From reflections on space and power to monographs: Piero Lissoni, Charlotte Perriand and Giorgio Armani's flowers
At the beginning of autumn, five titles to immerse yourself in as many places and protagonists of international architecture and design. We begin with the almost philosophical reflections of Paola Viganò to move on to the "confidences" of Piero Lissoni who in (almost) 500 pages talks about himself and his creativity. And there is no shortage of the rigorous and poetic design of Giorgio Armani's flowers alongside the rediscovery of an icon of the twentieth century: Charlotte Perriand. Finally, a Milanese gem coming out at the end of the month.

1. The biopolitical garden. Spaces, lives and transition by Paola Viganò (Donzelli publisher, 35 euros)

We open the column with the reflection of the urban planner and architect Paola Viganò who, in this book, deals with the link between life and disciplines such as architecture and urban planning. She does so starting from the biopolitical theory of Michel Foucault and then focusing, chapter after chapter, on the relationship between space, life and power.

These are the three central elements - according to the author - of any research on the future when it comes to urban planning of cities. Because space, she says, is a collective capital. And planning, the essential agent for adapting our lives to conditions that have profoundly changed.

Who will like it: young people and those looking for topics and good practices to fight climate change. Because you consider the relationship between space, bodies, populations and power to be the great central theme of today for planning the future.

2. Environments, Piero Lissoni edited by Stefano Casciani (Rizzoli, 120 euros)

More than a book, a real journey into the creative and design universe of Piero Lissoni with Lissoni & Partnersthrough the analysis of approximately 100 projects developed over a 40-year career. From architecture to graphics, from installations to interior projects for hotels or work spaces, the book, embellished with illustrations by Guido Scarabottolo, tells everything about Piero Lissoni . In English with the original texts in Italian in the appendix.
Who will like it: who wants to be able to delve deeper into Piero Lissoni's creative path. A journey, as he himself says, "between humanism and a pinch of science".

3. Armani Fiori, by Giorgio Armani, Harriet Quick, Dan Rubinstein and Renato Bruni (Rizzoli, 120 euros)

Agave, bamboo, tulips, oxypetalum, heliconia. These are some of the essences that alternate and intertwine in the images of this book. And, if you know them, you know that they can give life to infinite nuances and compositions halfway between nature and design, as in the compositions of Armani Fiori, told in the stylist's words together with those they know most closely and they are in harmony with the creative universe of Giorgio Armani even when it is expressed in unique floral compositions.

Refined like this book, with the silk cover, the visible binding and some Japanese inserts.

Who will like it: who considers King George - and his rigorous style - a cornerstone of Italian elegance. But also to those who want to support the Forestami urban forestation project of the Polytechnic of Milan: it is to this association that the royalties from sales will be donated.

4. Charlotte Perriand by Anne Bony and Kengo Kuma (Johan & Levi publisher, 20 euros)

Charlotte Perriand, a French architect and designer born in the early twentieth century, suffered for being born a talented woman in years of deep-rooted machismo. Overshadowed by the genius and fame of Les Courbusier and Pierre Jeanneret, with whom she collaborated for ten years starting from 1927, she paid for the fact that the profession was at the time a "men's thing". ”.

So much so that, however free, emancipated and ingenious she was, she is still little known today and especially for her series of steel tube chairs. This book, coming out on October 13, retracing her entire career, including her years in Japan and her love for photography, finally pays homage to her great talent.

Who will like it: who wants to rediscover the roots and sources of inspiration of the simplest and most functional contemporary design in the work of this now recognized protagonist of modern architecture.

5. Ettore Sottsass by Emanuel Bérart and Simona Pierini (Joan & Levi, 20 euros)

This monograph dedicated to Ettore Sottsass, due out in mid-October, traces his life and professional career. From the collaboration with Olivetti to the furniture made with Poltronova, up to the ceramics produced by Bitossi and the creation of the Memphis group in 1981.

But also the relationship with his architect father, the role of mentor played by the painter Spazzapan and the relationships with his wives Fernanda Pivano and BarbaraRadice. And it is through this journey down memory lane that we understand how much Sottsass's work has marked a generation of architects, designers and creatives.

Who will like it: Who wants to immerse themselves in the effervescent climate of the Eighties through the life of a proud opponent of the "uniform panorama of good taste".