The Long Life of Design in Italy

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The Long Life of Design in Italy
The Long Life of Design in Italy

B&B Italia 50 Years and Beyound

With texts by Ferruccio de Bortoli, Renzo Piano, Deyan Sudjic
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Italian design and its resounding international success are the result of the fortunate encounter between contemporary design culture and the visions of entrepreneurs such as Piero Ambrogio Busnelli (1926–2014). Established in 1966 as a way to make the most of what Busnelli saw as the great potential of new materials for the production of furnishings– an innovative approach carried forward by his successors – B&B Italia has from the outset been the furniture industry that invests more than any other in research and experimentation on new technologies, collaborating with many of the leading international architects and designers: from Afra and Tobia Scarpa to Antonio Citterio, Mario Bellini to Gaetano Pesce, Zaha Hadid, Patricia Urquiola and Naoto Fukasawa. This book charts the company’s history through the products and places that have marked out its development, casting a spotlight on the way its corporate strategies have been intertwined with the poetics of form as explored by its designers. It is a story played out against the ups and downs of the global market, which have been rendered all the more complex and fascinating by the drive towards cultural and economic globalisation.
This is a vital case study for architects, professionals, scholars, collectors and everyone with a passion for the culture of design.
On the last page of the book the reader will find a NFC technology (a standards-based short-range wireless connectivity) which allows to watch the movie on the 50 years of B&B Italia.
Stefano Casciani, Deputy Editor of Domus until 2011, he is now Editor-in-chief of disegno. la nuova cultura industriale.
Ferruccio de Bortoli, Director of the Corriere della Sera for a total of twelve years (1997–2003, 2009–2015).
Renzo Piano, winner of the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 1998, in 2013 he was made a Senator for Life of the Italian Republic.
Deyan Sudjic, Director of the Design Museum, London
Reportage: Iwan Baan
Portfolio: Francesca Ferrari 

Dimensions24.5 x 32cm
Colour illustrations684
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