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Desiderabilia – About Desirable Things


Desire lies at the essence of every human existence and it defines the relationship between subjects and objects by generating a mutual recognition of individual identities.

Desiderabilia is a group exhibition with original works by 25 international designers that conceived their own personal “object of desire”. These objects are showed in a dreamlike “Wünschenkammer” setting, useful to stimulate a consideration about the concepts of pleasure and happiness.

Desiderabilia comes from a combination of two words, “desire” and “memorabilia”: twenty-five objects represent fantasies in virtual form, designed and visualised by young designers committed to producing strategic visions referring to the quality of life, design thinking and process design. This collection of “objects of desire” is the outcome of a request made by the curators to the designers, i.e. to think about their own “desiderabilia” and design it virtually using three-dimensional modelling programs.



The projects for the twenty-five “possible desires” were sent off to be produced using 3D printing equipment, standardizing their (automated) construction and eliminating any kind of craft or individual touches, preserving only the intimate and conceptual nature of the desire that generated them.

The abstract design of the object forced the designers not to worry about material but, rather, to focus on the idea: the result is an ideal collection of prototypes that find their place in an oneiric setting “room of desires” where the intangible substance of dreams can be recognised and we can identify ourselves in the reciprocal possible relations between different yet constant identities.

45 kilo, Anton Alvarez, AUT + Chiara Onida, BCXSY, Julien Carretero, Matteo Cibic, Ciszak-Dalmas, Commonplace, Jean-Baptiste Fastrez, FormaFantasma, Tomáš Gabzdil Libertiny, Hilda Hellström, Pepe Heykoop, Kolk & Kusters, Lanzavecchia + Wai, Andrea Magnani, Philippe Malouin, Peter Marigold, Minale-Maeda, Mischer’Traxler, Liliana Ovalle, Lex Pott, Studio Besau-Marguerre, Poetic Lab, Giorgia Zanellato

LocationVentura Lambrate, Milan, Italy
ClientIN Residence