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Kitchen, CORIAN loves MISSONI Showroom (2008)*

Artist/Designer: Missoni, DuPont Corian

Project Location: Milan, Italy

Figure 1: Kitchen, CORIAN loves MISSONI Showroom, 2008. ( Source | Accessed : May 6, 2013 | Photographer: Courtesy of Rose Etherington )
Figure 2: Kitchen, CORIAN loves MISSONI Showroom, 2008. ( Source | Accessed : January 4, 2018 | Photographer: Courtesy of Rose Etherington )

Contemporary, Modern

Primary Material(s):
Glass, Metal, Textile, Paint, Wall Paper

Exhibition, Retail Store

Related Website(s):

Significant Date(s):
21st Century, 2008

Additional Information:
Publications/Texts in Print-

Mazza, Samuele and Mariuccia Casadio. Missoni. Corte Madera: Gingko Press, 1997.
Vercelloni, Isa and Guido Ballo. Missonologia: the World of Missoni. New York: Abbeville, 1995.

Additional Information-

Building Address:
Corian Design - Milano Store
via San Nicolao 4

Supporting Designers/Staff:
Art Direction: Rosita Missoni; supervision: Luca Missoni
Organizer/sponsor: DuPont™ Corian®
General project: MISSONI
Project manager: Arch. Massimo Fucci, DuPont™ Corian®
Artemide (lighting solutions)
Boffi (kitchen and bathroom)
Listone Giordano (flooring systems)
Moroso (furnishing)
Zehnder Group/Runtal (radiator technology)
Hasenkopf (fabrication of DuPont™ Corian®)
TechLab Italia (fabrication of DuPont™ Corian®)
Esarc Hi-Tech (invisible audio systems)
Antica Gelateria del Corso/Nestlé (decorative ice cream compositions)

Significant Dates:
Showroom exhibition from April 15-21, 2008

Associated Projects:

Tags: Polka dots, Missoni, Showroom, Milan, Corian, homeware, fabric, Italian

Known for their colorful, patterned textiles, Missoni's polka dot showroom is an example of the graphic quality of a limited pallet. Unlike the Vogue room, the Missoni showroom relies on the polka dot to highlight, rather than contrast, the sleek lines and minimalist architecture and furnishings, adding more structure to the room. The polka dot frames areas within the room, making it more approachable. Missoni's use of polka dots in various sizes queues the audience that the subtle details of the interior must be closely observed. In particular, the black and white dots on the room's island closely resemble newsprint - an invitation for the audience to read the polka dot decoration in an effort to evoke the feeling of the room's composition. The Missoni showroom is a tribute to the post-modern love of semiotics, made possible through the polka dot.

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