With a Master of Architecture from the Politecnico di Milano, Ippolito Pestellini Laparelli joined Rem Koolhaas’s OMA in Rotterdam in the Netherlands in 2007.
Collaborating with brands such as Repossi, Galleries Lafayette, Knoll and Prada, his role encompasses research, product design, temporary installations and publications.
Since 2010, Ippolito has been responsible for a range of AMO (OMA’s think tank, research and design studio) projects with Prada, including the stage design for the brand’s fashion shows and special events and the art direction of videos. He became a partner of OMA/AMO in 2014.
“If you want to find a common thread to all the things I do with the team (OMA), it’s really about the idea of staging,” Ippolito told Pin-Up Magazine. “Even the architectural projects we did were about staging and turning architecture into a stage. Some of my first projects were mostly research and fashion shows. And from that many other things developed: architecture competitions, scenography, exhibitions. It grew more into a domain that’s probably neither OMA nor AMO, but basically related to the transition between architecture and other disciplines.”
Ippolito is currently helming the renovation of Kaufhaus des Westens (KaDeWe) in Berlin and curating the 12th edition of Manifesta in Palermo along Dutch film director Bregtje Van der Haak, Swiss contemporary art curator Mirjam Varanidis and Spanish architect Andrés Jacques.
Previous projects he has led include Panda, an exhibit for the 2016 Oslo Triennale; the transformation design of the 16th century Fondaco dei Tedeschi in Venice; the design of Repossi’s flagship store on Place Vendôme in Paris; Monditalia, a multi-disciplinary exhibition on Italy at the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale; scenography for the Greek theatre of Syracuse in Sicily; and the co-curation of Cronocaos, OMA’s exhibition on preservation at the 2010 Venice Architectural Biennale.Tags: architecture