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Unique design furniture at the ADI Design Museum

Milan, which at the beginning of September will reopen its doors to the Salone del Mobile, celebrates Italian design in the round with the ADI Design Museum, inaugurated on May 26, 2021. Located in a former industrial area with a very high architectural and urban impact, it is located in the center of a strategic area of the city. It occupies a structure with a total area of 5,135 square meters, divided into spaces for exhibitions, services, the museum conservatory and offices.

The permanent exhibition of the ADI Design Museum, collects 2500 artistic projects that have marked the history of Italian design. Among these are all the objects that since 1954, every two years, have won the Compasso d’Oro, an institutional award recognized in the design world. The purpose of this illustrious award is to highlight the qualities of made-in-Italy products, but, above all, the value that design gives to the production of these products. The jury is international, it changes every two years and is made up of design experts and of the culture in general. The Ministry of Cultural Heritage – Regional Superintendence for Lombardy, with a Decree dated April 22, 2004, declared the Historical Collection of the ADI Compasso d’Oro Award to be of “exceptional artistic and historical interest” and included it in the national heritage.

Arper’s Nuur table, designed by Simon Pengelly in 2009 and winner of the Compasso D’Oro in 2011, is one of the furnishings featured in the ADI Design Museum exhibition dedicated to all Compasso D’Oro winners. Nuur is the essential table par excellence: in square or rectangular shapes, it has a single top that rests on four legs. Its style is pure but at the same time flexible. Its simplicity makes it extremely versatile and able to adapt to the most diverse functions and environments: from contract to residential; from workplaces to domestic spaces. Awarded for its extreme lightness and attention to detail.

In addition to Arper’s Nuur table, numerous objects have been awarded this prize over the years. Among these, many are office and contract furniture: Qualis armchair and Vela seat by Tecno, simple, functional, unique and sophisticated, awarded in 2016 and the Big metal bookcase by Caimi Brevetti, a formal solution studied in detail, with decisive shapes and adaptable to different environments.

The ADI Design Museum, in addition to the historical Collection of the Compasso, hosts eight in-depth exhibitions on the history of Italian design, aimed at narrating and enhancing the historical importance of the Made in Italy culture and at relaunching the country with all its historical culture, after the difficult situation due to the pandemic experienced in the last year and a half.

DR by Frezza won the Good Design Award 2011

With one of the oldest and prestigious prizes, the Chicago Athenaeum has elected dr desk range one of the best office furniture products of 2011.

Thanks to its charming and sophisticated design, dr has proved to be one of the most eclectic and also one of the most appreciated products by Frezza.

Nuur wins the 22nd Compasso d’Oro

The International Jury of the 22nd Compasso d’Oro Award, presided over by Arturo Dell’Acqua Bellavitis, has awarded the triennial Compasso d’oro prize to Nuur, the table designed by Simon Pengelly, for the “exceptional lightness and attention to detail in its design”. The Awards Ceremony was held in Rome the 12th July 2011, at MACRO, the Museum of Contemporary Art.

The Nuur table will become part of this unique collection of design projects attesting to over 50 years of the history of Italian design.

The Compasso d’Oro originated in Milan in 1954 from an idea of Giò Ponti. It is the most important Italian design award for the project, product and research, and is promoted by ADI, the Industrial Design Association.
The table features laminated wood or wood veneered MDF top in square shape. The look is accentuated through the presence of polished or painted aluminium frame. The Compasso d’Oro adds itself to the list of other international awards obtained in 2010: the Design Guild Mark and the Design Week Awards in the United Kingdom; the Interior Innovation Award and the IF Product Design Award in Germany.