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Un'Introduzione al Disegno Italiano

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From Marble to mobili, Italy has been a, if not the, design mecca for the last century. Here's why.

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  1909The "Futurist Manifesto" is Published.

    1909

    The "Futurist Manifesto" is Published.
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  1913Boccioni completes his sculpture Unique Forms of Continuity in Space.

    1913

    Boccioni completes his sculpture Unique Forms of Continuity in Space.
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  1921Giovanni Alessi founds the Alessi Company.

    1921

    Giovanni Alessi founds the Alessi Company.
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  1922Beginning of novecento neoclassical architectural movement

    1922

    Beginning of novecento neoclassical architectural movement
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  1923First Triennale di Milano (originally held in Monza as a Biennial exhibit).

    1923

    First Triennale di Milano (originally held in Monza as a Biennial exhibit).
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  1926Founding of Gruppo 7, a collective that promotes Italian razionalismo.

    1926

    Founding of Gruppo 7, a collective that promotes Italian razionalismo.
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  1928Domus magazine is founded.

    1928

    Domus magazine is founded.
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  1933Renato Giuseppe Bertelli completes his sculpture Profilo del Duce.

    1933

    Renato Giuseppe Bertelli completes his sculpture Profilo del Duce.
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  1933Bialetti Moka coffeemaker introduced.

    1933

    Bialetti Moka coffeemaker introduced.
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  1933Pietro Chiesa and Gio Ponti design Luminator lamp.

    1933

    Pietro Chiesa and Gio Ponti design Luminator lamp.
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  1936Completion of Terragni: Casa del Fascio, quintessential razionalismo.

    1936

    Completion of Terragni: Casa del Fascio, quintessential razionalismo.
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  1936Fiat 500 Topolino introduced.

    1936

    Fiat 500 Topolino introduced.
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  1940Franco Albini designs Seggiovia chair.

    1940

    Franco Albini designs Seggiovia chair.
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  1943Moto Piaggio 5 scooter debuts.

    1943

    Moto Piaggio 5 scooter debuts.
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  1948Gio Ponti redesigns La Pavoni espresso machine.

    1948

    Gio Ponti redesigns La Pavoni espresso machine.
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  1950Kartell debuts its first product: the K101 Ski Rack by Carlo Barassi and Roberto Menghi.

    1950

    Kartell debuts its first product: the K101 Ski Rack by Carlo Barassi and Roberto Menghi.
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  1950Franco Albini designs Gala chair.

    1950

    Franco Albini designs Gala chair.
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  1953Ottavio and Rosita Missoni found the legendary Missoni fashion house.

    1953

    Ottavio and Rosita Missoni found the legendary Missoni fashion house.
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  1957Castiglioni Brothers design Mezzadro stool.

    1957

    Castiglioni Brothers design Mezzadro stool.
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  1957Gio Ponti designs Superleggera chair.

    1957

    Gio Ponti designs Superleggera chair.
  • 
  1959Enzo Mari designs 16 Animali puzzle.

    1959

    Enzo Mari designs 16 Animali puzzle.
  • 
  1959Torre Valasca is built in Milan.

    1959

    Torre Valasca is built in Milan.
  • 
  1960Achille Castiglioni designs Gatto lamp for Flos.

    1960

    Achille Castiglioni designs Gatto lamp for Flos.
  • 
  1960Fashion designer Valentino Garavani becomes known for "Valentino red."

    1960

    Fashion designer Valentino Garavani becomes known for "Valentino red."
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  1961First Salone Internazionale del Mobile (International Furniture Fair of Milan) is held.

    1961

    First Salone Internazionale del Mobile (International Furniture Fair of Milan) is held.
  • 
  1962Ferrari releases 250 GTO.

    1962

    Ferrari releases 250 GTO.
  • 
  1962Sapper-Zanuso design a TV for Brionvega.

    1962

    Sapper-Zanuso design a TV for Brionvega.
  • 
  1964Giancarlo Mattioli designs Nesso lamp.

    1964

    Giancarlo Mattioli designs Nesso lamp.
  • 
  1966Superstudio holds Superarchitettura show.

    1966

    Superstudio holds Superarchitettura show.
  • 
  1966Vico Magistretti designs Eclisse lamp for Artemide.

    1966

    Vico Magistretti designs Eclisse lamp for Artemide.
  • 
  1969Olivetti introduces Valentine typewriter.

