Living Copper 2007
Copper is a material with a dual identity. On one hand, it is an ancient and noble material with a tradition that goes back thousands of years to the Bronze Age. On the other hand, it is modern and sustainable, and a precious resource for the worlds of industry and design. From this starting point of dual identity, the "Living with Copper" exhibition explores the functional and aesthetic potential offered by copper and its alloys. The exhibition has evolved from a research process that, in the last two years, has involved some of the most foremost international designers who have confronted the expressive potential of the material, as well as the technological possibilities offered by the various companies involved in the project. Thanks to this interaction between production and design, prototypes of a series of new products, including wall decorations, chairs, coffee tables, decorative shelves, baskets and lights, have been developed. Different materials and colours blend to define a series of objects representing a fusion of designers' different cultures and philosophies. It is this creative combination of new solutions which contributes to the ongoing evolution of copper as a material and to new perspectives for its use in the future.