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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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Ettore Sottsass
Drawings over 4 decades / Zeichnungen aus 4 Jahrzehnten

Ettore Sottsass signed copy of this incredibly scarce, unique publication from 1990. “Ettore Sottsass : Drawings over 4 decades / Zeichnungen aus 4 Jahrzehnten” was published by Ikon Galerie fur Design-Zeichnungen (Frankfurt am Main), reproducing sketches for furniture, glass, ceramic, jewellery, lighting, interior and architectural projects by influential Italian architect and designer Ettore Sottsass (14 September 1917 – 31 December 2007), which are interspersed throughout the text design of this catalogue, which includes a lively interview by Rainer Krause with the artist (a founder of the highly influential Memphis group and Sottsass Associati, as well as designer with Alchimia, Alessi, Olivetti, Arredoluce, Poltronova, Fiorucci, Esprit, Knoll, and many others), text by fellow collaborator and architect/designer/artist Andrea Branzi, and Sottsass’s lengthy informal essay presenting his personal view of the sociological significance of the chair.

All texts are in both English and German, with interview also in Italian.

This special copy has been signed by the designer with “Sottsass” across the title page in black pen. A super collectable copy of this already very rare and special book on one of the world’s most influential designers and visionaries.

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Ettore Sottsass

Small French monograph on the life and work of Italian designer and architect, Ettore Sottsass. First Edition. Illustrated throughout in black and white and colour with his work across furniture, glass, ceramic, jewellery, lighting, interior and architectural projects. Ettore Sottsass (14 September 1917 – 31 December 2007) was a founder of the highly influential Memphis group and Sottsass Associati, as well as designer with Alchimia, Alessi, Olivetti, Arredoluce, Poltronova, Fiorucci, Esprit, Knoll, and many others. All texts in French.

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Ettore Sottsass (1987)
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