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Tree shorts: cherry in architecture

A bitesize episode exploring American cherry and its unique role in the creation of the Susie Sainsbury Theatre by architect Ian Ritchie of ritchie*studio

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6/6/2022

Special episode: Kinetic Furniture - with Benedetta Tagliabue

Season 3, Ep. 1
To celebrate the launch of Perpetuum Mobile, and the return of Milan Design Week, host Oli Stratford speaks to Benedetta Tagliabue, the director and head architect of the international firm Benedetta Tagliabue - EMBT Architects. Showing as part of the INTERNI Design Re-Generation exhibition event at the Università degli Studi of Milan, Perpetuum Mobile – The Dancing Furniture of Enric Miralles & Benedetta Tagliabue’s home, brings together recreations of nine of the furniture pieces and objects that the architect designed alongside his partner Benedetta Tagliabue for their home in Barcelona, Spain. The exhibition includes tables, seating and shelving designed between 1992 and 1999, and reproduced in sustainable American hardwoods, but never put into commercial production. Although each piece is unique, they all demonstrate Miralles’ vision of the ‘house in motion’ – a domestic space in which each piece of furniture does not have a defined place or a set purpose, but can be moved or modified to meet the needs of the moment.Perpetuum Mobile – The Dancing Furniture of Enric Miralles & Benedetta Tagliabue’s home.Designed by Benedetta Tagliabue – EMBT Architects, in collaboration with Fundació Enric Miralles.Supported by the American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC). Dates6–13 June 2022VenueAula Magna Hall, Università degli Studi di Milano, via Festa del Perdono 7, 20122 Milano