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Guillermo Santomà installs interventions in a 19th-century Madrid mansion

Presented at Madrid Design Festival, which took place between 1 and 28 February 2019, the temporary installation was located in the Spanish capital's Cerralbo Museum, a 19th-century mansion and former home of the 17th Marquis of Cerralbo. Intended to establish a "peculiar relationship with the permanent collection", the installation saw Santomà install site-specific spatial interventions to correspond with areas in the mansion. The juxtaposition between Santomà's contemporary interventions and their baroque surroundings was meant to initiate a "dialogue between the 19th and 21st centuries". "The exhibition constitutes a daring bet on contemporary design and the interpretation of historical spaces," said the museum, adding that the installation was "a personal reading of the museum" by Santomà. The Miami Couch, for example, was located in the museum's Chamfered Corner Room – an area originally intended for sitting and lounging. Consisting of a chaise lounge and a circular pouffe, the work is coated in a thick purple resin that appears to have been poured over the furniture to create a puddle-like mass that connects and surrounds both objects. From Dezeen: Read More