“I don’t know what design is”, opined once the Italian designer Enzo Mari.

Not because he hadn’t considered the question. But because he had. A lot.

With the exhibition Enzo Mari curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist with Francesca Giacomelli the Triennale Milano present an opportunity to approach an understanding of that which in the course of those considerations, and his 60+ year career, Enzo Mari has variously understood both design to be, and what it could, should, must, be……..

Enzo Mari curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist with Francesca Giacomelli, Triennale Milano, Milan

“Last night the waiter put the celery on with the cheese, and I knew that summer was indeed dead”, opined once A.A. Milne, continuing that, while there may be other indications of autumn’s arrival, “it is only with the first celery that summer is over.”

And the first celery appears, or at least appeared in early 20th century England, in October.

Not that one should fear the celery, for in its crispness, freshness, tenderness, sweetness celery, so A.A. Milne, reminds us that winter isn’t only about the cold, wet, dark and dreary, but is a season which brings its own pleasures and joys, is a season of “crisp and sparkling days, long pleasant evenings, cheery fires” and to which we’ll add lingering visits to architecture and design exhibitions. Our recommendations for new showcases opening in October 2020 can be found in Munich, Milan, Rotterdam, Philadelphia and Brussels.

And as ever in these times, if you do feel comfortable about visiting any museum, please familiarise yourself in advance with the current ticketing, entry, safety, hygiene, cloakroom, etc rules and systems. And during your visit please stay safe, stay responsible, and above all, stay curious….

“Here’s to October—and, waiter, some more celery.”1

5 New Architecture & Design Exhibitions for October 2020

CUCULA Refugees Company for Crafts and Design Werkbundarchiv Museum der Dinge Berlin

When Italian designer/design theologian Enzo Mari released his Autoprogettazione family of self build furniture in 1974 he did so with

DMY Berlin CUCULA Refugees Company for Crafts and Design

“I want to create models for a different society, for a way of producing and living differently”, announces Enzo Mari

Berlin Design Week Who is Mari Enzo Mari und die Meisterwerkstatt der KPM

Established in 1751 by Wilhelm Caspar Wegely and taken under royal control by Prussia’s King Frederick II in 1763, the

take a seta studio zmik Sandra Kennel

Much like those who doubted that the Stone Roses would ever get back together; there are also those who doubt

In a New York Times piece by Alice Rawsthorn1 we read that Enzo Mari once said that he wanted to

Enzo Mari in discussion

On Monday September 5th the Universität der Künste Berlin designtransfer centre hosted a talk with the Italian designer, design critic,