Alcova is an experimental prototype for an itinerant cultural institution in development by Space Caviar and Studio Vedèt. Currently operating as a roving platform for art and design across multiple sites in and around Milan, it activates forgotten locations and spaces of historical significance, temporarily recasting them as venues for performative activities.

During Fuorisalone 2019 Alcova will occupy two sites, both of which will be open to visitors for the duration of Design Week. Both will be intensely programmed for the event's duration with performances, exhibitions, talks, screenings and installations involving over a dozen partners from as many countries.

Alcova is located in the former panettone factory of Giovanni Cova & Co., north of Loreto, an ex-industrial space partly taken over by plants and vegetation, frozen in a state of poetic semi-abandonment.

Alcova Sassetti, organised in collaboration with Alice Stori Lichtenstein and Fondazione Kenta, will activate a former cashmere factory in Isola perfectly preserved in its original condition since the 1930s.

Together, these two sites will become a platform for designers, institutions, galleries and companies working at the avant-garde of themes such as contemporary living, design culture, materials and technological innovation.

Alcova was first launched in 2018, when the exhibition was visited by over 40,000 people over six days of Salone.

Project team: Valentina Ciuffi, Joseph Grima, Alice Stori Liechtenstein (Alcova Sassetti) , Martina Muzi, Matteo Maggi, Andrea Guarinoni, Georgia Cranstoun, Lola Sackville-West.

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9-14 April 2019
11 am - 7 pm
Via Popoli Uniti 11-13

Alcova Sassetti
9-14 April 2019
11 am - 7 pm
Via Sassetti 31