Living Divani Turns a 17th-Century Courtyard into a Modern Lounge

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The Italian furniture manufacturer and American design studio Diller Scofidio + Renfro took over Palazzo Litta with furniture and folly during Milan Design Week 2017.

Part of what makes Milan Design Week an inspiring destination year after year is seeing the world’s latest and greatest designs set against the backdrop of some of Milan’s most historic buildings and landmarks.

Palazzo Litta was one such site during this year’s festivities, which ran from April 4 to 9. The Baroque building, which dates back to 1761, was the venue for A Matter of Perception, an exhibition presented by Mosca Partners and DAMN magazine that invited a suite of international designers, architects and brands to enliven the palace.

Living Divani at Palazzo Litta, Milan 2017

Diller Scofidio + Renfro were tapped to transform the palace’s courtyard with their first-ever Italian installation, supported by a select group of furniture manufacturers, including Living Divani. Using 300 pairs of jeans, stretched out and connected by the waist and cuffs, DS+R created a denim canopy that stretched over the yard and safeguarded against the rain.

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Beneath the canopy, Living Divani installed 49 individual elements of its Extra Wall modular sofa. Assembled in a variety of geometric configurations, the elements provided a comfortable seat from which visitors could contemplate DS+R’s installation.

In a secondary courtyard, architect and interior stylist Elisa Ossino led the creative direction of Bistro Litta 24 — two summery lounge areas near an on-site restaurant and bar. Ossino used pieces from Living Divani’s collection of casual yet elegant outdoor furniture to populate the space, including the outdoor versions of the Agra sofa and daybed, designed by David Lopez Quincoces and released in 2016, which comprised the majority of the seating.

Living Divani at Palazzo Litta, Milan 2017

The slim profile and clean lines of both the regular, tubular frame and the waxed cord version — both on display at the Palazzo — imbued the historic courtyard with a sense of modernity. Decorative cushions in shades of lemon, lime and turquoise enhanced the white upholstery.

Living Divani at Palazzo Litta, Milan 2017

Alongside the Agra, Living Divani unveiled Flow, a brand new rocking chair characterized by an ultra-light and slender steel frame. Designed by Shibuleru, a San Francisco-based studio, the chair is available for indoor and outdoor settings and in a variety of upholstery options — including the cheerful yellow-green hue displayed at Palazzo Litta.

This content was published by Azure on behalf of Living Divani.

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