When Indian Craftsmanship Meets Italian Design

This event offers both an introduction to, and a critical reading of, one of the most popular brands and concepts in the world. By opening the exhibition with a weaving installation, the curators have created a visual representation of the complex position women have occupied in Italian design—the tension between craft and design, the individual and collaborative creation. It is surprising that in the mid-1970s a second wave of Radical Design arose which saw the creation of the groups Alchimia (founded 1976) and Memphis (founded 1981). It is a key example of how 1960s design experimentation came out of innovation in plastics technology. Giulio Cappellini: Italian design worldwide is very well known, but sometimes it works too much on lifestyle. Although they are not producing furniture anymore, it had a big impact on furniture design of the 1990s and 2000s. I think we have to move back to the origins …