Driade was born in '68, some decades ago, in the same period as the trends that would have characterized the twentieth century: both the rigor of geometric and rational design and , on the other hand, the recovery of pop art and its influence on pop and radical design. Today, the "design landscape" is quite different, permeated as it is by the globalization and all- embracing digitization.
To understand Driade, you should visit its headquarters in Fossadello, near Piacenza.
I had been there often in the past but, I haven't come back for a long time. Seeing it again helped me to understand what it might be an "aesthetic laboratory" (as Driade likes to define itself) in these early twenty-first century. It would be useful to organize your path along the central hallway which goes through the building, a clear and rigorous sign, an architectural promenade on which offices and rooms, elegantly furnished, overlook. At the end of the walk you'll find a large room marked by high photographic panels representing the park of Würzburg castle, in Germany: a winter garden nestled in an endless time.
QEEBOO: IL DOLCE STIL NOVO
During the 14th century, a small group of young poets from Florence (Guido Cavalcanti, Guido Guinizzelli, Lapo Gianni, Dante Alighieri, Cino da Pistoia) were the first to stop the Middle Age with its dogmatic and useless theologies in order to talk about Love, about Women (which may have never even existed, just like Petrarca’s Laura), about their diversity from the Byzantines, becoming witnesses of a generation without a clear destiny… By inventing the Women, they also invented the New Men.
Dante, the Father, coined for them this magical name, which changed not only poetry but also the history of the world… As a matter of fact, all great things always come from little ones, apparently useless and redundant; from a title and sometimes by chance.
The Dolce Stil Novo of Design is founded on a figurative and narrative matrix, completely different from the one of the commercial markets, but maybe even more invasive than that, herald of a new feminine and masculine sensitivity: less testosterone, more irony, more simplicity. An innocent Design and therefore braver.