A book retraces the history of design from the last century

Electaarchittettura announces a book on design by Italian architects from 1920 to 2000, with texts by Fiorella Bulegato and Elena Dellapiana. The authors retrace and investigate the history of design across the last century, through the most important figures of architects who were “intellectuals and theorists,” whose culture and worldview offered fertile ground for the growth of the discipline of architecture and design: precisely these designers, cultivating both technical and humanistic cultures, were the protagonists of the passage from an artisan dimension to the world of industry and, hence, of industrial design. Three personalities stand out as “turning points” in the narrative on the dialogue between architecture and design: Gio Ponti, Marco Zanuso and Ettore Sottsass Jr. Shedding light on different methodological and pragmatic approaches to the work of the designer, the wealth of interpretations of the notion of the object emerges: not just structure or composition of parts, but also a node of reflection on the nature of materials, on inhabited space and its functions. Fiorella Bulegato and Elena Dellapiana, Il design degli architetti italiani 1920-2000, Electaarchitettura, 256 pages, 300 illustrations, 35 euros