Failures, when design and art make it a flop

Published on Apr 13, 2016


“Not all the donuts come with the hole,” says a famous saying of popular culture. And this is also true when it comes to art and design. Often, however, are these apparent "holes" in the water lay the groundwork for the great revolutions of style and functionality. And so it was that on the occasion of the Design Week of Milan the renovated complex of Cascina Cuccagna is a homage to a series of fortunate stories of errors, show Failures – Process Beyond Success, running until 17 April.

A project curated by Raumplan and ACCC, which winds through the more than 4000 square metres of the ancient agricultural court, a short distance from Porta Romana. Exposure, thanks to the support of prestigious brands such as Alessi and Kartell, showcases unique pieces made by masters of the calibre of Aldo Rossi, Alessandro Mendini, Ettore Sottsass, Marco Zanuso and Richard Sapper, along with the prototypes and the research processes of contemporary designers such as Riccardo Blumer and Francesco Faccin.

The failure thus becomes a stage in the inevitable and valuable, a way to explore the paths usually hidden design: an added value that is often absent from the stories of success, where errors are hidden and the changes of direction to arrive at the solution must remain strictly secret.

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