871 Days, 50 Products, 17 Designers, and 1 Single Color


Overflowing with juxtapositions, the temporary exhibition 871 days, 50 products, 17 designers, and 1 single color was conceived by La Manufacture’s artistic director, Luca Nichetto. On display at Milan’s Museo Poldi Pezzoli during Salone del Mobile, it takes place against the backdrop of the 19th-century rooms of the palazzo.

The exhibit’s name is a curious one: 871 days, 50 products, 17 designers, and 1 single color. It was chosen to mark the 871 days since the dream of entrepreneur Robert Acouri, to gather the work of 17 international designers under one roof to celebrate French and Italian talent, was revealed. Fifty modern high design objects, belonging to La Manufacture, created a visual conversation inside the palazzo’s traditional ornate rooms.

Nichetto imagined the space as an in-progress construction site, and chose the unforgettable vibrant orange of construction vests as the standout feature. New iterations of the 50 chosen pieces were rendered for the exhibition, guiding visitors through the story of La Manfacture’s work, with the single color guaranteeing a memorable experience.

vermillion sofa, coffee table, stools, and accessories in a styled interior space

vermillion credenza, table lamp, table, and accessories in a styled interior space

vermillion sofa, coffee table, stools, cafe table, and dining chairs in a styled interior space

three chunky vermillion chairs in a gallery-like space with traditional wall art

vermillion armchair and side tables in styled interior space

tiered side table next to a traditional marble bust on plinth

vermillion vessel on a wood table with a traditional painting of a man hanging on the wall in the background

vermillion red seating/table combo in gallery-like space with traditional wall art

vermillion perforated armchair in front of traditional stained glass windows

vermillion stool in traditional gallery space

modern vermillion floor mirror and piece of furniture in a traditional gallery space

three modern vermillion chairs in a traditional gallery space

empty vermillion picture frame styled hanging on shelves full of glassware

three modern vermillion stools gathered around a traditional water fountain at the base of an ornate curved staircase

stacked modern vermillion wire chairs and stools in traditional gallery space

stacked modern vermillion wire chairs and stools in traditional gallery space

modern vermillion sofas, tables, and chairs in a glass covered sunroom

vermillion sofa and armchairs styled in a traditional indoor space

exterior of gallery building with three large vermillion banners

Museo Poldi Pezzoli

To learn more about the exhibit, visit lamanufacture-paris.fr.

Photography by De Pasquale + Maffini.

Kelly Beall is senior editor at Design Milk. The Pittsburgh-based graphic designer and writer has had a deep love of art and design for as long as she can remember, and enjoys sharing her finds with others. When undistracted by great art and design, she can be found making a mess in the kitchen, consuming as much information as possible, or on the couch with her three pets. Find her @designcrush on social.



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