Johanna Grawunder, Christoph Hefti, Antoni Malinowski

1+1+1 2018

a project by Elena Quarestani
curated by Marco Sammicheli

Johanna Grawunder, Christoph Hefti, Antoni Malinowski

1+1+1 2018

a project by Elena Quarestani
curated by Marco Sammicheli

Sunday 8 April, at 5 PM

9 April – 1 June
Tuesday to Friday, from 3 PM to 7 PM

Art night: Saturday 14 April, 8 PM – 00.00
Sunday 15 April, 3 PM – 8 PM
Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 April, 3 PM – 8 PM

Press release

Johanna Grawunder + Christoph Hefti + Antoni Malinowski

The second edition of 1+1+1, a project by Elena Quarestani and curated by Marco Sammicheli, continues to explore the relationship between art, architecture and design in the works of three different authors. An architect, an artist and a designer have been invited to make new, site specific installations in the exhibition halls of Assab One. The different codes and references of each particular discipline dissolve and converge in pursuit of creative visual search in painting and light, material and form, sound and performance.

Johanna Grawunder, American architect, constructs two large paths of light and co- lour into which the visitors can enter and wonder. Bright hanging constructions in di- verse material and the surrounding darkened space offer an experience of crossing between reality and vision. The title of her installation is Alone Together.

Christoph Hefti, Swiss designer, will install a surreal encampment where carpets, ceramics and other objects create a place of chance encounter between the imagination of the author and the reaction of the visitors. An installation of a visual and tactile arcipelago, full of suggestive sounds. The title of his installation is That horse, slamming doors.

Antoni Malinowski, London based, Polish born painter alternates the selection of light sensitive paintings with light specific wall drawings. Malinowski’s work examines the dynamic of light and pigment interactions on the junction of the pictorial and architectural spaces. The title of his installation is Almost seen.

The three exhibitions will be on view from 9th April to 1st June, with related program of lectures, educational activities and special openings with guided tours.

*During the days of Milano Design Week Assab One will host a special project by students of ISIA of Faenza, coordinated by designer Andrea Anastasio.


Johanna Grawunder

Designer/artist Johanna Grawunder works on a broad range of projects, from large-scale public lighting and color installations, architectural interventions and interiors, to limited-edition furniture and light collections for Carpenters Workshop Gallery in US and Europe. She has collaborated with many notable architects and designers, creating custom lighting installations in their projects, and has also designed products for top companies including Flos, Boffi, and GlasItalia.
With an architectural background, she was drawn to the medium of light early on and has tried to incorporate architectural principles and scale, non-precious building materials and high technology light research into her designs. Current commissions include a public art commission for San Francisco Airport (completion 2019),  a new Light Art collection for Carpenters Workshop Gallery as well as the exhibition “Alone Together” for Assab One in Milan. Her work is included in many museum permanent collections, including the High Museum Atlanta, LACMA, CNAP, SFMOMA, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Art Institute Chicago, Denver Art Museum and Musée des Arts Décoratifs Paris.With a degree in Architecture from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, she studied and worked with Gianni Pettena and Cristiano Toraldo di Francia of Superstudio in Florence (1984-1985) then moved to Milan to work with Sottsass Associati (1985-2001), becoming a partner in 1989. At Sottsass Associati she was involved primarily with architecture and interiors, co-designing with Ettore Sottsass, many of the firm’s most prestigious projects.  In 2001 she opened her own design studio in San Francisco and Milan.

Christoph Hefti

Textile designer and artist Christoph Hefti, born in Switzerland, divides his time between Zurich, Paris, Stockholm and Brussels. After studying textile design in Zurich and fashion at Central Saint Martins in London, he started designing for Jean-Paul Gaultier in Paris and Dries Van Noten in Antwerp, where he spent 13 years as a creative assistant and was responsible for the printed fabrics, including research, design and development. On a freelance basis, Hefti designed for Lanvin and Balenciaga in Paris, and currently works on printed fabric projects for Acne Studios in Stockholm. Parallel to his career in fashion, Christoph Hefti creates video installations that are shown in art spaces all over Europe. In collaboration with other artists, he is also active in the field of the performing arts, where he combines music, costume design, video and live art. Hefti interweaves all these media seemingly effortlessly in a whole, consistent, creative universe.
Christoph Hefti is highly esteemed as a member of juries for competitions in Switzerland and abroad. He himself has been awarded several Swiss Design Awards. In 2009 he won the ‘Grand Prix Design’ for his multidisciplinary oeuvre.
Christoph Hefti’s love for crafted textiles has taken him to Nepal, where he designs and develops his own series of hand-knotted rugs. During his visits to Nepal, Christoph rediscovered the direct interaction between the designer and the craftsman and became fascinated by the use of traditional crafts in a contemporary context. He approaches the mystical and even spiritual tradition of storytelling textiles through his very personal yet worldly themes. The work of Christoph Hefti is part of the collection of the Swiss National Museum and private collections in Swit-zerland, the Netherlands and the US.

Antoni Malinowski

Antoni Malinowski is an artist who works with pigment, light, movement and time, investigating the dynamic relationship that exists between pictorial and architectural spaces. After studying painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw and furthering his studies at the Chelsea Collage of Art, Malinowski has established and based his practice in London. Since his first wall drawing installations in the mid 1980s Antoni Malinowski has been working in a variety of media including painting on canvas and walls, video, and drawing on often very large scale. Malinowki’s paintings have been exhibited internationally and are in many private and public collections including Tate, London. Following his major solo exhibition at the Camden Arts Centre, London in 1997 Antoni Malinowski spent several months as an Abbey Scholar at the British Shool at Rome researching the ancient Roman wall paintings. This triggered many collaborations with architects on permanent interventions in architecture. They range from engineering colour for facades to complex wall paintings and include Vermilion Wall painting spanning three floors at the Royal Court Theatre(2000), London and the façade and interior spaces of the Coin Street Community Centre(2007), London , both collaborations with Haworth Tompkins Architects; wall painting at the Luxor Theatre (2002), Rotterdam , collaboration with Bolles+Wilson Architects; Venetian glass mosaic( 2010)for the elevation on Maddox Street, London , collaboration with Eric Parry Architects. In 2013 Malinowski has completed wall and ceilings paintings at the HTA refurbished Chichester Festival Theatre and also the foyer ceiling paintings at the new Everyman Theatre, Liverpool designed by Haworth Tompkins – this won the 2014 Stirling Prize. Last year Malinowski completed a large commission for the foyer areas at the Rafael Viñoly designed Mathematical Institute, Oxford. “Spectral Flip” is a two part mural painted directly onto the south and the north facing walls, seemingly creating a luminous force field between them.

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