This website describes the first edition of the Tin Compasses, presented during the International Furniture Fair (14/19 April 2010) at the Triennale Bovisa (Milan).
The workshops and exhibition, which will take place at the Triennale Bovisa from 14 April through to the end of May, are the idea of Alessandro Guerriero and Riccardo Dalisi and are promoted by NABA and the Triennale Design Museum.
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(Thanks to eni, Wired, Peoplesound, Material Connexion, PAWorldStandDesign, EuroMilano, Triennale Bovisa and Absolut Vodka)

During the Week of the Furniture Fair and up to the end of May, there was a series of workshops open to the public at the Triennale Bovisa. The subjects of the work were taken from a series of key words extracted from Riccardo Dalisi’s Manifesto: invention – change – craftwork – minute production runs – micro-productions – sustainability – reflection – experimentation – humble materials – contaminations – humankind – machine – thoughts – action – design – theatre.
The common theme of all the workshops was that of generating infinite ‘collections’. A collection of collections: whistles, lamps, minimal living spaces, shoes, clothes, software, ... For the entire week of the Fair, the Triennale Bovisa became the location of this theatre turned into a school (or this school turned into a theatre), a place open to the entire city, to the visitors, to students and to design professionals.

NABA and Friends go to Triennale. Clip by Pierluigi Anselmi (NABA design).



Luca Poncellini + Petra Tikulin (NABA Master Interior Design)
Doomes

Construction of multiple scale, geodetic domes.

Workshop

Made from paper, plastic, wood, bamboo. Working on a collection of domes that begin with a colossal geodetic dome for ants (10 centimetres in diameter), and arriving at a 10 metre large dome which will become the beating heart of the entire show.

12th, 13th, 14th of April h 2pm / 6pm

Ben Hughes (MA Industrial Design Central St. Martins)
Azzeccazzilla

Transform a sheet of A4 into phantasmagorical notebooks.

Workshop

Each year, tons and tons of flyers, handouts, posters, catalogues, books and magazines are produced for the Fair. How can all this wealth of paper (99.99% of which is destined to become waste) be transformed into useful (and beautiful) notebooks in which we can record our adventures at the 2010 Furniture Fair? A thousand different notebooks, all crying out to be collected.

13th of April h 2pm / 6pm, 17th of April h 10am / 1pm

Vered Zaykovsky (NABA Design)
Cold fusion

Create ‘plastic’ lampshades from cold, using Vinavil glue.

Workshop

How to produce a collection of plastic lampshades to be constructed in a workshop where it’s impossible to use ‘hot’ machines? And the answer is – Vinavil glue. An ingenious production system invented by Vered, thanks to which it is possible to become a craftsman in plastics.

12th of April h 10am / 1pm
13th of April h 2pm / 6pm
16th of April h 10am / 1pm and 2pm / 6pm
17th of April h 10am / 2pm
22nd of May h 2pm / 6pm
23rd of MAy h 2pm / 6pm

Andrea Costa + Ludovica Brigalli (NABA Design) Wallpaperx
Wallpaperx

Transform enormous vertical surfaces using Xerox copies + sticky tape

Workshop

A workshop where you can learn to build fantastical wall paper that will become, to begin with, the physical landscape of the exhibition itself. Just imagine a collection of your grandma’s wallpaper transported to the world of Facebook and Twitter...

8th, 9th of April h 2pm / 6pm

Jon Rogers + Mike Shorter + Pete Thomas + Elio Caccavale (School of Design, University of Dundee)
Apple Kart (sing. dock. draw.)

Transform singing and the voice into drawings (via iPhone + radio controlled toy car).

Workshop

Apple Karts are small machines that use the audio output from an iPhone for drawing. It will thus be possible to design your favourite song or ‘tell’ the Apple Kart what you want to draw (by singing).

15th of May h 2pm / 6pm

Michele Favale + Luca De Rosso (NABA Design + IUAV)
Informal Robot

Create robots built with recycled materials that can paint autonomously.

Workshop

Learn to build a working robot capable of painting as if it were a master of informal art. A mixture of Asger Jorn, the Lucio Fontana before the cuts, strange engines, paint brushes and electronic components. At the end of the workshop days, the most beautiful collections will be auctioned.

13th, 14th of April h 2pm / 6pm

Duilio Forte (Atelier Forte / NABA design)
Trabucco-catapulta

Build a catapult. That works. And play with it (without getting too hurt).

Workshop

A workshop where you can build a working catapult to be positioned opposite the entrance to the Bovisa Triennale. A machine for launching paint filled balloons to create an enormous jacksonpollock as big as a football pitch.

12th, 13th, 14th of April h 2pm / 6pm

Alessandro Guerriero + Emirjana Bici (NABA / Futurarium)
Spiritual clothes

Create non-clothes clothes aimed at representing oneself.

