Gian Piero Frassinelli

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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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Superstudio
Life Without Objects

As new, fine condition copy of the most definitive monograph published on the work of Superstudio! This title quickly became a collector’s item very shortly after it was printed in 2003.

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.

Superstudio: Life without Objects collects nearly 200 of the group’s most important images, collages, storyboards and critical writings. White monuments crossing over entire landscapes and cities, vast grid groundplanes spreading over infinite beaches populated by wandering hippies: these are some of the more evocative images that consolidated their fame as vanguard architects. In 1972, MoMA invited them to participate in one of the largest exhibitions in its history, built around Italian design and architecture. With essays from Peter Lang and William Menking, the book is designed to provide the reader with the most detailed account of this avant-garde design group and their lively assault on modernism.

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