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ITALIAN DESIGN ICONS

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Photo by Ingrid Opstad

Last week I went to the ‘La Bellezza Quotidiana’ // ‘The Everyday Beauty’, a design exhibition by Triennale Design Museum promoting and enhancing Italian design icons throughout time. It contains a selection of over 200 iconic pieces laid out in chronological order, starting in 1945 and ending up in 2015. It contains designs by the big masters Alessandro Mendini, Andrea Branzi, Gio Ponti, Piero Fornasetti, Franco Albini, Bruno Munari, together with young, new designers such as Lorenzo Damiani, Martino Gamper and Fabio Novembre.

Below is the timeline of all the designs featured in the exhibition, just click on the image to view larger:

italian design icons

It is so fascinating to see the development and innovation that has happened over the years, and very interesting to see how many of these pieces still have a very modern and new feel to them. Italy is seen as being a worldwide trendsetter and leader in design, which you can clearly see in the collection of items displayed at ‘La Bellezza Quotidiana’.

One piece that especially caught my eye was the ‘PRATONE’, designed by Giorgio Ceretti, Pietro Derossi and Riccardo Rosso for Gruppo Strum in 1971. At first glance I had no idea what it could be, it looks like a section of oversized grass and has a pop-art style to it. When getting closer to it and reading the sign saying it was a chair I still felt a bit confused, as it does not resemble anything you would traditionally call a chair. It is primarily a work of art, but also functional and quite comfortable by the looks of it (see here.)

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I also love the quirky ‘Sending Animals’ furnitures, designed by Marcantonio Raimondi Malerba for Seletti. These playful animal-shaped storage units are made from wooden shipping crates, a fun way to display your homeware.

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Photo by ingridesign

The exhibition is located in the attic of the Villa Reale in Monza, a stunning location and a must-see if you are ever in the Milan area. It was the summer villa for the Italian royal family up until 1900 and is surrounded by Monza Park, one of the largest enclosed parks in Europe. The villa was recently restored, and is now open to the public as a museum but also hosts temporary exhibitions and events. There is a restaurant area near the entrance that serves lovely food and drinks, and a little book shop where you can have a browse.

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Photo by ingridesign

The exhibition design is by Michele De Lucchi, with a minimalistic and organic style. Each item is displayed on untreated wood crates, which works very well with the wood and brick surroundings of the interior space. Each area is divided into a section focusing on the time period nicely displayed on the floor when entering. It is nice as it feels like you are having a walk through the history of Italian design.

Photo by Triennial di Milano

Photo by Triennial di Milano

If you do go to the exhibition be sure to check out the amazing photography exhibition ‘Oltre Lo Sguardo’ // ‘Beyond The Look’ by Steve McCurry also located at the villa. The exhibition shows his latest work alongside some of his best-known images. The highlight being the portrait of Sharbat Gula which was on the cover of National Geographic in 1985 and has since become one of the icons of world photography.

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ME&HIM&YOU

me&him&you

me&him&you is a design company founded in 2010 by Ronan Dillon and Peter O’Gara based in Dublin, Ireland. I discovered their The City Series while browsing online, and instantly got drawn to their simple yet expressive style.

“Recently many of our friends and family have moved to Hong Kong, New York, London, Paris, Berlin and many other cities all over the world looking for work. We are lucky enough to have been able to visit, sample their signature drinks and be inspired by their new homes.” – me&him&you

These handmade screenprints are all signed in pencil which is such a nice little detail. They are perfect for people with wanderlust, and a great gift for someone who is either wanting to travel to one of these destinations, living there or to remember a special trip. A selection of prints below of places I have been and wanting to go to:

me&him&you Oslo

me&him&you London

me&him&you Paris

me&him&you Dubai

me&him&you Berlin

All images & design by me&him&you

All images & design by me&him&you

Their prints are currently available exclusively in the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and on their website which you can find here.

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