From 12 to 17 April 2016, during the Salone del Mobile in Milan, Atelier Clerici will host Offprint Library, a library that sells contemporary publications in the fields of design and architecture.
Offprint has selected 150 publications to stimulate a critical approach and reinforce the consideration of political, environmental and social issues in the process of design production.
Offprint library in Milano is also an open-source design project; the exhibition system was designed by Lukas Wegwerth, and staged for Offprint by Christiane Högner. The ensemble was conceived and built according to the OpenStructure design principle. The original project was a collaboration with the University of the Arts Berlin for „Graduale 13“exhibition by the Graduate School - with the support of Einstein Foundation Berlin.
Offprint operates chiefly as a non-profit, sharing the values of LUMA Foundation, motivated by the ideals of promoting invention and experimentation within the arts, environment, human rights, social engagement and beyond. Finding its full expression in the inter-disciplinary facility currently under construction in Arles, it aims to reconnect the arts with society, putting aside a market imperative for novelty, in favour of art-based projects with broader social concerns. Offprint at Atelier Clerici combines LUMA Foundation's interest for independent publishing and the impact of social design as a tool of development for Arles and region, which will give way, over the next 18 months to a number of ground-breaking projects.
A selection of publications can be purchased from this website directly from the Offprint publishers, and at the Atelier Clerici during the Design Week Milano from the 12th until the 17th April 2016.