Milan Design Week 2023

STILL NOW. The Dinner

by Felicia Ferrone
Milan Design Week 2023 - Salone del Mobile 2023

STILL NOW. The Dinner features Felicia Ferrone’s iconic glassware collections within an imaginative interpretation of a dinner where inspirations from Renaissance banquets, still life paintings of the 1600s, and contemporary art references come together to explore themes of memory, emotion, and sustainability.

STILL NOW. The Dinner at Villa Mirabella unfolds in a monochromatic installation where everyday objects, enveloped in the iconic ultramarine hue, are distilled down to the essence of their form. Ferrone's glassware creations, contemporary in design, often characterized by some as reminiscent of the past and to others seen as futuristic, emerge from the monochromatic landscape in dialogue, proposing new ways of being through recontextualization and contemporization.

These objects from the early part of the 20th century - found in flea markets and secondhand shops - capture what the designer refers to as ‘Neo-Grannyism’ as an exploration of memory, form, and revalorization to emphasize how good design is a value that transcends obsolescence and our throwaway culture.

Ferrone illustrates how good design can rise above trends, extend the life of an object and give us a new perspective on sustainability while establishing more meaningful connections to our past and present.

This reflection on the assemblage of the objects collected inspired the designer to study still life paintings from the 1600s, which historically depicted glassware, vessels, and other everyday objects.


Milan Design Week Guides:

Press about STILL NOW. The Dinner


STILL NOW. The Dinner
Villa Mirabello

Press Requests:

Felicia Ferrone

Born in Chicago, Felicia Ferrone graduated with a degree in architecture from Miami University, Ohio, after which she moved to Milan. Ferrone’s expansive reach is informed by her early experience as an architect in Milan, where she was first taught to “blur” boundaries.

Jonathan Allen

Originally from Austin, Jonathan relocated to Chicago in 2011 to pursue photography in the design and architectural fields. His early training in computer science and mathematics has lead to an eye towards imagery that expresses precise composition and dynamic lighting.

A collaboration between photographer Jonathan Allen and designer Felicia Ferrone gave life to Ultramarinus: Memories of the future, a series of contemporary still life photographs.