This year the Italian Design Day (IDD) will be celebrated with a conference in Rotterdam organised by the Italian Embassy in collaboration with Italian Professionals Netherlands group. Participation only by invitation (see below):
“Coming Back of Radical Design” will see Cristina Dosio Morozzi introducing Formafantasma.
The conference will take place on Monday 5th of March, 2018, at 17:00h, in the auditorium of the
Museum Boijmans van Beuningen,
Museumpark 18, 3015 CX Rotterdam.
The Conference will be followed by a wine serving and soft drinks from 19:00 to 20:00.
Meanwhile, guests will also be welcome to visit
the permanent collection of the Museum.
To participate as an IPN follower, please send an email with subject [DES18] to firstname.lastname@example.org
COMING BACK OF RADICAL DESIGN
CRISTINA MOROZZI AND FORMAFANTASMA
This is the season of the “coming back”: the revamp of the handmade, the attention, more and more strict, to the sustainable projects; the exhibitions on radical design of the 1960/70s in Florence at Strozzina Gallery with “Utopie radicali”, an overview on the Florentine radical groups, as Archizoom, Superstudio, 999, and in New York with the exhibition “Super design” at the R&Company Gallery, curated by Maria Cristina Didero, focused on the projects of Studio 65 based in Torino. The Milanese Gallery Era studio at Miami design 2017 showed a series of radical pieces by Nanda Vigo, Lapo Binazzi, Urano Palma, Riccardo Dalisi.
In the book “Poltronova backstage”, published in 2016 by Fortini, Miami, the history of the mythic company, based in Agliana, Tuscany, which produced in the 1960s the pieces of furniture of Ettore Sottsass, as Ultrafragola, luminous mirror, still in production and Superonda by Archizoom, still in production, there are texts on the radical movements by the members of Archizoom and Superstudio, and by Barbara Radice and myself. Next April 2018 at the Triennale di Milano, as a celebration of the Superond’s 50th anniversary, there will be a series of 6 Superonda with new dresses created by the member of Archizoom (I designed one for my husband, on the basis of his drawing, pink with fucsia dots). On my professional autobiography “Il design non è una cosa seria, ”edited in 2017 by Rizzoli, I wrote about my experience aside the Archizoom, as the girlfriend of Massimo Morozzi, one of the member of the group. This unconscious training gave me a special eye to look at design.
In the book “Oggetti risorti” edited by Costa&Nolan,(1998), one of the first on transformation, I wrote about the first samples of regenerations of materials and objects. At the time it was an auspice, now is a need for everyone, designers and companies. There is a link with my experience and the history of Formafantasma, as they both studied in Florence with Gilberto Corretti and Paolo Deganello of Archizoom. Our common origin is the Radical design. And there is a link also with my engagement, in advance, with ecology and their first presentation in Milano at Rossana Orlandi gallery’s (2010) with the installation “Autarchy”, based on flour and bread.
The recent exhibitions on Radical design underline the increasing need to take advantage of these experiences for a regeneration of contemporary design, which is too much business oriented. And ecology has to be a binding priority in every field of the contemporary society.
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