes the symbolic icon of all Japanese cities: the kiosk. Alcova, Via Popoli Uniti 11/13, April 17-22 2018.

MDW.2 Nanban
17.04.18

In the frame of the Milano Design Week 2018 we will present Comodo, a small table designed and produced for Silipol Studies n.3, a project by Mariotti Fulget. Opening: Tuesday April 17, Via Pietro Maroncelli 14, 7–11PM

MDW.1 Mariotti Fulget
13.04.18

Piovenefabi has been featured among the 100 talents of 2018 in the design world on Icon Design, March Issue 2018.

Icon Design