too many maestros / 巨匠多すぎ

April 24, 2010


2000 Italy

I have returned from Milano furniture fair last weekend, took 25 hours in total, through night train and Euro tunnel train in a car.  I had new pieces launched in a few places, but I am not sure if these commercial activities are going into the right direction altogether, or not.  I think, we, design industry, are in between realistic momentum and nostalgia for the bubbly time. Italian furniture industry has an unique problem as well – in article, Justin McGuirk is describing a kind of situation there – ‘no one under the age of 60 gets a look-in’.

These stamps depict a lot of famous pieces from Italy.  From top;

stamp 1:
‘Arco’ floor lamp by Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni for Flos, 1962
‘Carlton’ bookcase by Ettore Sottsass Jr., for Memphis, 1981
‘Cupola’ coffee maker by Aldo Rossi for Alessi, 1988
‘Breeze’ chair by Carlo Bartoli for Segis, 1995

stamp 2:
‘Le Tentazioni’ series chair by Mario Bellini for Cassina, 1973
‘Anna G’ anthropomorphic corkscrew by Alessandro Mendini for Alessi, 1994
‘Atollo’ table lamp by Vico Magistretti for O-Luce, 1977
‘Titania’ hanging lamp by Alberto Meda & Paolo Rizzatto for Luceplan, 1989

stamp 3:
‘Superleggera’ chair by Gio Ponti for Cassina, 1957
‘Sacco’ chair designed by Gatti Paolini Teodoro for Zanotta, 1969
‘Papillona’ floor lamp by Tobia Scarpa for Flos, 1977
‘Pasta set’ by Massimo Morozzi for Alessi, 1982;

stamp 4:
‘Luminator’ floor lamp by Pietro Chiesa for Fontana Arte, 1937
‘Boby’ trolley by Joe Colombo for Bieffeplast, 1970
‘Ghost’ chair by Cini Boeri & Tomu Katayanagi for Fiam, 1987
‘Quartetto’ sideboard by Lodovico Acerbis & Giotto Stoppino for Acerbis International, 1991

stamp 5:
‘I feltri’ series chair by Gaetano Pesce for Cassina, 1987
‘Mobil’ drawers by Antonio Citterio & Oliver Loew for Kartell, 1994
‘Sciangai’ clothes stand by De Pas D’Urbino Lomazzi for Zanotta, 1974
‘Tonietta’ chair by Enzo Mari for Zanotta, 1985

stamp 6:
‘Fourline’ chair by Marco Zanuso for Arflex, 1964
‘4825’ stool by Anna Castelli Ferrieri for Kartell, 1979
name unknown tableware by Bruno Munari
‘Tolomeo’ lamp by Michele De Lucchi & Giancarlo Fassina for Artemide, 1986



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