Workshop

A series of clothes that aim to represent ourselves and the rituals connected to their use, such as: working, talking, eating or just thinking. Some of these will only be designed; others built in extremely large format that will overwhelm the areas where they are exhibited. These are non-clothes clothes, of the more or less unusable sub-objects of both human beings and the system. These are stage clothes for a pretend decor. More than having a form, they have a proto-form, the simplest way of representing an idea, memory...these are clothes for meditating about ourselves... for organising a hypothetical liveable world....

13th, 14th of April h 2pm / 6pm

Ben Hughes (MA Industrial Design Central St. Martins)
Bags to Riches

Plastiform origami, beginning with a recycling operation

Workshop

Create origami beginning with a collection of used plastic carrier bags. Plastic + an iron = plastorigami.

13th of April h 2pm / 6pm
16th of April h 10am / 1pm

Paola Anziché
Soft Landscape

Create a net made of rubber bands

Workshop

A workshop where a spatial carpet will be woven using an unbelievable number of rubber bands. A special carpet that is not created for lying on the floor but which will float in mid-air, establishing a soft and unusual landscape in which to measure our uncertain footsteps.

from 14th to 19th of April h 2pm / 6pm (on 15th and 16th of Aprile also h 10am / 1pm)

Daniele Mancini (Prima Facoltà di Architettura “L. Quaroni”, Università La Sapienza)
Big Babol

For an inflatable world.

Workshop

A workshop as an introduction to inflatable structures. Simple, economic, with consistently impressive effects.

13th of Aprile h 2pm / 6pm

Pierluigi Anselmi (NABA Design)
Flip Flip

Create a flip-book

Workshop

Ninety-nine masterpieces from the history of cinema, transformed into a flip-book. How to condense ninety minutes in 100 stills, in an improbable exercise of transforming film images into a pocketsize memory (insomuch as it can be taken away in our trouser pockets).

14th of April h 10am / 1pm
15th of April h 10am / 1pm and 2pm / 6pm
16th of Aprile h 10am / 1pm 15th of May h 2pm / 6pm
16th of May h 2pm / 6pm

Line Christiansen (Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar)
T-shirt? My shirt!

Or, in other words, how to make a t-shirt/souvenir, learning how to use serigraphic frames.

Workshop

At the end of the route through a normal exhibition, you arrive at the bookshop where you can buy the catalogue or a t-shirt of the exhibition you’ve just visited. In this case, you can make the t-shirt yourself. A workshop where you can learn the three things you have to know about serigraphs and how to apply them to every possible support element small/medium/large/extra-large.

12th of April h 10am / 1pm
13th of April h 2pm / 6pm

Id-Lab (NABA Design)
Pin-o-rama. Un messaggio in una spilla

Pins for everyone (from all according to their capacity, to all according to their needs)

Workshop

And what about those who prefer a pin to a t-shirt? Pin Pin! The stated objective of producing 10,000 souvenir pins that are all different the one from the other. The largest production ever seen of different pins as a souvenir of the same event.

12th of April h 10am / 1pm
13th of April h 2pm / 6pm
16th of April h 10am / 1pm
9th of May h 3pm / 6pm
15th of May h 11am / 2pm

Julian Koshwitz (NABA Design)
Interactive editorial design

Interactive Editorial Design

Workshop

There are a lot of questions now arising with regard to recent changes to the press and the creation of new means of spreading information and for viewing it on the web, through mobile devices and e-readers. These questions are a challenge for designers of both the printed and interactive media. In this workshop, we will analyse both editorial design and interactive information design. We will try to provide a hybrid solution for newspapers and to question ourselves about how to improve the provision of online and multimedia content.

15th, 16th of April h 10am / 1pm and 2pm / 6pm
17th of April h 2pm / 6pm

Mariano Dallago (NABA Design)
Coffee and cigarettes

Build a pin-hole camera and develop the resultant negatives in coffee

Workshop

The entire photographic production process (building of a camera, hundreds of pictures, developing and printing), starting with a cigarette packet and a cup of coffee. No magic but just ingenuity. An unbelievable collection of cameras for survival in an increasingly digitalised world.

14th of April h 2pm / 6pm
15th, 16th of April h 10am / 1pm and 2pm / 6pm
8th of May h 2pm / 6pm
9th of May h 3pm / 6pm

Francesca Grazzini (NABA Fashion Design)
Happy waiting to you

Create carpets with a lenci cloth. Do you know what ‘lenci’ means? It’s an acronym of: “Ludus est nobis costanter industria” (play is our continuous form of research).

Workshop

A workshop where, working with felt and ‘lenci’ cloths, we will build a large carpet on which to offer visitors a moment of relaxation within the normal frenetic activity of the Fair. A carpet made from as many different pieces as there are visitors/ participants in the workshop.

