~ Fondazione Bisazza// John Pawson - Plain Space , Opening June 8

I'm adding to my list of places that I want to go to - the Fondazione Bisazza, Italy (tile manufacturer Bisazza), located in Vicenza Italy. Also because sadly I didn't get a chance to see the exhibition here in London.
To mark its opening on 8 June 2012 (until July 29th 2012), the Bisazza Foundation will present ‘John Pawson – Plain Space’, dedicated to the work of the British designer known for his ‘minimalist’ approach to design and architecture. Direct from its successful showing at the Design Museum, London, the exhibition will be presented for the first time in Italy.


The “John Pawson - Plain Space” exhibition celebrates John Pawsons career from the early 1980s to date and it presents his architecture and product designs characterized by visual clarity, simplicity and grace. The exhibition includes a selection of landmark commissions such as the Sackler Crossing in London, the Cistercian Monastery in the Czech Republic and Calvin Klein’s iconic flagship store in New York as well as current and future projects.
 Pawson will offer a direct and immersive experience of his work, while architectural elements in stone, bronze, wood and metal taken from a range of buildings will explore his sensitive use of materials. Using a rich range of media, the exhibition will show Italian public projects from Pawson’s career through photography, film, sketches, study models, prototypes as well as personal items from the Pawson archive.
Moreover, for the opening of The Bisazza Foundation, John Pawson is producing an original, site- specific work, using mosaics for the first time in his career.

'which will showcase the appeal of the product’s simplicity', says CEO Piero Bisazza
The space was renovated by Vicenza-based architect Carlo Dal Bianco, who oversaw the 2001 transformation of the 1960s brick-and-reinforced-concrete factory that houses the headquarters, and also worked on the recent conversion of some of the building into the foundation’s new facility, the project took nearly a decade to complete. Showcasing the product was icing on the cake, says Dal Bianco: 
'The beauty of Springrose, the mosaic at the main entrance, still moves me.'
The spaces of the Bisazza Foundation include an area of more than 1,000 m2, which is dedicated to exhibitions and installations of internationally famous designers from prestigious foreign institutions, never seen before in Italy.
The spaces of the Foundation cover an area of approximately 6000 m2. In the past, they were reserved for company production; then they were renovated and adapted for holding exhibitions, thanks to architect Carlo Dal Bianco’s redevelopment project.
The ample permanent collection consists of installations by designers such as Tord Boontje, Aldo Cibic, Sandro Chia, Jaime Hayon, Alessandro Mendini, Fabio Novembre, Mimmo Paladino, Andrée Putman, Ettore Sottsass, Studio Job, Patricia Urquiola and Marcel Wanders.




Photo © Alberto Ferrero / Courtesy Bisazza
Images from plain space