The project by Calvi Ceschia Viganò, in partnership with Nesite Interior, won the first prize in the initiative to renovate the areas reserved for artists in the Theatre during Milan Design Week.
The first phase of VIETATO L’INGRESSO, an initiative promoted by Show Bees and TAM Teatro Arcimboldi Milano and developed on the occasion of Fuorisalone 2021, has just ended with the announcement of the winning project. VIETATO L’INGRESSO, which inaugurated the reopening of the theatre to the general public, saw the redevelopment of the areas reserved for artists with the collaboration of several architectural firms and brands, called upon to rethink the concept of the dressing room, intended as the last private place of preparation and concentration before the debut. The initiative, which took 89 days of work, 350 professionals and craftsmen, 206 partner companies and 19 architectural firms, was enthusiastically received by the general public, with over 10,000 visitors during Milan Design Week.
Following the inauguration on the 4th September, voting was open throughout the month, with over 7,000 votes received, to decide the best among the projects, allowing the winning design team to redesign the Muti dressing room on the stage floor, dedicated to the conductor who inaugurated the opening of the Arcimboldi Theatre in 2002. First prize went to the Calvi Ceschia Viganò studio, which supervised the redevelopment of dressing room no. 3 in collaboration with its technical partner Nesite Interior. Thanks to the work of the craftsman and designer Simone Piva – an integral part of the company’s division – Nesite Interior was in fact responsible for the creation and supply of all the made-to-measure furnishing systems and the boiserie, both wall and ceiling. “We enthusiastically participated in VIETATO L’INGRESSO,” explain Nesite Interior, “sharing the strong message of inclusiveness that the initiative promotes. The prolonged moment of difficulty that the world of Art and Entertainment is experiencing is a condition that affects us all, and has pushed us to actively contribute to preserve the symbolic places where the magic of the theatre is born”.
The project, which is called “Diorama” because of its cosy and intimate aspect, is precious and naturally inspired: “We imagine the artists living in these spaces the dreamy reality of a “Diorama”, a miniature landscape, in which everyone can feel welcomed and cared for in his own intimacy”, comment Architects Marco Calvi, Gaetano Ceschia and Andrea Viganò, founders of the studio.
Characterized by a circular floor plan wrapped in cedar wood panelling, made by the company for the occasion, “the dressing room has a perfect shape as only a circle can have,” say the architects, “but it is deformed by corners and coloured niches where the mirror and make-up lights are located. The circular environment is enclosed by a wooden panelling characterised by concave pleating that creates chiaroscuro effects, while the floor is a blue wool carpet that also covers the walls and sofa up to the floors, giving softness and acoustic comfort. Finally, the entrance corridor is embellished with a Murano glass vase and only at the end reveals the dressing room space”. Textured surfaces and hidden corners invite visitors and artists to interact with the space, to be experienced with all the senses.
“We are very pleased that out of all the projects submitted, Diorama was the winner. Collaborating with the Calvi Ceschia Viganò studio on such a heartfelt initiative, also because of the strong message of communion and solidarity it proposes, was truly stimulating. We are sure that we will be able to realise the architects’ design idea for the Muti dressing room with the same immediacy of language,” Nesite Interior concluded.