Our experience of space travel beyond our planet exerted a strong influence on a whole generation of designers in the late 1960s: futuristic creations from japan and electronic space-age products finally appear in a book.
The Triennale Design Museum presents a selection of more than 60 table-lamps, designed and produced in the years of the late ’60s and early ’70s, at a time that was re-christened by design historians as the “Space Age”. A time of great social upheaval, when international politics and collective imagery were focused on conquests in space as the first step in a progressive modern age. The aim of the exhibition is to analyze a trend in design which, for a while, influenced the way we lived and organized our domestic environment. The lamps, which come from international collections, show that production of such objects was widespread, with anonymous models that could be produced cheaply, but also pieces created by great designers like Joe Colombo, Vico Magistretti, Gino Sarfatti and Giotto Stoppino.