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Decoration : Tradition et Renouveau
Collection Connaissance des Arts

First printing of one of the heaviest hitters of Interior Design books, the enormous, lavishly illustrated “Decoration : Tradition et Renouveau” (Collection Connaissance des Arts) published in 1973 is without a doubt one of the most collectable of 1970’s design books.

This huge, prestigious, cloth-bound volume travels through some of the world’s most incredible domestic interiors of the period, including those of major architects, interior designers, fashion designers, art and antiquities collectors, and more, showcasing objets d’art, historical artifacts and furniture (from Pablo Picasso, Mies van der Rohe, Lucio Fontana, Nicola L, Cesar, Jean Dubuffet, Arman, Gae Aulenti, Marcel Breuer, Le Corbusier, Pierre Jeanneret, Enzo Mari, Pierre Paulin, Afra + Tobia Scarpa, Charles Eames, Joe Columbo, Verner Panton, Bruno Munari Afra Scarpa, Mario Bellini, Tom Wesselman, Sonia Delaunay, Man Ray) adorning decorated interiors ranging from “Tradition” (“a formula that allows one to integrate older items, furniture and artwork in a contemporary context”); “le Renouveau” (contemporary interiors of the 1970’s and “a section dedicated to design of the time offering a selection of the finest furniture, objects and accessories created by top designers”); and “l’Avant-garde” (displaying some of the most experimental, idiosyncratic, and forward-thinking interiors that bring together modern materiality, pop art and space design to create inspired interior living architectural spaces).
“How to reconcile antique furniture and contemporary structures? Can we adapt modern furniture within a traditionally inspired framework? This book, illustrated with beautiful photographs, mostly in color, reproducing the finest achievements of the great contemporary designers, responds to these questions.”
All texts in French.

A must-have for the interior design lover.

* Condition: Very Good (tight, clean fine copy throughout, original dustjacket with only minor wear, crease to front blank endpaper) – All care is taken to provide accurate condition details of used books, photos available on request.

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Provokationen. (Superstudio & Paola Navone covers)
Design Aus Italien

Beautiful over-sized book published on the occasion of a special exhibition in Lower Saxony and Bremen in 1982 entitled “Provokationen. Design Aus Italien : Ein Mythos Geht Neue Wege”.

Published more broadly as a softcover book in 1982, here is one of the very limited edition hardcover versions, produced in collaboration between the designers Andrea Branzi, Paola Navone, Mario Radice, Ettore Sottsass Jr. and Superstudio with Firma Abet Laminati in Turin, especially for the exhibition. Each of the limited hardcover copies is sandwiched between two pieces of actual laminate panels designed by the designers and produced by Abet Laminati.

This particular copy features the work of Superstudio (front cover laminate) and Paola Navone (back cover laminate).

A very collectable copy of an incredible, scarce, heavy Italian design book!

Handsomely designed and profusely illustrated throughout with large black and white examples of the work of  Enzo Mari, Sergio Asti, Gae Aulenti, Andrea Branzi, Superstudio, Achille and Piergiacomo Castiglioni, Marco Zanuso, Roberto Arioli, Ettore Stottsass Jr., Emma Schweinberger Gismondi, Angelo Mangiarotti, Mario Bellini, Gio Ponti, Martine Bendin, Daniela Puppa, Antonia Astori de Ponte, Franco Mirenzi, Joe Colombo, Ennio Lucini, Elio Martinelli, Sottsass Associates, Alessandro Mendini, Franco Raggi, Studio Alchimia, Gaetano Pesce, Franco Mello, Guido Drocco, Studio 65, UFO, Jonathan De Pas, Donato D’Urbino, Paolo Lomazzi, Aldo Rossi, Vico Magistretti, Achille Castiglioni, Sergio De Michiel, Paolo Nava, Mario Dell’Orto, Antonio Citterio, Anrea Bellosi, Richard Sapper, Bruno Munari, Anna Castelli Ferrieri, Giulietto Cacciari, Man Ray, Gigi Sabadin, Antonia Astori de Ponte, Mario Ceroli, Lucchino Oltrona Visconti, Michele De Lucchi, Michael Graves, Paolo Portoghesi, Stanley Tigerman, Oscar Tusquets, Robert Venturi, Kuzumasa Yamashita, and more.

And also the work of Gerrit T. Rietveld, Giuseppe Terragni, Alvar Aalto, Eileen Gray, Sonja Delaunay, Marcel Breuer, Karl Josef Jucker, Charles Rennis Mackintosh, Josef Hoffman in their original, influential forms, and their re-inventions by Alessandro Mendini and co.

* Condition: Very Good (bright, tight very good copy throughout – light wear only and bumping/yellowing to old laminate glue on spine) – All care is taken to provide accurate condition details of used books, photos available on request.

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Provokationen. (Ettore Sottsass covers)
Design Aus Italien



Beautiful over-sized book published on the occasion of a special exhibition in Lower Saxony and Bremen in 1982 entitled “Provokationen. Design Aus Italien : Ein Mythos Geht Neue Wege”.

