Milan changes abruptly with the advent of two major seasonal occurrences: the Furniture Fair and Fashion Week. The two events – pertaining to the two worlds and creative environments of design and fashion – might seem far apart. But in reality they are surprisingly akin. Every year these two accelerators inject a potent charge of adrenalin into the city, in a grand preview of what may be the scene for the events, meetings and crowds of visitors expected at the Milan 2015 World Expo. On the eve of the Furniture Fair, the April and May issues of Domus are being published in the shape of an extra-ordinary editorial twin project that will simultaneously be exploring, analysing and commenting on design as well as fashion. With this operation, Domus intends to trigger a kind of topical short circuit in the subject of discussion, which for the next few weeks will be monopolised by design, by relating it to interesting considerations on the world of fashion. The structure of the magazine is revolutionised and cut lengthwise, with both issues hosting a part devoted to design and an Intersections consecrated to fashion. This will provide a continuation from one to the next by following a logically twisted thread as it unwinds through two instalments.
In this April issue, industry and design are subjected to questions and reflections. These will be followed up in May with a set of answers that will not be discursive and theoretical, but presented in the practical light of objects, finished products and concrete reactions. Also in this issue, the Intersections column features a number of socioanthropological considerations on the concepts of fashion and usage, as individual and collective modes of being. Conversely, in the twin May issue, the “vestimentary universe”, as Barthes called it, will be examined chiefly in terms of possible fashions, with a sharp focus on the topicality of trends. Objects worn, objects used. For these two months Domus is thus a crossing magazine in the literal sense of the term, where the concepts surveyed interrelate under the common denominator of creativity and against the background of a single international stage – Milan.