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The Hot House
Italian New Wave Design

Edited by Andrea Branzi, The Hot House was one of the finest books published to trace the history of Italy’s radical design studios from 1960 to the dawn of Memphis.  Through academic texts and profuse visual documentation of the work of Alessandro Mendini, Gaetano Pesce, Superstudio, Ettore Sottsass, Natalie Du Pasquier, UFO Group, Enzo Mari, Alchymia, Michele De Lucchi, 9999, Archizoom Associati, Mattheo Thun, Memphis, and many others.

* Condition: Good (general light shelf/reading wear, light warping to edges of some early pages, otherwise clean good copy throughout tightly bound) – All care is taken to provide accurate condition details of used books, photos available on request.

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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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79. Auktion
Italian Design Pieces from the Period 1951-1973


Fantastic and very informative, fully-illustrated auction catalogue from Galerie Wolkfgang Ketterer, 1984, for a major auction of “Italian Design Pieces from the Period 1951-1973”. Design editions, one-off prototypes, lamps, furniture by Archizoom, Gae Aulenti, Sergio Asti, Osvaldo Borsani, Giorgio Ceretti, Studio 65, Joe Colombo, Guido Drocco, Piero Gilardi, Paolo Lomazzi, Raymond Hains, Ugo La Pietra, Enzo Mari, Mario Mare, Luigi Massoni, Sergio Mazza, Ettore Sottsass, Franco Mello, Gaetano Pesce, Gio Ponti, Giuseppe Raimondi, G. Reggiani, Rudy Righi, Superstudio, Vinicio Vianello, Marco Zanuso, and many more for Arflex, Gufram, Artemide, Fontana Arte, Artluce, B.B.B., C&B, Flos, Habitat, Galleria Il Sestante, Kartell, Poltronova, Tecno, Totem, and many more. Well-known and long lost, very obscure works in this valuable catalogue, all items photographed (in black and white and colour), with production details and a blurb on each piece in both English and German.

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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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