16 Animali, 16 Autori

16 Animali, 16 Autori Curated by Giulio Iacchetti
On the eve of Christmas, Danese Milano decided to celebrate an icon of Italian design like 16 animali, the puzzle designed by Enzo Mari in 1957 dedicated to the youngest.

Giulio Iacchetti, Art Director of Danese and curator of the exhibition 16 ANIMALI, 16 AUTORI, asked 16 important international personalities from the world of design, architecture, graphics and fashion to give tribute to Enzo Mari and his work for Danese Milano.

Each of them has been entrusted with one of the sixteen animals to be reinterpreted, colored, personalized. The result of these creative interventions will be a collective exhibition of unique pieces, which will open on December 16, 2019, set up in the spaces of Danese Showroom in Milan in Piazza San Nazaro in Brolo where these 16 animals will be presented and described by their authors.
 The exhibition takes up a project that Enzo Mari developed in 1965 for the Danese spaces and exhibitions, in which trapezoidal cardboard modules are freely composed, generating plans that develop with organic forms. 

In the words of Giulio Iacchetti: "This small exhibition is first of all a tribute to the Master Enzo Mari and his projects for Danese, so epic and powerful, of which the 16 Animals are a spearhead of excellence. We also thought about children, since the 16 Animals, like many other products by Danese, were and are designed for the game of childrens. 
The exhibition was made possible thanks to a series of interventions: 15 friends, designers, architects, stylists and many others, together with me, thanks to their original approach, unedited and generous, have returned to us 16 unique, colorful and original animals that will be kept in the Danese's archive".

The names of the 16 authors: 

Arthur Arbesser


Pierre Charpin
Michele De Lucchi Artworks
Nathalie Du Pasquier

Alessandro Gnocchi
Alessandro Guerriero
Maria Christina Hamel

Giulio Iacchetti
Giovanni Levanti

Franco Raggi

Studio Irvine

Elena Salmistraro

Olimpia Zagnoli

Cino Zucchi Architetti

Enzo Mari curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist with Francesca Giacomelli

Enzo Mari curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist with Francesca Giacomelli

Enzo Mari curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist with Francesca Giacomelli, is a major exhibition devoted to the work and ideas of Enzo Mari, one of the most important designers, artists, critics, and theorists. Among the pieces on display there will also be the vast production of art edition, products and graphics realized for Danese Milano over the years.

Triennale Milano
October 17, 2020 - September 12, 2021

Danese Milano @ Design Week 2021

Danese Milano @ Design Week 2021

The 2021 Danese collection demonstrates a renewed interest in the workspace, at home or in the office, with a series of table objects. A desk pad made with a graphene-enriched material with which the surface becomes 99% antibacterial and a paperweight that is a candidate to become the new souvenir of Milan.
Added to all of this is a wall clock that allows you to personally define the composition of the dial and a set of formally and functionally flawless clothes hangers in pure Danese style.

The catalogue is then enriched with two important collaborations: Mario Cucinella explores the theme of containing with three design exercises inspired by his architectures: a brass centrepiece and two vases made using a 3D printer. Pierre Charpin gives us a sample of his agile and sophisticated balance between elementary geometries and rigorous technical solutions with a metal bookcase system.

Uno, La Mela” and “Due, La Pera” in the 50x70 format have been added to the silk-screen prints in the “Serie della Natura” and above all the re-editions of “Agnellino”, “La Volpe”, “Due Oche Grigie” and “Cinque,Il Lupo”: fantastic animals derived from the “Gioco delle Favole” that Enzo Mari had developed in the early ‘60s. Re-issuing his work is our way of paying homage to the memory of an unforgettable designer who made Danese great. His animals, masterfully drawn with simple coloured backgrounds and very few details, give us back the pleasure of inventing stories, expanding the spaces of the imagination, restoring flora and fauna elements to the walls of our houses that reconnect us in an elegant and distinctive way with the magical world of nature.

Giulio Iacchetti

Piazza San Nazaro in Brolo, 15
04-10 / 09 / 2021
10.00 AM - 09.00 PM

by Mario Cucinella Architects
Via Bergamo 17, Pregnana Milanese (MI)
04-10 / 09 / 2021
10.00 AM - 07.00 PM

via Canova 34, Milan
05-10 / 09 / 2021
10.00 AM - 07.00 PM