Common Sense

3rd – 27th of August, 2017

After a few months of hiatus, the Instituto Bardi / Casa de Vidro resumed its program of temporary exhibitions with the program “Primeira Pedra”, an initiative of Assimagra – Portuguese Association of Industrialists of Marbles, Granites and Related Branches along with the experimental design platform, which between 2016 and 2017, sought to explore and publicize the possibilities of using Portuguese stones – marble, granite, limestone, slate and schist in different contexts.

Designers and architects from the international scene accepted the challenge of exploring the material and creating projects guided by the themes: Resistance, Still Motion and Common Sense, composing exhibitions presented around the world.

The Glass House, the first work built by Lina and the residence of the Bardi couple for over 45 years, was chosen to host the avant-première of the Common Sense exhibition that brought together artists and designers from several countries, including Brazil, represented by Claudia Moreira Salles and the Campana Brothers. From Portugal, Fernando Brízio and Miguel Vieira Baptista. Jasper Morrison was the UK representative, Michael Anastassiades from Cyprus and Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec from France.

In all, 11 new pieces were produced for exhibition: the sideboard, by Fernando Brízio, uses the weight of marble to create a surface of tensioned polyester threads; the set of containers, created by Miguel Vieira Baptista, is inspired by Roman architectural ruins; Mestiço, a work by Humberto and Fernando Campana, reveals the hardness of marble in rings to the delicate decoration of a coconut fiber doormat; Alpinina, limestone bowl produced by Jasper Morrison, seems to float from the bold design of its base; Fontaine, a delicate water fountain created by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec; Forbidden Fruit, three containers in which Michael Anastasiades plays with the chromatic differences of marbles; Mancebo Angras, inverts the visuality of traditional young men by creating hooks from cutouts along the marble piece, and Bowl Compass, which mixes Portuguese limestone with Brazilian purple ipe wood, both projects by Claudia Moreira Salles.

With the exception of the project by the Bouroullec brothers, installed in Lina’s garden next to the water mirror designed by the architect, the pieces occupied the large hall, in dialogue with the Itaquera granite fireplace and the dining table in green jasper marble from Minas Gerais, designed by Lina. The exhibition was also exhibited at the MADE design fair, held at the Bienal de São Paulo Pavilion, later followed by the London Design Festival and NYC Design Week.

The program was continued in 2018 and 2019, with the projects “Mint Street”, “Expanded” and “A Bench For a Tower”