Twenty white flags designed by twenty young Italian designers are flying at the Triennale di Milano as a sign of surrender to modern utopias, for the exhibition entitled White Flag. The first White Flag exhibition was conceived for the London Design Biennale 2016, Utopia by Design, to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the publication of Thomas More's classic Utopia (1516).

The white flag is at the centre of the project, curated by Silvana Annicchiarico and Giorgio Camuffo, as a metaphor for utopia and a vehicle for a symbolic message: the value of truce, of surrender, no longer intended as an act of construction but rather of deconstruction. Twenty Italian designers were invited to the exhibition - including Matteo Cibic; Francesca Lanzavecchia (Lanzavecchia + Wai); Lucia Massari - to reflect on the theme of the “white flag” and create an object symbolising utopia and exchange.

For this event, CamuffoLab created a large exhibition wall that graphically represents the myths and conflicts of the contemporary world, such as technology, artificial intelligence and globalisation. Lastly, CamuffoLab designed a geographical map that forms the backdrop to this installation in the making, revealing a design landscape that is a sort of offertory generated during the time of the truce.

Client: Triennale Milano

Curated by: Silvana Annicchiarico

Photos: Gianluca Di Ioia

Team: Sebastiano Calgaro / Enrico Zampieri