Dates: April 14 – 19 2015
Location: Ventura Lambrate, Milan

The Piet Zwart Institute is pleased to announce their new exhibition, NEXT HABITAT presenting new work by international designers from the Master of Interior Architecture & Retail Design [MIARD] programme.

Image credit: Current Alchemy by Pawel Szubert and Julia Schostak, “In this proposal, electricity, a usually ephemeral phenomenon grows and crystallizes into a tangible artefact. A crystal,…turns into a raw material for consumption.”

The exhibition will be at Ventura Lambrate from April 14 – 19, 2015. This is the 6th edition of Ventura Lambrate, held during Milan Design Week and simultaneously with the Salone Internazionale del Mobile.

NEXT HABITAT presents visions of future habitation, holistic systems and artifacts. Collectively, the designers form a speculative scenario for living, addressing our relationship with resource, disposal, information, energy, light and life.

Either to adapt to cultural, environmental and technological changes, to cope with financial, social or political crisis, to hunt for basic necessities such as water and food, or simply yearn for a different place and community to live in – historically, humans have developed strategies to invent and modify their surroundings i.e. their habitat. These habitats distinguished themselves through a porous and linked “localize nature” of entities working together. Today, the majority of our built environment and its objects are static, wasteful, and disconnected to their immediate ecologies and local resources. The projects presented, explore and redefine interrelated elements of the spaces we inhabit – through the speculation and production of how we might live, more intelligently, ingeniously, and by thinking with systems rather than objects as an end in itself.

Centered on the concept of ‘systems for the habitat,’ the premise looks at connective networks to form new spatial synergies. Each proposal confronts and reimagines a pressing topic in contemporary culture.

Please join us for the Opening Reception on:
Wednesday April 15, 20:00 – 22:00 hrs
Ventura Lambrate, Academies.

To learn more about NEXT HABITAT visit:

Alexandra Bicheler, Alice Bonicelli, Federica Dellisanti, Wojciech Gawronski, Noor F.F. Istiani, Tinka Jongerius, Noah Matsumoto, Katka Prazakova, Julia Schostak, Pawel Szubert, Lorena Rubio Toledo

Alex Suárez (Program Director) Thomas Vailly (Thematic Design Project tutor), Füsun Türetken (Editor, History & Theory tutor), Daphne Heemskerk and Oliver Otten (Graphic & Website Design), Sander Boer (Technology, Video(s) tutor), Vanessa Tuitel (Project Coordination), Stephan Götz van der Vet (Exhibition Woodwork)

Tuesday April 14 – Sunday April 19 2015

General opening hours:
Tuesday until Saturday: 10:00 – 20:00 hrs.
Sunday: 10:00 – 18:00 hrs.

Ventura Academies, Ventura Lambrate
Intersection Via Dei Canzi 19 /Via Gaetano Crespi 24 Via Dei Canzi 19
20134 Milano, Italy

For more information, please contact:
Alex Suarez, Course director,
Vanessa Tuitel, Course Coordinator,