Inside the Homes and Workspaces of 8 Great Architects
It’s a cliche that architects have messy workspaces. From chaos comes creation, so the phrase goes. But an upcoming exhibition at this year’s Salone del Mobile intends to dispel the myth. Where Architects Live will present glimpses into the personal spaces of eight significant architects: Shigeru Ban, Mario Bellini, David Chipperfield, Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas, Zaha Hadid, Marcio Kogan, Daniel Libeskind and Bijoy Jain of Studio Mumbai.
1 • Shigeru Ban
…”The challenge,” Molteni writes, “was to avoid pulling down a single tree in the forest and to build a house around them.”
2 • The living room of Shigeru Ban’s Tokyo house
3 • Mario Bellini
…colorful abstract murals enliven the space and clash wonderfully with the home’s period details.
4 • The Italian architects Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas’ Parisian home is located in one of the city’s most celebrated public spaces, the Place des Vosges. The minimalist space is filled with original Jean Prouvé furniture, plus artworks that range, in Molteni’s description, “from Fontana to Paladino.”
5 • Daniel Libeskind
…Libeskind residence as a “refuge” from the hustle-and-bustle of Manhattan life. Relatively sparse, the brightly-lit apartment has a few Le Corbusier chairs, a coffee table, work desk, and not much else. That is, besides “books, books, and more books,” Molteni says.