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Salone del Mobile is the largest design fair in the world and takes place annually across Milan, featuring furniture, lighting and other home furnishings from architects and designers all over the globe. This year, many of our favourite fashion designers joined in the fun, either by creating their own versions of homeware, or like Giorgio Armani, hosting exhibitions showcasing notable architecture and design work.

Armani/Siloso, Giorgio Armani’s very own art and design museum, is hosting an exhibition entitled The Challenge, celebrating the legacy and career of noteworthy Japanese architect, Tadao Ando. On till 28th July 2019,The Challenge honours Ando’s illustrious career by displaying his most significant works, and contains over 50 projects including original blueprints, film installations, travel logs, and photographs captured by the architect himself. The exhibition is structured around four major themes: Primitive Shapes of Space, An Urban Challenge, Landscape Genesis, and Dialogues with History.

This is not their first collaboration – Ando had previously designed Armani’s flagship space in Milan, Armani/Teatro, the plans for which is displayed for the first time during the exhibition. As for the philosophy behind his life’s work, Ando shared this beautiful sentiment: “I wish to create architecture that will live on eternally – not in substance or form, but as a memory within people’s hearts.”

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