Published more broadly as a softcover book in 1982, here is one of the very limited edition hardcover versions, produced in collaboration between the designers Andrea Branzi, Paola Navone, Mario Radice, Ettore Sottsass Jr. and Superstudio with Firma Abet Laminati in Turin, especially for the exhibition. Each of the limited hardcover copies is sandwiched between two pieces of actual laminate panels designed by the designers and produced by Abet Laminati.

This particular copy features the work of Ettore Sottsass Jr. (both front and back cover laminates).

A very collectable copy of an incredible, scarce, heavy Italian design book!

Handsomely designed and profusely illustrated throughout with large black and white examples of the work of  Enzo Mari, Sergio Asti, Gae Aulenti, Andrea Branzi, Superstudio, Achille and Piergiacomo Castiglioni, Marco Zanuso, Roberto Arioli, Ettore Stottsass Jr., Emma Schweinberger Gismondi, Angelo Mangiarotti, Mario Bellini, Gio Ponti, Martine Bendin, Daniela Puppa, Antonia Astori de Ponte, Franco Mirenzi, Joe Colombo, Ennio Lucini, Elio Martinelli, Sottsass Associates, Alessandro Mendini, Franco Raggi, Studio Alchimia, Gaetano Pesce, Franco Mello, Guido Drocco, Studio 65, UFO, Jonathan De Pas, Donato D’Urbino, Paolo Lomazzi, Aldo Rossi, Vico Magistretti, Achille Castiglioni, Sergio De Michiel, Paolo Nava, Mario Dell’Orto, Antonio Citterio, Anrea Bellosi, Richard Sapper, Bruno Munari, Anna Castelli Ferrieri, Giulietto Cacciari, Man Ray, Gigi Sabadin, Antonia Astori de Ponte, Mario Ceroli, Lucchino Oltrona Visconti, Michele De Lucchi, Michael Graves, Paolo Portoghesi, Stanley Tigerman, Oscar Tusquets, Robert Venturi, Kuzumasa Yamashita, and more.

And also the work of Gerrit T. Rietveld, Giuseppe Terragni, Alvar Aalto, Eileen Gray, Sonja Delaunay, Marcel Breuer, Karl Josef Jucker, Charles Rennis Mackintosh, Josef Hoffman in their original, influential forms, and their re-inventions by Alessandro Mendini and co.

* Condition: Very Good (bright, tight very good copy throughout – light wear only and bumping/yellowing to old laminate glue on spine) – All care is taken to provide accurate condition details of used books, photos available on request.

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The Italian Design: Descendants of Leonardo Da Vinci
by Mario Bellini , Andrea Branzi and Bruno Munari

One of the most incredible books on Italian design of the last century, this epic, long-out-of-print volume, published in Japan in 1988, is as visually encompassing in it’s design and visual content as it is invaluable as a resource of essays and profiles on the many artists and designers working in Italy from (roughly) the 1930’s to the late 1980’s.

With texts by none other than Mario Bellini, Andrea Branzi, and Bruno Munari, this heavy volume, co-ordinated by Fumio Shimizu and Studio Matteo Thun, is broken into “The First Generation” (Carlo Alessi, Bruno Munari, Gio Ponti, Carlo Scarpa, and many others); “The Second Generation” (Mario Bellini, Aldo Rossi, Alessandro Mendini, Enzo Mari, Ettore Sottsass, and many others); “The Third Generation” (Andrea Branzi, George J. Sowden, Ugo La Pietra, Paolo Deganello, and many others); “The Fourth Generation” (Alchimia, Aldo Cibic, Michele De Lucchi, Nathalie Du Pasquier, Matteo Thun, Alessio Sarri, and many others) – all with illustrated examples of their furniture, architecture, fashion, product design, interiors, etc. and profiles on each and every featured artist and designer. The names above are only the tip of the iceberg of the many amazing practices highlighted in this book, many of which are not easily found in any other publications on the subject.

Highly recommended and very scarce.

All texts are in both English and Japanese.

“Engaging Italian industry and culture in a single-minded and spontaneous project of national image building, Italy’s designers have produced a complete variety of forms–fashion, graphic arts and product and set design–with a unique international resonance. This volume explores Italian design of the last half-century, featuring the classic lines of the Vespa, Bruno Munari’s deconstruction of the common fork, the nostalgic appeal of Italo Marchioni’s ice cream cone and the sleek Minimalism of Alberto Meda’s 1987 “Light Light Chair,” among many other masterpieces. Paola Antonelli’s lively introduction provides an overview of Italy’s design culture; an essay by Giampiero Bosoni illuminates the design objects that are superbly reproduced in the volume’s plate section.”

* Condition: Very Good/Fine (tight, clean pages and binding, with original dust jacket, As New)  – All care is taken to provide accurate condition details of used books, photos available on request.

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