12th of April h 10am / 1pm
13th, 14th of April h 2pm / 6pm
15th, 16th of April h 10am / 1pm

Giorgio Partesana + Alberto Massa (NABA Design)
Trendy Brandy

Build luminous, unidentified objects by mixing recycled plastic with basic electronics.

Workshop

The workshop will combine very simple electronic components with recycled plastic bags to create a series of luminous objects with a simple structure and a fascinating appearance.

13th, 14th, 17th of April h 2pm / 6pm
18th of April h 10am / 1pm

Luca Buttafava + Alessandro Confalonieri + Remo Ricchetti + Cecilia Pirovano (NABA Biennio Design Product)
Sense the Place

Luminous objects on an urban scale.

Workshop

Build small, luminous objects that will be distributed in the hottest areas of the city to establish a contact between the Bovisa base and the rest of the galaxy. Each luminous object will be accompanied by a photographic map of Milan to be reinterpreted and re-designed.

16th of April h 10am / 1pm and 2pm / 6pm

Natascia Fenoglio (NABA Design)
Be my Yoko Ono

Create fake food with silicone rubber as if you were in a Tokyo restaurant.

Workshop

Something that has always fascinated us in Japanese films and stories is the Japanese mania for perfectly reproducing every kind of food with mysterious rubber (to be used as a three dimensional menu). This workshop will teach precisely this oriental technique. What is the point? None at all. Why do it? To get ideas for a thousand possible uses.

12th of April h 11am / 1pm
13th of April h 5pm / 8pm
16th of April h 10am / 1pm and 2pm / 6pm
17th of April h 2pm / 6pm
8th of May h 2pm / 6pm
9th of May h 3pm / 6pm

Valeria Martignoni (NABA Design)
1 euro chindogu design

Create new, invented objects beginning with a ‘all at 1 euro’ type shop.

Workshop

The expression Chindogu was introduced by Kenji Kawakami, a Japanese visionary. It’s an authentic art form...of nothingness, or, rather, you need a lot of creativity to construct an object that is useful through its stupidity. For an object to be classified as Chindogu it must be: real, for daily use in various everyday problems but, above all, it must be absurd or uniquely strange.

13th, 14th of April h 2pm / 6pm

Stella Colaleo + Simone Muscolino (NABA Design)
Pillow Victim

Create elegant cushions and chairs made with bubble wrap and plastic bags

Workshop

The workshop aims to construct cushions using the Upcycle method or, in other words, using waste materials (in our case, plastic bags) for the production of useful objects. Making e a cushion beginning with materials destined for other uses offers the public an opportunity to create a fashion design object and will suggest how, through simple steps, it is possible to create even complex objects using everyday tools.

12th of April h 10am / 1pm
13th, 14th of April h 2pm / 6pm

Soup Studio Designer Associati (NABA Design)
The flight of the tile

Creative mosaics designed on tiles

Workshop

It’s said that the best thoughts come when meditating sitting in your bathroom...those brief moments of solitude when thoughts travel, run and escape.
Noting down these fleeting thoughts can be important and, doing it on the bathroom tiles can be amusing. Why not recreate a similar environment consisting of white enamelled tile bathroom walls where individual thoughts are fixed onto every single tile? One after the other, the drawings will put together a single creative mosaic that can, in turn, be the source of inspiration for those arriving and deciding to leave a trace of their thoughts on a tile.

15th of April 10am / 1pm and 2pm / 6pm
16t of April h 10am / 1pm

Alessandro Busseni + Joyce Bonafini (NABA Design)
Manifesto mon amour

Flyers, hand-outs, posters: welcome to the world of the serigraph.

Workshop

A frame, two frames, simple tools for putting your drawings and/or photos on silk and you are ready to print hundreds and thousands of copies on your preferred support element.
(warning: it causes addiction)

12th of April h 10am / 1pm
15th of April h 10am / 1pm and 2pm / 6pm
16th of April h 10am / 1pm

Luca Barello (NABA Design)
The unexpected guest

Build micro-rooms for animals and/or vegetables with gathered materials.

Workshop

Build structures for hosting visiting animals in preference to spontaneous plants (for resting or eating as food). To be placed in somewhat forgotten areas of a building, such as balconies or terraces. Using material collected in the home (left-over packaging, boxes, variously sized containers of different materials...) and dry assembly: cutting, fitting together, tying up, to make ‘micro-rooms’ to be added to your own homes.

17th of April h 2pm / 6pm

Luca Macrì (Làbora)
Fame

Or, in other words, presenting oneself in a completely new way.

Workshop

Participants will be projected into an imagined, already achieved success which will be the basis from which they will construct a new presence and will give life to their own particular device for communicating this.

