An admirable range of Italian industrial products from the last century, in a volume designed for easy reference, but also based on a rigorous critical approach.
[The design of industrial products. Italy 1860-1980] A large selection of designed objects, from the Unification of Italy to the 1980s, corrects a common misconception that sees Italian industrial products as a mere appendix to the architectural culture of the Modern Movement.
The favored viewpoint is clearly that of the project of the industrial object, as demonstrated in the admirable corpus of drawings that accompany the photographic illustrations. Three large chapters subdivide the subject matter in chronological order, and the book’s organization in profiles makes for easy reference, while maintaining a rigorous critical approach.
The volume is a guide for those who want to take the study of Italian industrial products into a phase of true historical maturity: economists, art historians, architects and all those interested in material culture, all aspects to which the culture of design, especially in Italy, is closely connected.