Cersaie 2017: Fabio Novembre is the lecturer at "Lezione alla rovescia"
Fabio Novembre, designer, architect and blogger, will be giving a lecture at 10.00 on Friday 29 September at the Europauditorium in the Palazzo dei Congressi. His predecessors at the Cersaie "Lezioni alla rovescia" (Backwards Lectures) have included masters of design such as Enzo Mari and Alessandro Mendini, as well as unconventional interactive events with Riccardo Dalisi, Riccardo Blumer, Massimo Giacon and Ugo La Pietra.
The appointment with Fabio Novembre is one of the key events in Cersaie's offering for its younger visitors, as part of the ‘Building, Dwelling, Thinking’ programme. Indeed, it is the young visitors who interview the eclectic "non-teacher" on the stage: higher education students from all around Emilia Romagna have the opportunity to interact directly with one of their favourite artists. The Backwards Lecture will be introduced by historian of architecture Fulvio Irace, lecturer at Milan Polytechnic.
Fabio Novembre was born in 1966 at Lecce. In 1984 he moved to Milan to study Architecture at the Polytechnic. In 1992 he moved to New York to study film directing at New York University. During this time, he met Anna Molinari who commissioned his first interior architecture project in 1994: the “Anna Molinari Blumarine” outlet at Hong Kong. That same year he retired to Milan to open his own studio.
He designs architecture and interiors for the largest international brands. He has worked with the most important Italian design companies, including Driade, Cappellini, Venini asnd Kartell, and has also developed showrooms, boutiques and interiors for international brands like Lavazza, Blumarine and Stuart Weitzman.
In 2008, Milan Municipality dedicated a large photographic exhibit to his work at the Rotonda in Via Besana, entitled: “Insegna anche a me la libertà delle rondini” (Teach me the freedom of the swallows).
In 2009 the Triennale Design Museum, Milan, invited him to conceive and curate a show about his work entitled: “Il fiore di Novembre” (The flower of Novembre), and in 2010 he designed and curated the installation representing Milan at the Shanghai Expo Italy Pavilion.
In 2011 he art directed the “Lavazza con te partirò” (Lavazza, I'll leave with you) exhibition at the Milano Triennalle Teatro dell'Arte to celebrate the twentieth anniversary of the company's Calendar, followed immediately by the Steve McCurry exhibition at MACRO Testaccio, Rome. The following year he designed the installation for the fifth edition of the Triennale Design Museum.
In 2014 he designed all the interiors for the new headquarters of Milan AC, and in 2015 he designed the Lavazza space at Expo Milan 2015.
In 2016, he designed the INTRO installation for the XXIst Milan Triennale.