Journey along 35 songs selected by Radio Monte Carlo for the anniversary of the magazine and the link to listen to them

What does the design sound like? Ask Radio Monte Carlo who has developed a playlist to celebrate the 70 years of Interni magazine, a sort of soundtrack on the occasion of the FuoriSalone (created in 1990 by Gilda Bojardi, director of the magazine).

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35 songs to listen to along the line of time, but above all along an idea: making history by looking to the future.

That is, looking at planning, in space and time, or in music and architecture. Two worlds that have always dialogued and intersected, two expressions of creativity that tell their own era, sometimes anticipating those to come.

Just like the song Volare, the first title of the playlist, in the version by Dean Martin: for Bob Dylan the song by Domenico Modugno and Franco Migliacci is one of the most beautiful songs ever, included in his book The Philosophy of Modern Song precisely because of its energy utopian and futuristic, on a melody capable of entering (and remaining) in everyone's hearts.

«This may be one of the first hallucinogenic songs, predating Jefferson Airplane's White Rabbit by at least ten years. A catchier melody will never be heard or experienced again,” writes Nobel Prize winner Bob Dylan. In fact, that flight in the infinite sky, in that blue, painted in blue, is a fall into the psychedelia of a dream, with the advantage of doing it to a melody that is enough to hear once to never forget it again.

This also happens with those objects that have made the history of an era and then of design itself: symbols of a precise time, but at the same time timeless, complete with a nostalgia effect for those who intercept them.

An Eames chair, for example: it is the creation of a utopia in a simple and comfortable form, which tells of a precise time, but also the present. The 50s of design between the United States and Europe, with that all-Italian twist marking the style, travels to the tune of Nat King Cole, Peggy Lee strong> (very stylish in her Fever), Paul Anka and Mina.

La Tigre di Cremona playsIf Telephone. We are already in 1966, and in the video Mina is wrapped in a very long telephone cord... Commonly used objects, to the point of becoming useful tools even to decree the end of a love...

Remaining in the Italian context, we come across I Giardini di Kensington by Patty Pravo, an Italian song from 1973 based on the music ofWalk On The Wild Sideby Lou Reed. It's a bit like looking at yourself in the Ultrafragola, a masterpiece by Ettore Sottsass for Poltronova or walking in the Pratone of Platonova strong>Gufram to then rest on the Bocca sofa (again Gufram)... Playful fictions, but not without nostalgia, as in Rocket Man by Elton John, but also in Heroes by David Bowie, who from Berlin sings of a rigorous planet close to Eastern Europe, for reach worlds that no longer exist or do not yet exist (The Great Gig In The Sky by Pink Floyd).

Thus we arrive at the 80s, those of Memphis, Philippe Starck, but also of Cini Boeri , Alberto Mbeda and Gae Aulenti: Eurythmics (Here Comes The Rain Again), Simple Minds (Alive and Kicking), U2 (With or without you) immediately report to those atmospheres, ultra-coloured but also glacial, rigorous but also light-hearted, which lead to the 90s: Ingo Maurer with his poetics in the form of design follows Sting with If I ever Lose my Faith in You and also Peter Gabriel (Digging in the Dirt), but there is also a more industrial element recalled by Depeche Mode (Enjoy The Silence).

And then. Then we float in a new dimension, that of the last decade, with Adele, Daft Punk, Bbuno Mars, which mixes with the current one and the previous one in a mixture that speaks well of the new millennium: fluidity of gender, of styles, of desires, of dreams. Maybe even utopias.

We fly into the blue of a design that cites itself, innovates, looks to the future together with ppast. The boundless sky is here again, this time a slave to a rhythm (entirely human?), as Trevor Horn narrates in the final piece, Slave To The Rhythm.