Like the Dadaists of the early 1900s, Binazzi and his colleagues proposed experiential alternatives to the norm. This blending of classic Venetian glass manufacture with the modernist design sensibility of architect Carlo Scarpa represents the link between old and new. Schiaperelli’s focus on surrealism is a key difference between the two design legends. Built as part of a fascist complex under Benito Mussolini, it has recently been repurposed as the headquarters of Italian luxury brand Fendi, and their fur atelier. Graduating with a degree in Architecture in 1921 from the Politecnico di Milano University, Ponti went on to work simultaneously as an architect and industrial designer. Seamlessly incorporating classical ideas with fresh global influences, J&V Italian Design entices designers and design aficionados alike. Historian and author Dr Grace Lees-Maffei unpicks Italy’s rich design history through 15 key objects.
What: The unveiling of Contents’ showroom remodel, which features a 1,000-square-foot Italian apartment highlighting the country’s contemporary design trends, as well as a design presentation, artist demonstration, door prizes, wine tasting and nibbles.
Giorgio Armani S.p.A. is an Italian fashion house founded by Giorgio Armani which designs, manufactures, distributes and retails haute couture, ready-to-wear, leather goods, shoes, watches, jewelry, accessories, eyewear, cosmetics and home interiors.
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 of Italian design in the 50s and 60s – doing beautiful and useful objects.
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.