Postwar Italian Design was influenced by shortages and cost considerations that encouraged Italian designers to think of design as a vehicle for social change. Fascism accomplished a remarkable propagandistic effort and young Italian rationalist architects put it to use, but their vanguard work was in contrast with a market modern objects demand lack; so, talking about rationalist furniture, it is correct to say that it was at a sperimental stage yet.
The Italian design excitement and sperimentation found its peak in 60’s, when a great number of ordinary objects were produced. The focus of the movement was the design of surfaces and colourful surfaces, the multi-functionality instead of mono -functionality and the communicative aspect of the products. Joseph Muniz, of Signarama, takes a closer look at the window graphic he installed at Contents Interiors. Their side-brand Something Good — born out of an exhibition during Milan Design Week a couple of years ago — began as a dialogue between designer friends and craftsmen with the goal of investigating the juncture where technology and craft meet. Design became decent and a lot of manufacturers went back to serious, solid and exclusive creations.
Women in Italian Design was on view at the Triennale Design Museum The exhibition catalog is available through the Triennale Book Shop. Giulio Cappellini: No, but maybe when we established the Poltrona Frau group there was a moment of confusion between the three brands. When styles were developed in the 1920s (like the ones of the Bauhaus), design in Italy became famous at the end of the 40s.
We decided to design and produce, together with the Nike team, tailored textures that were applied as lampshades. After decades of masterfully producing exclusive wallcoverings for international brands, Jannelli & Volpi has launched J&V Italian Design, to unveil the unique J&V” perspective on Italian style. An Italian phenomenon in the late 1960s was that the gap between industrial production and experimental alternative designs was associated with some designers and manufacturers. Event is presented by the Theresa and Lawrence R. Inserra Chair in Italian and Italian American Studies, Department of Spanish and Italian, at Montclair State University.
Historian and author Dr Grace Lees-Maffei unpicks Italy’s rich design history by choosing 15 key objects and projects across architecture, fashion, automobiles and product design. And when I speak about Far East, I’m not speaking only about China, because for contemporary design China takes more time, but there are a lot of countries.