An extraordinary selection of designs by important Italian and international designers. Sketches, doodles, notes, fragmentes are materials of decided value in designers' work.
“I always liked making drawings. Small, schematic ones. A few lines. For me drawing is the way of transferring ‘inner’ ideas onto paper. The drawing is, in my experience, the original matrix of the design, but also something else: a sort of pastime…” Alessandro Mendini. Mario Bellini, Aldo Cibic, Antonio Citterio, Michele De Lucchi, Nathalie Du Pasquier, Marco Ferreri, Stefano Giovannoni, Makio Hasuike, Italo Rota, Toyo Ito, Joe Velluto, Kengo Kuma, Angelo Mangiarotti, Enzo Mari, Alberto Meda, Alessandro Mendini, Renzo Piano, Marc Sadler, Denis Santachiara, Matteo Thun and Nanda Vigo are only some of the names on show. Well-known designers cheek-by-jowl with up and coming names in works from the archives or purpose-built for the occasion. Design is an art that involves ideas and emotions, thoughts and insights. The subjects on display and the techniques employed are many, and reflect the multiple facets of the discipline itself. Design after design reveals the inspirational soul of the creator: oneiric, poetic, fable-like, cartoon-like or conceptual, the lines always bear the stamp of the mental processes and ideas they incarnate. The companion volume to the exhibition is an objét itself, designed to enhance the intrinsic value of the hundred-plus designs printed on special paper and reproduced in fac-simile.