THE TRAVELING CHAIR OF ANGELO CAMPIGLIO
Nestled in the heart of Milano, three blocks from the bustling Piazza San Babila, we discover the quiet serenity of Villa Necchi Campiglio. This magnificent house, shrouded by magnolia trees, is the quintessential setting for the fashion elite of 1920’s Milan. It is here that the sisters Nedda and Gigina Necchi, together with Angelo Campiglio, (Gigina’s husband) lived a life of pure indulgence, insisting on the finest of things and the best of company. Fabrica was invited to interpret this magnificent villa, and its three inhabitants as an artistic muse. The Fabrica young designers immersed themselves in the Necchi Campiglio lifestyle and created a collection specifically for the house. In each of the twenty-three rooms you will find a contemporary object, supposed as a counterpart to the vintage interior. One of the most peculiar and distinctive objects can be found in the study – it is the Traveling Chair of Angelo Campiglio. To understand this chair and the motivations for designing it, we must go back to the setting and the person it was designed for. Angelo Campiglio was the man of the house, the husband of Gigina Necchi and the definition of an Italian gentleman. His life revolved around business, hunting and entertaining – either in the Necchi Villa or in the Parisian apartment he also owned. When Angelo travelled he did so in style, taking with him a mahogany writing desk, which could be ingeniously packed to a movable size. In his home life, Angelo and his desk could be found in the study. The room most aligned to his personality is sober and compact, lined in rosewood partition and housing a concealed safe and storage system. The Traveling Chair design is a tribute to the travels of Campiglio, imagined as an occasional chair to be unfolded and presented to a guest. The rich hardwood base compliments the palette of the study, whilst the leather upper has a suggestion of hunting trips, keeping the object light and compact. Like the desk it relies on a clever folding mechanism to achieve a compact position. Its traveling nature is implied in the form, with visible handles and nomadic yet luxury finishing. Clearly Angelo lived a different life from us, yet his interest in travel and bringing objects along the way is something we can clearly relate to. The Traveling Chair is a wonderful excuse to bring the romanticism of the past into a contemporary context. The Traveling Chair and other objects designed by Fabrica will be part of the exhibition “Villa Necchi - Dettagli di Vita e Nuove Visioni” which will take place from 13th April to 8th May 2012 at Villa Necchi Campiglio, Via Mozart, 14 - Milan, Italy.