Sustainable practice in retail design: new functions between matter and space

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Chiara Rubessi


This paper analyses a case study of retail design, Libreria Coop Ambasciatori, a project of interior design created in Bologna (Italy) in 2008 by Retail Design Studio (Venice). The purpose of the paper is to examine a project of retail exhibition design, its components, and the design choices as an example of sustainability and social responsibility in what is called ‘design practice’. In particular, this paper points out the relevance of the choice of the materials as conceptual practice for design; indeed, the considered case study aims to contribute to a preliminary discussion about relevant issues for the exploitation of the conceptual materiality of design, in both defining sustainable spaces and new directions in exhibition and interior design.

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Rubessi, Chiara. 2010. “Sustainable Practice in Retail design:: New Functions Between Matter and Space”. idea journal 10 (1):78-87.
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Author Biography

Chiara Rubessi, Université Stendhal-Grenoble

Chiara Rubessi is PhD student of Université Stendhal - Grenoble 3, UFr Lettres et arts. she obtained her Master’s Degree in Modern Literature from the University of pavia in “history and criticism of cinema”, and a further Master’s Degree specializing in Exhibition Design from the politecnico di Milano. she currently works as exhibit designer and collaborate with IDEA, Italian Association for Exhibition Designer. she then collaborated with Department of progettazione dell’Architettura (DpA), politecnico di Milano. Among other initiatives, she is designer for art exhibition “Edward hopper” at Foundation Rome Museum (February-June, 2010). research interests concern museum and exhibition design, museography, cinema and architecture, spatial practices, social and cultural anthropology, contemporary art and aesthetics. she was editor of www., a web platform for Interior studies.