Made in Italy: Rethinking a Century of Italian Design

Editat de Grace Lees-Maffei, Kjetil Fallan
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Goods made or designed in Italy enjoy a profile which far outstrips the country's modest manufacturing output. Italy's glorious design heritage and reputation for style and innovation has 'added value' to products made in Italy. Since 1945, Italian design has commanded an increasing amount of attention from design journalists, critics and consumers. But is Italian design a victim of its own celebrity? Made in Italy brings together leading design historians to explore this question, discussing both the history and significance of design from Italy and its international influence. Addressing a wide range of Italian design fields, including car design, graphic design, industrial and interior design and ceramics, well-known designers such as Alberto Rosselli and Ettore Sottsass, Jr. and iconic brands such as Olivetti, Vespa and Alessi, the book explores the historical, cultural and social influences that shaped Italian design, and how these iconic designs have contributed to the modern canon of Italian-inspired goods.
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ISBN-13: 9780857853899
ISBN-10: 0857853899
Pagini: 344
Ilustrații: 100 bw illus
Dimensiuni: 169 x 244 x 15 mm
Greutate: 0.68 kg
Ediția: UK
Editura: Bloomsbury Publishing
Colecția Bloomsbury Academic
Locul publicării: London, United Kingdom


Gives Italian design, from the 1920s to the present, the critical analysis it needs and deserves, and there is no competing single volume treating the specific debates covered in the book

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Grace Lees-Maffei is reader in Design History and TVAD Research Group co-ordinator at the University of Hertfordshire and managing editor of the Journal of Design History. She is the editor of Writing Design: Words and Objects (Bloomsbury Academic, 2011) and Iconic Designs: 50 Stories about 50 Things (Bloomsbury Academic, 2014), and co-editor of The Design History Reader (Bloomsbury Academic, 2010). She is also author of Design at Home (2013).Kjetil Fallan is associate professor of Design History at the University of Oslo. He is the author of Design History: Understanding Theory and Method (Bloomsbury Academic, 2010) and the editor of Scandinavian Design: Alternative Histories (Bloomsbury Academic, 2012) and is also an editor of the Journal of Design History.


Introduction: The History of Italian Design, Kjetil Fallan, University of Oslo, Norway, and Grace Lees-Maffei, University of Hertfordshire, UK1. A Historiography of Italian Design, Maddalena Dalla Mura, Libera Università di Bolzano, Italy, and Carlo Vinti, Università degli Studi di Camerino, ItalyPART 1: ACTORS2. Ettore Sottsass and Critical Design in Italy, 1965-1985, Penny Sparke, Kingston University, UK3. Domes to Domus (or how Roberto Mango brought the geodesic dome to the home of Italian design), Jeffrey T. Schnapp, Harvard University, USA4. Tomás Maldonado and the Impact of the HfG Ulm in Italy, Raimonda Riccini, Università Iuav di Venezia, ItalyPART 2: CRAFTS5. Craft, Industry and Art: ISIA (1922-1943) and the Roots of Italian Design Education, Elena Dellapiana, Politecnico di Torino, Italy, and Daniela Prina, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium6. Manufactured Identities: Ceramics and the Making of (Made in) Italy, Lisa Hockemeyer, Politecnico di Milano, Italy, and Kingston University, UK7. Crafting a Design Counterculture: the Pastoral and the Primitive in Italian Radical Design, 1972-1976, Catharine Rossi, Kingston University, UKPART 3: SPACES8. Private Exhibitions: Galleries, Art and Interior Design, 1920-1960, Imma Forino, Politecnico di Milano, Italy9. Exhibiting Exhibitions: Designing and Displaying Fascism, Vanessa Rocco, Southern New Hampshire University, USA10. This Way to the Exit: The Re-Writing of the City through Graphic Design (1964-1989), Gabriele Oropallo, University of Oslo, NorwayPART 4: INDUSTRIES11. Designing a New Society: A Social History of Italian Car Design, Federico Paolini, Seconda Università degli Studi di Napoli, Italy12. Espresso by Design: The Creation of the Italian Coffee Machine, Jonathan Morris, University of Hertfordshire, UK13. Italian Fashion: The Metamorphosis of a Cultural Industry, Simona Segre Reinach, Università di Bologna, ItalyPART 5: MEDIATIONS14. Annus Mirabilis: 1954, Alberto Rosselli and the Institutionalization of Design Mediation, Kjetil Fallan, University of Oslo, Norway15. A Vehicle for 'Good Italians': User Design and the Vespa Clubs in Italy, Thomas Brandt, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway16. 'Made' in England? The Mediation of Alessi S.p.A., Grace Lees-Maffei, University of Hertfordshire, UKNotes on ContributorsList of IllustrationsBibliographyIndex


Made in Italy is an original attempt to address the issue of 'Rethinking a Century of Italian Design'.
Made in Italy investigates the celebrated history of industrial design in modern Italy. It examines what makes an object Italian in a world characterized by increasingly interconnected production, marketing, and consumption networks.The book does several things well: it describes the complex synthesis of regional, national, and international influences that have combined to affect how Italian design is understood; brings attention to the influence of craft on Italian design history; and offers an extensive, up-to-date bibliography. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-division undergraduates and above; general readers.
Made in Italy offers a multi-faceted picture of how the fiction of the nation has been edited and rewritten over the course of the 20th century in the service of yet another enduring fiction-one based on both the facts and myths of Italian design. This carefully curated collection of essays asks us to understand that the relationship between geography and design is, and was, never contained in a map but something far less stable-culture.