too many maestros / 巨匠多すぎ

April 24, 2010

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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 Guardian.co.uk 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

ミラノでの家具見本市の2日目にアイスランドで火山が噴火し、飛行機が飛ばなくなったので、夜行列車とユーロトンネルを抜ける車で25時間かけて帰宅しました。今年は2社から新作が出たのですが、正直、デザイン業界が全体として向かっている方向がこれでいいのか、考えこんでしまいます。真摯に向きあうべき資源や環境の現実と、デザインバブルに浮き足立った過去への郷愁の間で、どう進むべきなのか探しあぐねている感じ。

イタリア家具界には、別の問題も存在し、、。ガーディアンの記者が「巨匠の作品の展示は楽しんだけど、イタリアでは60歳以下では見向きもされない現実って?」とサローネの記事をしめくくっていたのが印象的でした。まぁ、正確には60才以下で活躍してる人もたくさんいますが、この6枚の切手からも伺えるように、たしかにイタリアは巨匠の宝庫です。1枚に4人入れたけれどこのセットだけではカバーしきれず、翌年にもう6枚のセットが出ているのですが、そちらは切手としてのデザインがさらにダサくなったので、ここに載せるのをためらっています。

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