Design alla Coop
The aim of Coop is to be at the forefront when it comes to seizing the opportunities offered by sectors which are strongly innovative today, choosing in this case design as a new tool for conversing with the customer and leading them to think about the intimate function of the object.
Coop stands for Cooperative of consumers born to start the “practice of collective purchasing” and to ensure that Cooperative consumers have the better guarantees and conditions when stocking up on goods. The basic idea of this cooperation arises from needs and from solidarity: in this way an original entrepreneurial response has been created which in more than a century and a half of history has developed into the leading Italian distribution organization.
Coop gives fresh attention to innovative forms of expression and experiments the realization of projects which join product with design, beauty and functionality. The project was presented during the Milan Salone del Mobile (Furniture Fair) 2005, a unique scenario in the world for the launch of new trends, events linked to the distribution and marketing of product ranges which now no longer belong just to “furniture”. 19 designers, chosen from amongst the most representative of the new generation were invited by Coop to design consumer goods for the home and individual: objects which were innovative in their performance and functionality, of a suitable size for transport and sale in great distribution, with environmentally compatible materials and workmanship enabling them to be recycled and thanks to a careful theoretical study of industrial reproducibility things which are accessible for all at a fair and democratic price.
During the days of the exhibition the public can admire the innovative concepts and indicate which products they would like to be able to find one day on the shelves of their local supermarket. The products chosen are in the production phase and will be available for distribution in the future.
Introduction to the exhibition: Giulio Iacchetti (designer and curator of the project)
Autonomous Province of Bozen/Bolzano-South Tyrol, Culture Department
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Lungomare, a cultural association founded in Bolzano in 2003, was created from the desire and necessity to open a space in which to share differences, experiences, opinions and desires, a space in which to make the link between cultural production and the political and social dimension. Lungomare undertakes projects that investigate and test possible relationships between design, architecture, urban planning, art and theory, the results of which are presented in different formats: public discussions, conferences, publications, exhibitions and interventions in public spaces. All these formats are characterised by the intention to interact with cultural and socio-political processes relating to the region in which Lungomare is located.
Currently Lungomare’s activities focus on long-term residency projects, a format whereby Lungomare invites guests to engage and interact within the context of South Tyrol. Lungomare’s activities are based on three principles: specific attention to the context in which the association’s projects are undertaken, the transdisciplinary approach that distinguishes these projects, and reflection on the role of Lungomare as a cultural institution in connection with the region in which it operates.
2003 Angelika Burtscher and Daniele Lupo found Lungomare
2003 – 2005 curators: Patrizia Bertolini, Angelika Burtscher, Roberto Gigliotti, Manuela Demattio, Paul Peter Hofer, Brita Köhler, Daniele Lupo
2005 – 2013 curators: Angelika Burtscher e Daniele Lupo
2011 – 2013 a new scientific committee is established: Angelika Burtscher, Roberto Gigliotti, Daniele Lupo, Vincenzo Mancuso, Lisa Mazza, Paolo Plotegher, Heimo Prünster
from 2014 curators: Angelika Burtscher, Roberto Gigliotti, Daniele Lupo, Lisa Mazza, Paolo Plotegher
2014 start of the Lungomare residency programme
Lungomare is located at the edge of Bolzano, the capital of South Tyrol, and relates to the context in which it operates, attempting to highlight the dynamics of change. Large urbanized areas alternate with broad areas of intensive cultivation and yet others of picturesque landscape, all of which penetrate the centre of the city. The city is surrounded by mountains and this is one of the reasons why the tourism industry has become a driving force in this locality. The demographic structure of the city has been characterized for a long time by the coexistence of two populations, those speaking German and those speaking Italian. However, the social and demographic composition of Alto Adige Südtirol is changing. Migrants, including those from non-European countries are making their way to the area to settle, whilst others, including political refugees, are flowing through the region.