Ippolito Pestellini Laparelli is a partner at the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA). The studio looks at temporary, communal spaces for food preparation and consumption as a testing ground for alternative models of domestic institutions.
Together with Anna Puigjaner and Marina Otero Verzier, Ippolito is a tutor on ADS8: Domestic Institutions at the Royal College of Art. ADS8 will use Manifesta, the nomadic European Contemporary Art Biennial, as a cultural and spatio‐temporal framework.
Profile photograph by Fred Ernst, Courtesy of OMA
School, Centre or Area
Ippolito Pestellini Laparelli joined OMA in 2007 and is based in Rotterdam. A partner since 2014, Ippolito’s work at OMA/AMO has a focus on preservation, scenography, and curation. Projects led by Ippolito include the renovation of Kaufhaus des Westens (KaDeWe) in Berlin (ongoing); Panda, an exhibit for the 2016 Oslo Triennale; the transformation design of the 16th century Fondaco dei Tedeschi in Venice (2016); the design of Repossi’s flagship store on Place Vendôme in Paris (2016); Monditalia, a multi-disciplinary exhibition focused on Italy, at the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale; scenography for the Greek theater of Syracuse in Sicily (2012); and the co-curation of Cronocaos, OMA’s exhibition on preservation at the 2010 Venice Architectural Biennale. Ippolito is currently curating Manifesta’s 12th edition (2018) taking place in Palermo and has led OMA’s urban studies on the Sicilian city. Through collaborations with different brands including Repossi, Galleries Lafayette, Knoll, and Prada his activity extends to research, product design, temporary installations, and publications. Since 2010, Ippolito is responsible for a range of AMO projects with Prada, including the stage design for the brand’s fashion shows and special events, and the art direction of videos. He contributes to exhibition design for Fondazione Prada, with projects such as When Attitudes Become Form: 1969/2013 and Serial Classics (2015). Ippolito holds a Master of Architecture from the Politecnico di Milano.
Publications, exhibitions and other outcomes
Selected Essays & Articles:
Pestellini L. I. (2015) ‘Because the Night’ in Nightswimming: Discotheques from the 1960s to the present, a project by Giovanna Silva & Chiara Carpenter, Bedford Press.
Pestellini L. I. (2015) ‘The possibility of Abstinence’ in Tabula Plena, forms of urban preservation edited by Bryony Roberts, Lars Müller Publishers.
Pestellini L. I. (2015) ‘On Fondaco’ in Il Fondaco dei Tedeschi a Venezia: il restauro e riuso di un monumento veneziano, edited by Francesco dal Co and Elisabetta Molteni, Electa.
Pestellini L. I. (2016), ‘Club AMO’ in Flash Art International, Issue 311, November-December.
Full list of Ippolito’s publications, projects, exhibitions and press references at OMA.
External collaborations and other activities
Alongside his activities as partner at OMA, Ippolito is currently curating the 12th edition of Manifesta in Palermo, together with Dutch Film Maker Bregtje Van der Haak, Swiss contemporary art curator Mirjam Varanidis, and Spanish architect Andrés Jacques. Ippolito is also teaching the MSC2 research studio at TU Delft as part of the Complex Projects Chair.
He has been visiting lecturer in a number of insititutions, including: Fabrica Research Center (Treviso), The Berlage Insititute, (Delft), Politecnico di Milano (Milan), AHO (Oslo), La Maison de l’Architecture (Geneve), La Triennale di Milano (Milan), California State University (Florence), TU Delft (Delft), Westerdals ACT (Oslo), Strelka (Moscow), SADI Institute (Seoul), The MET (New York), KTH (Stockholm), Fondazione Querini Stampalia (Venice), Holon Design Museum (Holon), Centre Pompidou (Paris), Royal Academy of Arts (London), IE School of Design (London).