Category: Italian Radical Design / Postmodernism

Design and Art of Modern Chairs

Incredibly rare Japanese publication from 1978, printed on the occasion of a major exhibition entitled “Design and Art of Modern Chairs”, August 19-October 15, at the National Museum of Art, Osaka. This wonderful landscape-formatted book is profusely illustrated throughout (in colour and black and white) with the chairs of designers and artists including Gerrit Rietveld, Isamu Kenmochi, Olivier Mourgue, Pierre Paulin, Sadamasa Motonaga, Mario Ceroli, Marcel Breuer, Studio 65, Le Corbusier, Pierre Jeanneret, Charlotte Perriand, Jan Dranger, Johan Huldt, Robert Haussman, Kwok Hoi Chan, Steen Østergaard, George Nakashima, Mies van der Rohe, Poul Kjaerholm, Eero Saarinen, Harry Bertoia, Charles Pollock, Aarne Jacobsen, Warren Platner, Roger Tallon, Verner Panton, Earo Aarnio, Bruno Mathsson, Motomi Kawakami, Marco Zanuso, Richard Sapper, Gerd Lange, Vico Magistretti, Alver Aalto, Jonathan de Pas, Paolo Lomazzi, Donato d’Urbino, Giorgio Decursu, Sori Yanagi, Reiko Tanabe-Murai, Wolfgang Mueller-Deisig, Stacy Dukes, Ettore Sottsass, Charles Eames, Hans J. Wegner, Franco Albini, Gio Ponti, Kaare Klint, Enzo Mari, Takeshi Nii, Achille Castiglioni, Achille and Piergiacomo Castiglioni, Tadashi Minohara, Gaetano Pesce, Yrjo Kukkapuro, Afra and Tobia Scarpa, Mario Bellini, Cini Boeri, Mario Marenco, Joe Colombo, Piero Gatti, Jonathan de Pas, Paolo Lomazzi, Donato d’Urbino, Ubald Klug, Gerrit Rietveld, Salvador Dali, Poltronova, Cassina, Taro Okamoto. Jiro Takamatsu, Susumu Koshimizu, Shiro Kuramata, Minoru Takeyama, Lucas Samaras, Kozo Mio, Arata Isozaki, Shigeo Fukuda, Takashi Sakaizawa, Constantin Brâncuși, Yoji Kuri, Yayoi Kusama, Vitra, Knoll, Kartell, Herman Miller, Arflex, BBB, Flexform, C&B Italia, Cassina, and many more.
Each chair included is detailed with a blurb in Japanese, data/specs of year, designer/artist, manufacture and dimensions. Also includes an illustrated timeline tracing a chronological history of the chairs exhibited, along with a production index and forward texts in English and Japanese. Forms an incredible index of important modern chair designs from the early 1930s – late 1970s.

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L’Arredamento Oggi


Another lavish interior design volume from Milan’s Gorlich Editore.
“L’Arredamento Oggi”, published in 1977, walks you through a collection of modern international furnished interiors, capturing 150 of the finest examples of interior architecture and decoration of the late 1970’s. Showcased across saturated full-colour pages are the designs and productions of Alvar Aalto, Ugo La Pietra, Pierre Jeanneret, Le Corbusier, Charlotte Perriand, Gaetano Pesce, Ettore Sottsass, Duggie Fields, Charles and Ray Eames, Joe Colombo, Gufram, Studio 65, Piero Gilardi, Eero Aarnio, Knoll, Verner Panton, Marcel Breuer, Mies van der Rohe, Robert Stern, Mario Ceroli, plus so many more.
First edition in dust jacket.

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Studio 65

The incredible, rarely seen Electa Studio 65 monograph!

In 1965 Studio 65 was founded by Franco Audrito and Piero Gatti, architecture and art students in Turin, at a time in Italy covering the 1960s and 1970s, where radical design groups were establishing an opposition to the pure functionalism of the International Style of design. Their ironic adaptation of classical elements predates the historicist designs of such 1980s postmodernists as Robert Venturi and Michael Graves in America and Hans Hollein, Ricardo Bofill, and Aldo Rossi in Europe, and it also takes note of pop art developments of the period in ways which in turn influenced visual artists of the time.
This valuable book encompasses their entire history of work, all densely illustrated in colour and black and white throughout with texts in both Italian and English discussing each project. Includes all their work across furniture design (including their iconic polyurethane foam pieces for Gufram, such as “Bocca” and “Capitello”), interior design, architecture, exhibition design, and much more. From designing discotheques to children’s playgrounds, much of the content in this book is undocumented elsewhere in print.
Alongside a complete biographical history, interviews and essays, this great book visually captures Studio 65’s place at the forefront of Italy’s radical anti-design movement, transforming furniture, jewellery, accessories, and even architecture itself into objects of fantasy.

First and only edition.

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Andrea Branzi
Il Dolce Stil Novo (della Casa)

Andrea Branzi “Il Dolce Stil Novo (della Casa)” was published in 1991 on the occasion of a very special exhibition featuring works by Lapo Binazzi, Denis Santachiara, Shiro Kuramata, Andrea Branzi, Ettore Sottsass Jr., Massimo Iosa Ghini, Remo Buti, George Sowden, and Borek Sipek. The book collects the reflections of this group of architects of different ages, cultures and backgrounds who were called upon to realize a group of domestic landscapes in the large empty rooms of Palazzo Strozzi Firenze. “Auto-biographical, poetic or theoretical reflections take the viewer and reader to the central point of the project in question: a person’s home. That is, our survival within the artistic universe that surrounds us, within the violence and the vulgarity of our times, in the expropriation and eradication of intrusive streams of information. Building a house for man means building a place and objects within it which make is possible to establish relationships not only of use and functionality, but also of a psychological, symbolic, and poetic nature. Holderlin said, “Man lives poetically,” which means the relationship that binds man to his nest is of a nature, literary, partly obscure, and symbolic.” – translated roughly from the Italian introduction by Andrea Branzi, 1990.
This very handsome book compiled by Branzi himself feels more like an artist’s book than an exhibition catalogue, beautifully reproducing intimate drawings, texts, conversations, photographs by the contributors, and printed in an edition of 1250 numbered copies. This copy is number stamped no. 830.

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