    1969

    Olivetti introduces Valentine typewriter.
  • 
  1969Gaetano Pesce designs UP chair.

    1969

    Gaetano Pesce designs UP chair.
  • 
  19700Joe Colombo designs Boby Storage Trolly.

    1970

    0Joe Colombo designs Boby Storage Trolly.
  • 
  1970Carlo Scarpa begins design of the Brion-Vega Cemetery.

    1970

    Carlo Scarpa begins design of the Brion-Vega Cemetery.
  • 
  1972MoMA holds Italy: The New Domestic Landscape exhibit.

    1972

    MoMA holds Italy: The New Domestic Landscape exhibit.
  • 
  1973Enzo Mari designs Autocostruzione chair.

    1973

    Enzo Mari designs Autocostruzione chair.
  • 
  1976Eugenio Perazza founds Magis.

    1976

    Eugenio Perazza founds Magis.
  • 
  1977Giulio Cappellini becomes creative director of Cappellini.

    1977

    Giulio Cappellini becomes creative director of Cappellini.
  • 
  1981Memphis Group makes their debut at Salone del Mobile.

    1981

    Memphis Group makes their debut at Salone del Mobile.
  • 
  1981Ettore Sottsass designs Altair vase.

    1981

    Ettore Sottsass designs Altair vase.
  • 
  1986Bolidismo movement is founded.

    1986

    Bolidismo movement is founded.
  • 
  1986Michele de Lucchi and Giancarlo Fassina design Tolomeo lamp.

    1986

    Michele de Lucchi and Giancarlo Fassina design Tolomeo lamp.
  • 
  1989Aldo Rossi designs Parigi chair.

    1989

    Aldo Rossi designs Parigi chair.
  • 
  1993Stefano Giovannoni designs Merdolino toilet brush for Alessi.

    1993

    Stefano Giovannoni designs Merdolino toilet brush for Alessi.
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  1993Dolce & Gabbana create costumes for Madonna's "Girlie Show" tour.

    1993

    Dolce & Gabbana create costumes for Madonna's "Girlie Show" tour.
  • 
  1996Antonio Citterio designs Dolly chair for Kartell.

    1996

    Antonio Citterio designs Dolly chair for Kartell.
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  1997Rodolfo Dordoni becomes creative director of Minotti.

    1997

    Rodolfo Dordoni becomes creative director of Minotti.
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  1997Giulio Iacchetti designs La Mandarina pen.

    1997

    Giulio Iacchetti designs La Mandarina pen.
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  2000Matteo Ragni and Giulio Iacchetti design Moscardino fork.

    2000

    Matteo Ragni and Giulio Iacchetti design Moscardino fork.
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  2002Carlo Contin designs Mediterraneo fish bowl

    2002

    Carlo Contin designs Mediterraneo fish bowl
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  2005Lagranja designs UTO lamp for Foscarini.

    2005

    Lagranja designs UTO lamp for Foscarini.
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  2005Paolo Ulian designs Brush Ring toothbrush.

    2005

    Paolo Ulian designs Brush Ring toothbrush.
  • 
  2006Alessandra Baldereschi designs Helix corkscrew.

    2006

    Alessandra Baldereschi designs Helix corkscrew.
  • 
  2006Carlo Colombo designs the rectilinear Shanghai sofa system.

    2006

    Carlo Colombo designs the rectilinear Shanghai sofa system.
  • 
  2008BY Lissoni launches with the cooperation of Boffi.

    2008

    BY Lissoni launches with the cooperation of Boffi.
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  2009Skitsch debuts at Salone del Mobile.

    2009

    Skitsch debuts at Salone del Mobile.
  • 
  2009Patricia Urquiola designs Fergana collection for Moroso.

    2009

    Patricia Urquiola designs Fergana collection for Moroso.
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  2010Venice Architecture Biennale attracts over 170,00 visitors.

    2010

    Venice Architecture Biennale attracts over 170,00 visitors.
  • 
  2010Gaetano Pesce and Cassina celebrate Italy's 150th anniversary with Sessantuna.

    2010

    Gaetano Pesce and Cassina celebrate Italy's 150th anniversary with Sessantuna.
  • 
  2011Alberto Alessi becomes curator of Milan Triennale.

    2011

    Alberto Alessi becomes curator of Milan Triennale.

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