Magistrato Al Sal Nero Cabinet

Trent Jansen Studio, Venice Design Biennial and Vetralia Collectible

Magistrato Al Sal Nero Cabinet tells the fascinating story of salt’s impact on the development of Venetian society, and the complex link between this story and the modern-day repercussions of climate change and salt on the fabric of the city.

Magistrato Al Sal Nero Cabinet was designed as part of the Venice Design Biennial Residency, to embody this long history. The cabinet is built on an unstable foundation, a pillar of black salt, made from granulated Murano glass. The top of the cabinet appears to be an unsteady composition of Venetian roof tiles, made from Cirmolo, representing the increasing instability of the architecture that lines the Venetian canals.


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