Engaging Italian industry and culture in a single-minded and spontaneous project of national image building, Italy's designers have produced a complete variety of forms--fashion, graphic arts and product and set design--with a unique international resonance. This volume explores Italian design of the last half-century, featuring the classic lines of the Vespa, Bruno Munari's deconstruction of the common fork, the nostalgic appeal of Italo Marchioni's ice cream cone and the sleek Minimalism of Alberto Meda's 1987 "Light Light Chair," among many other masterpieces. Paola Antonelli's lively introduction provides an overview of Italy's design culture; an essay by Giampiero Bosoni illuminates the design objects that are superbly reproduced in the volume's plate section.
Giampiero Bosoni is an architect, curator and Associate Professor of Interior Architecture in the Faculty of Design at the Polytechnic University of Milan. He is the author of several surveys and monographs, including Il Modo Italiano: Italian Design and Avant-garde in the 20th Century and a monograph on Max Huber.
What people are saying - Write a review
We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.
1932 Marco Zanuso ABS plastic Achille Castiglioni Alberto Rosselli Alessandro Mendini aluminum architects Armchair Art Nouveau Artemide SpA artisanal artists Avant-garde born 1932 Marco Brionvega Bruno Munari Bugatti Carlo Casabella Cassina Castelli Castiglioni brothers century Cesare classical culture Danese Decorative Arts diam Domestic Landscape Enrico Enzo Mari Born established Ettore Sottsass Fiat Floor Lamp Flos SpA Fontana Franco Albini furniture Futurist Gaetano Pesce Gaetano Pesce Born Giampiero Bosoni Gift of Atelier Gino Colombini Gio Ponti Giorgio Giovanni Giuseppe Gruppo held in Milan industrial design lndustrial Design lnternational Exhibition ltalian design ltaly Gift ltaly's magazine Manufacturer Marcello Nizzoli Marco Zanuso Mario Bellini Mario Bellini Born Massimo metal Milan Modern Art Museum of Modern Olivetti Paolo Pier Giacomo Castiglioni Piero polyurethane foam postmodern production Purchase Fund Rationalist Richard Sapper Richard Sapper German Rob Beyer Roberto Sambonet Sarfatti schools Scuola Sergio Studio Table Lamp Terragni Triennale Umberto Vico Magistretti Vittorio