Last week I went to Triennale Design Museum in Milan, and I visited the Third Interpretation by Alessandro Mendini: “Quali cose siamo”. It is a collection of objects, apparently piled up in a chaotic way, full of quotes, hints and combinations that stimulate your curiosity… Among these objects there are ones related to the world of wine: I’ve chosen two of them that I really liked.
The first one is a special glass designed by Gumdesign in 2006: Swing glass, a sort of rocking glass. It is a usual wine glass with just a special detail: the basis of the glass is parabolic, that means that when you fill this glass it begins to swing, literally. This movement can be reproduced very easily during the dinner just by touching it softly. This device allows a perfect and continue oxygenation and decantation of the wine. But, as my professor suggested to me, it reproduces also the feeling you have when you have drunk too much! Game and function are well combined in this object.
[If you look in Gumdesing’s website you’ll find another wine object – which doesn’t find place in Triennale Exhibition – :
“Calici Emozionali“, three different glasses with a hole at different levels, one for the abstemious person, one for the balanced one and one for the immoderate drinker; here too the element of game is predominant.]
The second object I noticed in Triennale is a wine produced by Sandro Chia. He is a very important artist of the second half of the last century and his works are exhibited in a lot of museums around the world. He landed in the world of wine by chance, when he bought an estate in Tuscany, Castello Romitorio. The wine exhibited in Triennale is called “Costanza“, and it is a blend of Vermentino and Chardonnay. The peculiar thing of Chia’s wines is the fact that each label is different from the others and they are painted by the artist. That makes his wines loved by collectors.
It’s interesting to think that such a unique object (but not unique product, since, although the label, the wine is the same in every bottle) is exhibited in a Design Museum, where you would expect to find a praise to reproducibility and mass production…