Journals Higher Education



Published: 01 April 2015

304 Pages | 100 Illustrations, black & white

9.4 x 6.7 inches

ISBN: 9780719089404

Bookseller Code (06)

Crafting design in Italy

From post-war to postmodernism

Rossi Catharine

Published by Manchester University Press

  • Post-war Italian design is one of the most celebrated episodes in design history, yet there is an absence of in-depth critical attention
  • Craft was fundamental to the success of post-war Italian design, but it has been overlooked and excluded in the ample literature produced so far
  • It considers craft in innovative and inclusive ways: as a mode of production, a set of making traditions and a series of concepts, from amateur to luxury
  • Taps into the huge interest in craft; while a case study of post-war Italy, it provides a framework for thinking about design and craft's relationship in other contexts, even today
  • Reconsiders lauded figures and iconic objects such as Gio Ponti and his Superleggera chair, Ettore Sottsass and the Memphis group, and also brings to light unknown stories and subjects

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