Synopses & Reviews
Design in Italy, edited by Silvana Annicchiarico, is a richly illustrated chronology of 100 objects, from the post war period up to the present, which have marked and transformed the Italian way of life and modern culture. Ranging from the early mass-produced objects of the 1940s and 50s, through the rigorous modernism of the 60s and 70s, up to the formal experimentation of the 80s and 90s, we glimpse the Vespa and the Lambretta motor scooters, the Valentine typewriter and the Grillo telephone, the Blow chair and the Tizio lamp. Each object is presented with a technical description, one or more color photos and a historical/critical outline illustrating its formal, functional, technological and social importance. The result is a vast and fascinating panoramic view of one of the most important cultural and economic sectors of contemporary Italian society. A history of objects and languages, but also of designers and manufactures, aesthetics and technologies, in a marriage of absolute excellence and indisputable originality.