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Elena Cocuccioni

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Birth date 18/01/1988
Job architecture student
Style Minimal, Vintage, Fusion, Modern

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    Lego maps for London Tube 150th anniversary

    June, 18 2013 • 10:00

    2013 is the year that marks the 150th anniversary of one of the most famous and iconic transport systems in the world: the London Underground.       As part of the many celebrations held during the year, Lego and artist Duncan Titmarsh, one of only 13 certified Lego professionals in the world, have produced five 140x100 cm maps each made of over 1000 Lego bricks, representing the history and evolution of the underground map from 1927 to today, the one that we all love and that makes Londoner’s lives a little easier by helping them plan their daily movements.       “I'm sure our customers of all ages and backgrounds will enjoy looking at the five different LEGO maps that show the history and development of the Underground; the Tube network, like the famous Underground map, has constantly evolved to support London's growth and prosperity.”       All the maps, each of which took four days to complete and are on display from 12th June through the summer, have been placed in different stations: in South Kensington the 1927 map, in Piccadilly Circus the 1933 map, in Green Park the map from 1968, in Stratford the current map, and in King’s Cross–St. Pancras the 2020 map, which includes all future extensions.         Later in the year the maps will be moved to the London Transport Museum.     Images © Getty Images

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    Roberto Capucci – art, fashion and textile architecture

    May, 30 2013 • 10:00

    There is a very fine line between art and couture fashion and the work of Roberto Capucci is the epitome of this; in fact there is no better way to sum up his fifty years of activity if not by defining him not just as a fashion designer but as an artist who expresses himself through fashion, as he is famous for his uniquely colourful and sculptural designs. The “Roberto Capucci – in search of regality” retrospective exhibition, held at the Reggia di Venaria, is an astounding and impressive display of 50 dresses created by him since the Fifties.     “Fashion is not just an ornament, it is architecture. It is not enough for a dress to be beautiful, it has to be built as a palace, because just like a building it is the materialisation of an idea”       Capucci often refers to his work as a study in form inspired by art, architecture, and nature. For him, designing is a complete sensory experience, and one he often described as a leap from art, beauty, colour, emotion, music, nature, poetry. He is unparalleled in his ability to represent emotion through creations that are genuine “sculpture dresses”, presented in the exhibition along with sketches, photos, videos and anecdotes on particular moments in time and on the celebrities who actually wore such masterpieces.         His completely unexpected colour combinations spring vividly off of the rich fabrics, and some of his dresses feature thousands of tiny pleats folded into electrifying shapes. The sculpture dresses look spectacular when still on the mannequin, but the viewer is able to imagine their energy flowing down the runway in the videos that complement the displays of the gowns. Any fashion or design student will be fascinated by the wall of Capucci’s original drawings, which allow the viewer to follow the design from whimsical conception to dazzling fruition.   “Roberto Capucci – In search of regality” is open until 8th September at the Reggia di Venaria (Turin).       Photos by Claudia Primangeli.

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    Foundries’ Garden - ADH Doazan+Hirschberger

    May, 3 2013 • 10:00

    The Foundries’ Garden is built on the “Ile de Nantes” project, one of the biggest urban conversions in France. It is located in the middle of the island, in a suburban area surrounded by social housing and factories. The project consists in upgrading the residential and public spaces around the Fondries Atlantique complex, a company specialised in manufacturing propellers for cruise ships. Rails, industrial ovens and three moulding pits are just a few of the noticeable signs of the old activity that remain on the site.          One of the main goals of ADH Doazan + Hirschberger Architects was to create a covered garden, to be used as a protected space for everyday use, children’s games and community social events. Another important factor was to showcase the former industrial activity, “not just as a museum, but also as the legacy of a place where many local citizens were employed, and for which the conservation of the site is an emotional tribute to the city’s industrial past”.          The garden is split in two different parts: a “Jardin des Fours” and a “Travel Garden”. In the former, where the old ovens are, bamboo, graminae and cane have been planted to create green columns next to the new water tanks; this garden is referred to as a machine gallery. The latter occupies the majority of the area and is buildt 1,5 metres above the original ground level; here the travel theme is shown through a collection of plants that came to Europe through the Atlantic ports between the 16th and 18th century. The former iron structure was repaired and repainted, while the roof was replaced with a mix of solid and transparent polycarbonate tiles, so that it could protect the site from the wind and keep the inside temperature a few degrees higher than the outside climate.              Images from ADH Doazan + Hirschberger Architects

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    Posterheroes

    April, 24 2013 • 10:00

    Posterheroes is a project by Plug, a non-profit cultural association born from the collaboration of people with different skills and experiences, like graphic designers, architects, and students, all with the shared aim of raising the creative community and encouraging the debate on issues with a strong social impact.         The third edition of the graphic art Posterheroes competition proposes a debate on sustainability in the four main fields of production-economy, health-living, mobility, public life-people in cities, exploring the importance of smart cities through the creation of 50x70 graphic posters.         This competition also aims at the involvement of the creative community of the world around these four issues of global interest in order to stimulate collective awareness towards a new way of life in the city. In fact, In order to become 'smart' our cities have to develop into places where the different resources can be enhances and improved, therefore becoming an expression of new habits.         The top 40 posters, out of over 7.000 entries, are currently exhibited  until 5th May in Piazza Carlo Alberto in Torino, Italy.        

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    Cingomma – belts made from bikes

    March, 29 2013 • 10:00

    Cingomma is an example of how you can make something stylish starting from what might look like an old scrap. The designers decided to utilise as a main material used or discarded tires, giving them new life and recycling them as original and striking belts.      Every tire undergoes a careful wash cycle and is then handcrafted to rekindle each unique type of tread, each one with its own past; every belt, in fact, is one of a kind for its colour, for the texture of the tire and the life it has travelled. This also means that each belt is not the result of a random process, but it is a unique product with its own particular story. The patterns also vary with the texture of the tire, as well as its wear.         To know how many tires have been recycled one can look at the regressive number that makes the belt unique by identifying it.       The packaging boxes are also in line with the underlying idea of this product, as they are created from recycled paper and without any glues, allowing a direct view of the belt and its core features.     Images from www.cingomma.it

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    Marc Pascal – Kinetic lighting series

    March, 27 2013 • 10:00

    Marc Pascal is a Melbourne based designer who, among other projects, also focuses on lighting design. His pieces are generally created from thin plastic that is cut into a series of different figures, generating gorgeous shapes, which come in every possible colour.   Orchid Lamp     Enchanting might be the right word to describe Pascal’s work, especially looking at the three pieces in his Kinetic Series: the Eyoi Yoi lamp, with figures shaped as butterflies, the Xploff lamp, with circular petals, and the Orchid, where every single flower is different from the other, making every creation unique.   Eyoi Yoi Lamp   As Pascal says “Each lamp is hand-made and dyed and can be customized to your taste, producing an individualized mix of colors and shapes and an emotionally engaging statement piece for residential or commercial spaces.”   Xploff Lamp   The lamps are made with hand-dyed polycarbonate and stainless steel spring wire and are all available as pendant, table or floor lamps.   Orchid Lamp     Images from http://www.marcpascal.com/

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