Luca Nichetto and Mingardo collaborate to raise funds for cancer
A Flame for Research: Ten Candleholders to Fight Cancer by Mingardo
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Luca Nichetto and Mingardo collaborate to raise funds for cancer

'A Flame for Research' sees Mingardo seek ten internationally acclaimed designers to support the cause

by Luca Nichetto
Published on : Sep 09, 2021

With over fifty years of expertise in metalworking, Mingardo, an Italian design and craftsmanship brand, will participate in the fight against cancer with 'A Flame for Research' a fundraising initiative in support of the Mario Negri Pharmacological Research Institute IRCCS. On display are a collection of unique pieces by Federica Biasi, Michele De Lucchi, Jaime Hayon, Philippe Malouin, Alberto e Francesco Meda, Luca Nichetto, Panter & Tourron, Matteo Thun, Patricia Urquiola, Marcel Wanders studio. The ten candle holders will be auctioned in a charity event organized in collaboration with Christie's Italia, the proceeds of which will be entirely donated to the Mario Negri Pharmacological Research Institute IRCCS, concretely implementing the scientific research against cancer.

The idea was envisioned by Daniele Mingardo, head of the homonymous metal carpentry, following a personal experience: "In 2013, my mother left us because of pancreatic cancer. She used to work here at the workshop, alongside my father and me. It was a few years ago, and now I finally have the chance to do something meaningful for someone, just as I would have appreciated if this had happened to my mother. And I am willing to make a concrete gesture by doing what I do best: being a blacksmith," he says. 

How is it possible to contribute to the fight against cancer in a tangible way, when your area of expertise does not involve scientific skills? The answer to this question is in the name of the project itself: “A flame for research”. This fundraiser was conceived as a flame to fuel the research fire and a symbol of hope.

Luca Nichetto: #FLLN — EDICOLA

Like small illuminated temples, unexpected discoveries on a street corner, the “edicole” are alcoves that house and protect the elements they contain. For Edicola, Luca Nichetto is inspired by the architectural structure of the urban landscape of ancient historical centers of cities such as Venice, which he uses to reinterpret design in a contemporary key. A tribute to Mingardo's uncontested metalworking savoir-faire, Edicola is a refined candlestick in stainless steel and iron. A pigmented and satin Ocean Blue paint interacts with the light of the candle, creating an intriguing play of reflections.

In September, on the occasion of the Milan Design Week, a numbered collection of candle holders will be showcased in an exhibition curated by Federica Sala, at Offstage, piazza Luigi Vittorio Bertarelli, 4.

From September 5th to the 10th open from 10 am to 6 pm.

Press reception on September 7th from 10 am to 1 pm.

Christie’s Auction will happen in the spaces of Marienco, via Ampola, 18 - Milanoon September 15th.

View the latest works, news, videos and installations by Italian designer Luca Nichetto on STIRpad

Also Read: UNSCRIPTED with Luca Nichetto: Tinkering with Glassy Memories

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