Mario Asnago & Claudio Vender, Sala di soggiorno alla Triennale, Milano, 1933

Mario Asnago & Claudio Vender, Sala di soggiorno alla Triennale, Milano, 1933

Mario Asnago & Claudio Vender, Sala di soggiorno alla Triennale, Milano, 1933

Both Mario and Claudio obtained the Bologna Institute of Bellle Arti Architecture Certification in 1922. The perfect harmony and lasting union between Asnago and Vender begin in 1923, with the participation in the competition for the monument to fallen soldiers of Como. In 1928, after having obtained the qualification to practise the architect profession, they decided to open together the Studio Asnago-Vender Architetti in Milan. They attended the V Triennale in 1933, where they were exhibiting different works and made this interior. But mostly they were involved in town planning architecture as f.e. schools. The slender structure represents the architectural philosophy of this two designers: surfaces are wide, but spaced out with empty spaces. The discreet presence of materials, which doesn´t subtract a lightness, characterizing their interiors. In 1971 Vender, after Asnago’s retirement, continued the activity with his sons Mario and Mario Moganti.

This living room was set up in the Exhibition of Modern Environments in the V Triennale 1933. The living room contents a low dresser made from a light wood (walnut and maple). The dresser has some parts which are circular in shape and they are protruding a little bit from the rest of the surface. On the top of the dresser is a long mirror, which makes the room look bigger. A circular table is made from a light wood and is surrounded by a sober upholstered chair and a sofa. The chair and also the sofa are covered by a neutral cream fabric with a straight pattern. The backrest of the sofa is carved out in a geometric shapes. The floor is made also from a light wood, which contributes to split the light in the room and make it brighter. The light curtains are covering a big circular window and the entrance, which is on the top circular too. Two ceiling glass lamps completing the space of the interior. The presence of geometric ornaments doesn´t disturb the lightness and simplicity of the room “together the contrast contributes better definition.

Mario Asnago (Barlassina (MI) 03.25.1896 – Monza 01.28.1981)/Claudio Vender (Milano 03.20.1904 – Saronnno 09.23.1986)






Reviewed by :

Rémi Farwati, Elena Giannitsopoulos, Nadir Bouchene, Adela Plasilova, March 2017