13th, 14th of April h 2pm / 6pm

Sara Magnone (Naba)
Decorative raptus

Old things found in drawers. What can you do with them?

Workshop

Give new life to all those objects which, for some reason, seem to have gone out of fashion, are banal and lacking character. So, just as we change our clothes, we can give a new image to such objects, recovering them, according to taste, with different materials. A world of buttons, bottle-tops, sponges, drawing pins, paper, elastic bands, materials…

14th of April h 2pm / 6pm
15th of April h 10am / 1pm and 2pm / 6pm
19th of April h 10am / 1pm

Maria Pina Usai + Margherita Fenati (NABA Master Landscape Design)
The marvels of Milan

Imagine new [extra]ordinary landscapes in the city of Milan.

Workshop

Participants will imagine new opportunities for using the urban voids in the Milanese urban network, to suggest unusual solutions, real and dreamlike: new [extra]ordinary landscapes. A gigantic 2D map will be transformed into a three dimensional model from which ‘small stage sets’ will emerge for new, possible urban situations. A multimedia station will record the evolution of the public project in real time on the online blog.

14th of April h 10am / 1pm
15th of April h 10am / 1pm and 2pm / 6pm

Paolo Troilo (NABA Graphic Design e Art Direction)
Go motion

Create stop motion using Kreaton elements

Workshop

The workshop follows the philosophy of the Kreaton product – the first lamp that does not impose a pre-established design created by a single designer but rather offers the possibility for anyone to create infinite forms through the modular system of building blocks. During the workshop, it will be possible to assist in the production of two stop-motion films that will see the lamp and its elements as the protagonists. The public can assist on the open set and, over the space of 6 days, in the shooting, montage, finalising and presentation of the video.

from 8th to 19th of April h 2pm / 6pm (12th of April only h 10am / 1pm, 15th and 16th of April also h 10am / 1pm)

Ghigos (NABA Design)
Romanzi in divenire

Recuperate waste objects with which to create new ones

Workshop

Our homes describe us, how we were and how we might be: they are a mass of objects to which we grow attached and which become a part our history, unknowing actors in a nascent novel. Because an object is never just a means to an end, but is a symbol and a trace of different moods and loves. The animist house is a chest for these objects-treasures, it is the mental projection of a possible house, it is a fate that pursues and gives voice to the silent forms of things.

13th of April h 2pm / 6pm
15th, 17th of April h 10am / 1pm

Zach Weldy (Environmental Design School, Texas A&M)
Duct Tape Shoes

Learn how to make your own shoes: simple, beautiful and in step with time.

Duct Tape Shoes

A workshop where you can become a shoemaker and learn how to make beautiful shoes with sticky tape.

Antonio Piccirilli + Corrado Bove (NABA Design)
Peasant design

Workshop

The workshop aims, through the ancient methods of bare earth, to capture the cultural references, tools and regulations that characterise a design approach which is both responsible and correct with regard to the environment.

22nd, 23rd of May h 2pm / 6pm

Lorenza Branzi + Consuelo Redaelli
Street food

Street food, packaging, recycle…

Cibo da strada

Design/re-invent packaging for snacks from waste materials for the people arriving at the Bovisa Triennale!

8th of May h 3pm / 6pm 9th of May h 3pm / 6pm

Claudio Cetina (NABA)
E da mangiare che cosa c’è?

Workshop

Obviously we cannot think about a performance-show such like this without remembering the buffet (better late than never…)

22nd, 23rd of May h 2pm / 6pm

Riccardo Dalisi
Tin Compasses. Today, tomorrow and the future.

Transform tin into marvellous and imaginative pairs of compasses.

Workshop

Manipulate light materials (cardboard, blade, colours) to improvise through direct action: solutions that aerate the compasses (air ideas). In a search for fertile errors.

15th of April h 10am / 1pm and 2pm / 6pm

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Luciano Speranza (Istituto d'Arti Applicate e Design di Torino)
Sustainable mobility: not only cars

Reflections about mobility, eco-compatibility, semplicity, interactivity, utility...

Workshop

New sustainable ideas for the world of transportation: concepts, visions, innovative identities. The workshop introduces a reflection related to eco-sustainability and simplified integration of existing technology. The issue is somehow totally missing in the transportation design field, although it is quite explored in our everyday experiments.

Simplicity - Interactivity - Utility, those the workshop keywords.

15th of April h 10am / 1pm and 2pm / 6pm

Valeria Muteri + Bruna cortinovis (Id-Lab)
Babel

Crumpling paper

Workshop

How many ways are there to work with paper? Chose it, cut it, crumple it, paste it, rip it, embroidery it, model it and experiment with your own personal collection of towers. Every micro-Babel will build the quarters of the Babel we have always imagined: made of paper as a symbol of molteplicity. .

15th and 16th of May h 2pm / 6pm

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