Lounge area sponsored by Illy at Biennale di Venezia 2003

Arsenale di Venezia
15 June – 2 November 2003

The well known company Illy Caffè has sponsored some lounge areas along the site of Arsenale in the Venice Biennale. These areas have been inspired by the typical Italian culture of resting and taking coffee. Cliostraat, the firm in charge, has involved us in developing the concept: we simply transformed the famous red square logo of Illy Caffè in something habitable.

Project by: Alessandra Raso, Alessandra Esposito, Cristina Casula, Stefano Mirti, Matteo Pastore, Luca Poncellini, Matteo Raso, Stefano Testa (CLIOSTRAAT) with: Marguerite Kahrl, Daniele Mancini (UNPACKED), Eyal Fried.


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UNPACKED is an agile and fresh Office supporting a wide range of creative activities. Mainly is a common ground for speculations over cross-fertilizing projects involving diverse disciplines including art, architecture, urban planning, photography, design, business innovation, teaching, communication and more.

UNPACKED unveils the opportunities hidden into the folds of obvious and banal, through architectures, installations, exhibitions, performances, workshops, various experiments of communication and relational design, instant and spontaneous playgrounds, experments inbetween digital and analog.

The office based in Rome started in January 2005 thanks to the Young Entrepreneurs European funds “Sviluppo Italia” and is currently driven by Daniele Mancini and Irene Rinaldi, both architects and educators