The new Abet Laminati Museum, opened in Bra on 8 June, tells the history of a company that embodies the history of Italian design (and more besides)
Created from the desire to present a world-unique set of projects and interpretations of what Gio Ponti, in referring to laminates, defined as “an extraordinary material for architecture formulated by man”, the Abet Laminati Museum is both a place of information and documentation and an exhibition and conceptual space in constant metamorphosis.
In a somewhat symbolic gesture, the Museum was created within the beating heart of the company, precisely above one of the large production chain presses: image and structure thus complete each other in turn, reflecting the essential Abet Laminati philosophy as expressed in the nature of the laminate itself. The Museum , designed by the architect Matteo Scalise, is externally covered by digitally printed MEG , in shades of soft blue-green reminiscent of an ideal, abstract landscape. The interior extends over more than 600 square metres, and is divided into two rooms, connected by a footbridge, presenting a graphic display of the design and production evolutions of Abet Laminati. The current collection includes 137 works created from the 1960s to date, some of which are unique pieces.
The Museum can be visited subject to booking, and over time will host new laminate creations, recording future expressions of Italian and international design.