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Tehran: on show the best of Italian design

Teheran, in mostra il meglio del design italiano
Teheran, in mostra il meglio del design italiano

The Italian Ambassador in Tehran, Giuseppe Perrone, opened the preview of “Domus Design – Teheran 2022”, the international exhibition of Italo-Iranian design to be hosted in the Iranian capital from mid-March.

The exhibition draws inspiration from the “Domus Design” exhibition that took place in Teheran in 1975 at the initiative of the Milan-based magazine which presented the best of international design for homes and industries through 280 pieces by 116 designers. “This new exhibition that we organized in Tehran aims to reembody the spirit of that historic exhibition,” said Ambassador Perrone, “by tracing the main stages in the collaboration between Italy and Iran in the design sector, with a view to highlighting the special ties between Italy and Iran that, ever since the ‘50s, have never stopped producing design pieces of rare beauty.”

Starting with the pieces designed by Ponti in the ’50s and ’60s for the villas that he was building in those years, including the spectacular Villa Namazee in Tehran, the preview displays the most representative stories of the Italo-Iranian relations in design and architecture. On show are the visionary designs by Gaetano Pesce for the Tehran National Library, as well as the design projects of contemporary Iranian architects, such as Alireza Taghaboni and Sara Kalantari or vanguard design pieces like the futuristic zoomorphic shaped dining suite by Kamran Naderi. The exhibition preview, which is hosted in one of the historic buildings of the Qajar complex that houses the residence of the Italian Ambassador to Iran, was attended among others by Walter Mariotti, the editorial director of Domus magazine.