This book documents and illustrates the latest creations of Cleto Munari who, following on his work with silver, jewellery, watches, fountain pens and furniture, brought together a group of ten artists and designers to create a unique collection of art carpets. The Art Carpets Collection is composed of objects that succeed in combining craftsmanship, advanced working techniques and captivating chromatic variety. The aesthetic of the final result draws both on the expertise acquired in the field of looming and furnishing and on the power of the individual designer’s motifs.
As Cleto Munari himself likes to say, his world is one where every object is born and lives as “pure poetry.” Every carpet in this collection succeeds in appealing to the eye and emanating a silent glow, so that the distant horizons of desire can be reached through the dawn’s loom.
The collection’s inventiveness, unique colouring, masterly design, and overall vision merge to produce carpets that can beautifully adorn traditional or minimal environments, private homes or public spaces, hotel lobbies or showrooms, creating a unique, exclusive atmosphere, as only fine art work is able to do.
Planned and designed by Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Dario Fo, Mario Botta, Alessandro Mendini, Javier Mariscal, Ettore Mocchetti, Deisa Centazzo, Sandro Chia, Mimmo Paladino, and Cleto Munari himself, and produced by Moret, these unique pieces represent the peak of the skills and experience of this unsurpassed Italian designer-editor. What’s more, they are the fruit of an entire lifetime, with the friends, triumphant collaborations and irrepressible utopias of a man who has been dreaming and producing “poetry” for more than forty years…
Contents – Art Carpets: Friendships and Geographies of Beauty; An Interview with Cleto Munari; Ten Designers for the Art Carpets Collection; The Beauty of Italian Inventiveness: Moret; The Art Carpets; Designers’ Biographies and Notes on Contributors; Italian Texts
The editor: Marco Fazzini is a lecturer at the University of Ca’ Foscari (Venice), and has worked in Durban (South Africa), St Andrews (Scotland), Columbia (South Carolina), and Melbourne (Australia). He has published articles and books on post-colonial literature and has translated some of the main English-language contemporary poets. His major poetry collections are: Nel vortice (1999); XX poesie (2007); Driftings and Wrecks (2010). His latest book is an extensive study on poetry and songwriting, Canto un mondo libero (2012).