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Alchimia

Overview page. Subjects: Architecture — Decorative Arts, Furniture, and Industrial Design.

Italian ‘New Wave’ co-operative design group (1976–91), founded in Milan by Alessandro Guerriero, Mendini, Sottsass, and others, also called Studio Alchymia. One of its aims was to make and...

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Alessandro Mendini

Overview page. Subjects: Industrial and Commercial Art.

(1931– )

Mendini played an important role in Italian avant‐garde design of the 1970s and 1980s, particularly in association with the Milan‐based Studio Alchimia established in...

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Andrea Branzi

Overview page. Subjects: Industrial and Commercial Art.

(1938– )

A highly influential Italian architect, designer, and theorist since the late 1960s, Branzi has been involved with many progressive elements of Italian design. These...

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Anti-Design

Overview page. Subjects: Industrial and Commercial Art.

This movement originated in Italy in the 1960s as a reaction against what many avant‐garde designers saw as the impoverished language of Modernism, the emphasis placed on style and the...

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Boilerhouse

Overview page. Subjects: Industrial and Commercial Art.

(1982–7)

Directed by Stephen Bayley and supported by the Conran Foundation, the Boilerhouse Project at the Victoria and Albert Museum ran from 1982 to 1987. Set in a light and...

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Design Museum

Overview page. Subjects: Industrial and Commercial Art.

(established 1989)

The origins of this enterprise lay in the Boilerhouse Project at the Victoria and Albert Museum, which ran from 1982 to 1987. A showcase for modern design, the...

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Ernesto Gismondi

Overview page. Subjects: Industrial and Commercial Art.

(1931– )

Italian designer and engineer Gismondi played an important role in progressive design circles. Having undertaken aeronautical and aerospace studies in Milan (graduating in...

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Ettore Sottsass

Overview page. Subjects: Industrial and Commercial Art — Architecture.

(1917– ).

Australian-born architect, active in Italy. He established his own firm in Milan (1947), designing artefacts, exhibitions, and interiors. Among his works were...

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Global Tools

Overview page. Subjects: Industrial and Commercial Art.

(1973–5)

Planned as a series of experimental design laboratories or counter‐school of architecture and design, its Italian founder members appeared on the May 1973 cover of the...

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Hans Hollein

Overview page. Subjects: Architecture — Industrial and Commercial Art.

(1934– ).

Austrian architect. He established his reputation with small, well-crafted shops, including the Retti Candle Shop (1964–5), Schullin Jewellery Shop with its ‘cracked’...

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