Adolfo Natalini

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Superstudio & Radicals


The incredibly scarce, amazing, definitive Superstudio monograph, edited by Superstudio and The Moriyama Editors Studio, and published in Tokyo in 1982 by Japan Interior Inc. First and only edition of this huge, one of a kind book on one of the most influential radical architecture and design collectives to come out of 1960s Italy.

Beautifully designed and featuring a card dust-jacket cover designed by Japanese artist/designer Tadanori Yokoo, this dense volume covers Superstudio’s prolific work at the forefront of innovation in architecture and design throughout the 1960s and 1970s, from furniture, interiors, ideas for megastructures, films, photo-montages and the social organisation of cities, with their influence being seen everywhere from Koolhaas to Hadid. Eschewing modernism, Superstudio, along with Archizoom, helped usher in a new era of anti-design.
If design is merely an inducement to consume, then we must reject design; if architecture is merely the codifying of bourgeois model of ownership and society, then we must reject architecture; if architecture and town planning is merely the formalization of present unjust social divisions, then we must reject town planning and its cities. Until all design activities are aimed towards meeting primary needs. Until then, design must disappear. We can live without architecture.
Illustrated with six beautiful colour fold-outs on textured paper stock of Superstudio’s visionary photo-montages, and over 100 illustrations of architectural conceptions and interior design, along with several reprintings of manifestos and philosophical writings on architecture.
A very generous and collectable book!
Text in English and Japanese.

Founded in Florence in 1966, Superstudio challenged the modernist orthodoxy that architecture and technological advances could improve the world by creating alternative visions of the future in photo-montages, sketches, collages and films. The five members of Superstudio: Cristiano Toraldo di Francia, Gian Piero Frassinelli, Alessandro Magris, Roberto Magris and Adolfo Natalini-were equally pessimistic about politics and its ability to solve mounting social, cultural and environmental problems.

* Condition: Very Good (some light corner wear and light chipping to dust-jacket edges)  – All care is taken to provide accurate condition details of used books, photos available on request.

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SD (Space Design) no. 248, 1985
Special Feature: Adolfo Natalini


SD (Space Design): A monthly journal on Art and Architecture.
“SD” (Space Design) was founded in Japan in 1965; a comprehensive monthly magazine on architecture, urban problems and fine arts which was unique in the world and quickly became a leading, highly-esteemed journal of international modern design.

SD no. 248, May 1985

SPECIAL FEATURE: ADOLFO NATALINI 1979-1983

SPECIAL FEATURE: TERUAKI OHOSHI

SD is one of the finest journals dedicated to new design (architecture, furniture, interior, environmental, industrial…), becoming a collector’s item and much sought-after archival resource.

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Design Als Gegenstand (Design as an object)
Der Neue Glanz der Dinge

Design Als Gegenstand (Design as an object) was published in Germany in 1984 and showcases many of the leading contemporary/radical designers of the early 1980s and visually documents many great works seldom seen elsewhere.

Includes the work of Adolfo Natalini, Thomas S. Bley, Daniele Puppa, Franco Raggi, One Off, Studio Alchimia, Sacha Ketoff, Piero Castiglioni, Winfried Scheuer, Lux, Rouli Lecatsa, Borek Sipek, Paolo Deganello, Lapo Binazzi, Florian Borkenhagen · Harald Krischer, Javier Mariscal, Andrea Branzi, Studio Dada, David Palterer, Ettore Sottsas Jr, Bepi Maggiori, Marco Zanuso Jr., Antonia Astori De Ponti, Denys Santachiara, Juma Francisco,  Michele De Luchhi, Nemo, Paola Navone, Jasper Morrison, Zak Ark, Maurizio Corrado, Martine Bedin, Daniel Weil, Totem, Bellefast, Claus Böhmler, Rainer Krause, George James Sowden, Tom Lynham & Lee Curtis, Nathalie Du Pasquier, Jörg Ratzlaff, Dirk Staubert, Matteo Thun.

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Nuove intenzioni del Design
Giuseppe Berti (Ed.)

Lovely hardcover catalogue published by Ricerche Design Editore in Milan for an exhibition on radical Italian art and design held at Centro Comunicazioni Visive, sala Comunale delle Esposizioni, April – May 1982.

Features the work of Cinzia Ruggeri, Alessandro Mendini, Andrea Branzi, Riccardo Dalisi, Ugo La Pietra, Superstudio, Occhiomagico, Studio Alchimia, Franco Raggi, Adolfo Natalini, Ettore Sottsass, amongst others.

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