Barrique: a third life for wood

Apr 12, 2013 1577

Exhibit of design objects by several Italian top designers, manufactured by the Community of San Patrignano using wood crates

Boston: May 7 – 8, 2013
New York: May 18 – 20, 2013
Washington DC: May 29 – 30, 2013
Charleston: June 6 – 7, 2013
Miami: June 13 – 14, 2013
Houston: June 20 – 21, 2013
New York: June 30 – July 2, 2013
Chicago: July 9 – 10, 2013
Atlanta: September 13 – October 11, 2013
Boston, New York, Washington DC, Charleston, Miami, Houston, Chicago, Atlanta


In a Year which is dedicated to innovation, design and Italian culture in the United States, this unique project - which brings together design, wine and a social dimension - is a must. Through an itinerant exhibition, "Barrique" presents works made from old disused "barrique" wine barrels. Young members of the San Patrignano community have worked at it, together with thirty top Italian architects and emerging designers, who are the creators of the works on display. Visitors will sample select Italian wines at each of the exhibit's stops.

"Barrique", an innovative design project which enhances, at once, the exquisite craftsmanship that has long been one of Italy's finest hallmarks, showcases furniture and pieces made from wood recovered from disused wine casks.The works presented are not only those of some thirty famous Italian architects – to include Elio Fiorucci, Alberto Meda, Paolo Pininfarina, Matteo Thun, Angela Missoni, Franco and Matteo Origoni, Davide and Maurizio Riva, Giuseppe Leida – but also those of six young emerging designers, the winners of an international competition.
Given the project's great success in Italy, in particular at the Fiera del Mobile in Milan, and the fact that 2013 is the Year of Italian Culture in the United States, the works have been brought to the United States for the first time. The pieces will be showcased in an itinerant exhibition, with each stop lasting for two days: on the first, wood and creativity are truly the protagonists. On the second day, which focuses on the "old" nature of the barriques' recovered wood, there will be a Seminar and a tasting of some very special and select wines, chosen by the Associazione Italiana Sommelier.
The initiative is thus not only an exhibit of beautiful designer objects. Barrique brings together innovation, tradition, and a significant social value. The works, in fact, are made by San Patrignano youths, a community committed to helping.

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