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new italian design

new italian design

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Italian design has a long and rich history, dating back to the Renaissance period when Italy was a center of art, architecture, and design. During this time, Italian designers and artists created some of the most iconic works of art and architecture in history, including the paintings of Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo, and the architecture of Brunelleschi and Palladio.

In the 20th century, Italian design became known for its modern, innovative, and luxurious approach. During the post-World War II era, Italy experienced a period of economic growth and prosperity, and designers were able to experiment with new materials, technologies, and styles. Italian designers such as Gio Ponti, Ettore Sottsass, and Achille Castiglioni became well-known for their innovative and experimental designs, which combined modern materials with traditional craftsmanship.

In the 1960s and 70s, Italian design came to be associated with the sleek, minimalist aesthetic of the era. Designers such as Joe Colombo and Marco Zanuso created iconic furniture pieces, while the Memphis Group, founded by Ettore Sottsass, produced brightly colored, postmodern designs that challenged traditional notions of beauty and function. This tome celebrates the period just after, from the 80s to the 00s.

Today, Italian design continues to be highly regarded around the world for its innovation, craftsmanship, and attention to detail. Italian fashion brands such as Gucci, Prada, and Versace are known for their luxury and style, while Italian furniture and lighting companies such as Kartell and Flos continue to produce cutting-edge designs. From cars to household appliances, Italian design has left an indelible mark on the world of design and continues to influence contemporary design trends.

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