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IL MODO ITALIANO: ITALIAN DESIGN AND AVANT-GARDE IN THE 20TH CENTURY
Giampiero Bosoni

Skira, 2006
Hardcover
399 pages
Fully illustrated, colour & b+w.
ISBN: 8876245375

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This survey work brings to light the 'philosophies' of design and the 'aesthetics' that found a strong and dialectical expression right through the last century in Italy, and that are at the root of the country's characteristic and lively cultural debate between art and design. Giampiero Bosoni discusses the emergence of a distinctive Italian style which succeeded - through a complex and hesitant process of industrial innovation and technological updating - in creating a synergy between artistic experimentation and innovative design. Il Modo Italiano sets out to offer a first overview of these links through an exploration of the different ways of seeing, interpreting, and representing industrial society in Italy on the part of the architects, artists, and designers who lived though its emergence, and who to some extent 'invented' it.

 

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