Ten Candleholders to fight Cancer

Mingardo supports the Mario Negri Pharmacological Research Institute with ten one-off pieces to be auctioned in collaboration with Christie’s.

Curated by Federica Sala

Sept 5 — 10 – 2021


  • Federica Biasi
  • Michele De Lucchi
  • Jaime Hayon
  • Philippe Malouin
  • Alberto and Francesco Meda
  • Luca Nichetto
  • Panter & Tourron
  • Matteo Thun
  • Patricia Urquiola
  • Marcel Wanders studio

Exhibition Catalogue

A Flame for Research is an exercise in design ethics, which starts from a personal thinking made by Daniele Mingardo, of the homonymous metal carpentry

Mingardo decided to transform a very deep consciousness into a collective project capable of attracting the creative energies of many different figures in the world of international design.
Both the designer Federica Biasi, current art director of the Mingardo brand, and the curator Federica Sala enthusiastically joined the cause, alongside Daniele Mingardo himself.

The team supported the making of a tool capable of showcasing the unique approach to research carried out by the Mario Negri Pharmacological Research Institute, which has gloriously sailed for years under the precious guidance of the esteemed Professor Giuseppe Remuzzi.
To express how research is first and foremost a source of hope.
A Flame for Research has identified in the symbol of fire – and therefore of the candleholder – the means to tell man’s tension in wanting to protect, rather than tame, the natural elements and, in this special case, life itself.

Instead of presenting the new collection of the eponymous brand Mingardo, Daniele decides
to transform his pain into a gesture of altruism and solidarity, inviting ten internationally renowned designers to design a candleholder.

The ten pieces, each one unique, will be auctioned by Christie’s and the proceeds from the sale will be entirely donated to the Institute of Pharmacological Research Mario Negri IRCCS.

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