Milan – As the world descended on Milan for Design Week this year, Italian custom-made outdoor solutions brand Corradi returned to three locations in the city to showcase three products for the third year in a row.
The first installation, of the Magiko as part of a Iosa Ghini Associati installation, was located at the State University of Milan in Brera. It was part of Interni's Human Spaces exhibition, which sought to (re)place the well-being of humans at the center of the architectural imagination and the design industry – a message in perfect alignment with Corradi's brand ethos, which focuses on the importance of time, whether one is talking about time to do something or time to do precisely nothing.
At the Fuorisalone with Elle Decor, Corradi put three of its Maestro bioclimatic pergolas not just on display but into service. To highlight the recent evolution of indoor and outdoor contemporary work environments as part of Elle Decor at Work, the sage green Maestro was installed in the cobbled, leafy courtyard of the Palazzo Bovara.
The Maestro is one of Corradi’s marquee products, a forward-looking shelter that offers users a range of options for suiting it to their own spaces and lives. Its self-supporting aluminium frame can be equipped with a sliding foldable canvas roof or adjustable blades. By using calendered tubes the canvas roof can be made to curve elegantly, but it can also be tightened with spacers or slack with an alternating trapezoidal manufacture.
Maestro can cover surfaces of up to 700 x 700 cm without the need for a supporting central pillar and with a single canvas, which is new in the sector. Its 25-cm frontal beam, 12-cm-high retreated gutter, integrated screens and a column beam connection without any carter, all contribute to the extreme tidiness of the Maestro's lines.
Corradi also showed off Maestro in the Brera Design District: a highly personalisable hybrid version equipped with a proprietary sliding coverage system and adjustable blades, as well as a double-closure system with sliding glass doors and vertical filtering closures. It was installed at the Piazza San Marco for dOT – Design Outdoor Taste, whose theme around green space was explored through water in honor of the 500th birthday of Leonardo da Vinci. The technical Maestro was a tribute to the self-taught polymath, but in tribute to da Vinci, the man who yearned to fly, Corradi displayed the lightness of its nautical shade sail Defense, which was ranked among the 100 most representative Italian design objects by Made in Italy.