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Memphis Milano

Original Memphis Milano leporello fold-out poster/catalogue from around 1986, showcasing all the iconic chairs, tables, lamps, lights, shelves, ceramic and porcelain wares, glass ware, tapestries, and much more by Ettore Sottsass, Michele de Lucchi, Nathalie du Pasquier, Andrea Branzi, Marco Zanini, Aldo Cibic, George J. Sowden, Martine Bedin, Peter Shire, Matteo Thun, Gerard Taylor, Shiro Kuramata, Michael Graves, Javier Mariscal, Maria Sanchez, Arquitectonica, Masanori Umeda and more. All listed across 14 pages with colour photography and titles/specs for each piece – all texts in English and Italian. Works spanning all of the 1980s for Memphis.

* Condition: Good-Very Good (some light corner wear, small pin holes to corners from previous hanging) – 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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Design Now: Industry or Art?
by Volker Fischer, Volker Albus, Jochen Gros, Matteo Thun

Published by Prestel Munich, in 1989, this wonderful, richly illustrated and stylishly designed book covers the entire range of design in the late 1980’s and it’s predecessors. With sections dedicated to themes and subjects such as Exemplars; High Tech; Trans High Tech; Alchimia/Memphis; Post-Modernism; Minimalism; Archetypes; plus dense profile chapters on Dieter Rams, Stefan Wewerka and Holger Scheel; and essay sections from Matteo Thun (“Neo-Baroque Yardsticks”; “Micro-Architecture”; “Banal Design”), Volker Albus (“Rolex and Manhattan: Skyscraper Symbolism in Advertising”) and Jochen Gros (“Small but Sophisticated: Microelectronics and Design”). Featuring fantastic photo-documentation and archival imagery of some of the finest and most radical design-objects of the period, including work by Frank Gehry, Hans Hollien, Michael Graves, Robert Venturi, Norbert Berghof, Aldo Rossi, Zeus, Shiro Kuramata, Philippe Starck, Dakota Jackson, Stanley Tigerman, Marcus Brotsch, Jorg Hieronymous, Michael Matuschka, Stefan Ambrozus, Michele De Lucchi, Ettore Sottsass, Ron Arad, Gaetano Pesce, George J. Sowden, Peter Shire, Martine Bedin, Carla Ceccariglia, Alessandro Mendini, Bruno Gregori, Ingo Maurer, Till Lesser, Gerard Kuijpers, Mario Botta, Jean-Marc da Costa, Piero Vendruscolo, Heide Warlamis, Robert A.M. Stern, Robert and Trix Hausmann, Stanley Tigerman, Margaret McCurry, Steven Holl, Danilo Silvestrin, Dieter Rams, Stefan Wewerka, Daniel Weil, Holger Scheel, Matteo Thun, SITE, and so many more, this generous publication is a must for any enthusiast of design from this period.

Edited by Volker Fischer, deputy director of the German Architecture Museum, Frankfurt.

* Condition: As new and unread condition (fresh from original factory seal) – All care is taken to provide accurate condition details of used books, photos available on request.

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