‘In Search of Lost Time’ is inspired by Marcel Proust’s acclaimed work by the same name, a 4,000 page novel which took over 13 years to finish. The novel is a somewhat autobiographical journey into introspection and self-reflection with the narrator constantly recalling and often lamenting his past choices and actions. The novel goes a long way into exploring the idea that our present and our future are a result of our past and that as much as we might not like to admit it, almost everything we do is influenced by our past decisions and actions.
In this same way, an artist’s work is a representation of themselves, of their past experiences and environments. Each artwork, each design; a coded and cryptic reflection of the artist.
The concepts explored in ‘In Search of Lost Time’, of self-reflection and time, allow us to question how important time is in design. Now and then, we hear of pieces which had little success when they were launched but became iconic pieces of design in later years. Perhaps they were designed for the wrong time period; perhaps they were not designed for any time period at all.
‘In Search of Lost Time’ is a selection of pieces designed today, no more than that, pieces which reflect the designers and tell a story about their past experiences.
‘In Search of Lost Time’ is an exhibition of 21st century design set within a backdrop of neo-classicalism; the stark contrast between the two ideas asking questions of time, perception and reflection.
The exhibition has been curated by Artefatto Design Studio and styled by Greta Cevenini for Movimento Club. From 17th to 25th September you can discover ‘In Search of Lost Time’ inside the stunning architecture of Villa Gallia, Como. To round off the week, Movimento, along with Lake Como Design Festival and Wonderlake will be organising the official finissage for the festival which will be held in the stunning courtyard of Villa Gallia which looks out onto the lake.