Un'Introduzione al Disegno Italiano

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June 15, 2011

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.
    1909The "Futurist Manifesto" is Published.
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  1913Boccioni completes his sculpture Unique Forms of Continuity in Space.
    1913Boccioni completes his sculpture Unique Forms of Continuity in Space.
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  1921Giovanni Alessi founds the Alessi Company.
    1921Giovanni Alessi founds the Alessi Company.
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  1922Beginning of novecento neoclassical architectural movement
    1922Beginning of novecento neoclassical architectural movement
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  1923First Triennale di Milano (originally held in Monza as a Biennial exhibit).
    1923First 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.
    1926Founding of Gruppo 7, a collective that promotes Italian razionalismo.
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  1928Domus magazine is founded.
    1928Domus magazine is founded.
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  1933Renato Giuseppe Bertelli completes his sculpture Profilo del Duce.
    1933Renato Giuseppe Bertelli completes his sculpture Profilo del Duce.
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  1933Bialetti Moka coffeemaker introduced.
    1933Bialetti Moka coffeemaker introduced.
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  1933Pietro Chiesa and Gio Ponti design Luminator lamp.
    1933Pietro Chiesa and Gio Ponti design Luminator lamp.
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  1936Completion of Terragni: Casa del Fascio, quintessential razionalismo.
    1936Completion of Terragni: Casa del Fascio, quintessential razionalismo.
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  1936Fiat 500 Topolino introduced.
    1936Fiat 500 Topolino introduced.
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  1940Franco Albini designs Seggiovia chair.
    1940Franco Albini designs Seggiovia chair.
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  1943Moto Piaggio 5 scooter debuts.
    1943Moto Piaggio 5 scooter debuts.
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  1948Gio Ponti redesigns La Pavoni espresso machine.
    1948Gio 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.
    1950Kartell debuts its first product: the K101 Ski Rack by Carlo Barassi and Roberto Menghi.
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  1950Franco Albini designs Gala chair.
    1950Franco Albini designs Gala chair.
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  1953Ottavio and Rosita Missoni found the legendary Missoni fashion house.
    1953Ottavio and Rosita Missoni found the legendary Missoni fashion house.
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  1957Castiglioni Brothers design Mezzadro stool.
    1957Castiglioni Brothers design Mezzadro stool.
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  1957Gio Ponti designs Superleggera chair.
    1957Gio Ponti designs Superleggera chair.
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  1959Enzo Mari designs 16 Animali puzzle.
    1959Enzo Mari designs 16 Animali puzzle.
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  1959Torre Valasca is built in Milan.
    1959Torre Valasca is built in Milan.
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  1960Achille Castiglioni designs Gatto lamp for Flos.
    1960Achille Castiglioni designs Gatto lamp for Flos.
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  1960Fashion designer Valentino Garavani becomes known for "Valentino red."
    1960Fashion designer Valentino Garavani becomes known for "Valentino red."
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  1961First Salone Internazionale del Mobile (International Furniture Fair of Milan) is held.
    1961First Salone Internazionale del Mobile (International Furniture Fair of Milan) is held.
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  1962Ferrari releases 250 GTO.
    1962Ferrari releases 250 GTO.
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  1962Sapper-Zanuso design a TV for Brionvega.
    1962Sapper-Zanuso design a TV for Brionvega.
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  1964Giancarlo Mattioli designs Nesso lamp.
    1964Giancarlo Mattioli designs Nesso lamp.
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  1966Superstudio holds Superarchitettura show.
    1966Superstudio holds Superarchitettura show.
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  1966Vico Magistretti designs Eclisse lamp for Artemide.
    1966Vico Magistretti designs Eclisse lamp for Artemide.
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  1969Olivetti introduces Valentine typewriter.
    1969Olivetti introduces Valentine typewriter.
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  1969Gaetano Pesce designs UP chair.
    1969Gaetano Pesce designs UP chair.
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  19700Joe Colombo designs Boby Storage Trolly.
    19700Joe Colombo designs Boby Storage Trolly.
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  1970Carlo Scarpa begins design of the Brion-Vega Cemetery.
    1970Carlo Scarpa begins design of the Brion-Vega Cemetery.
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  1972MoMA holds Italy: The New Domestic Landscape exhibit.
    1972MoMA holds Italy: The New Domestic Landscape exhibit.
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  1973Enzo Mari designs Autocostruzione chair.
    1973Enzo Mari designs Autocostruzione chair.
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  1976Eugenio Perazza founds Magis.
    1976Eugenio Perazza founds Magis.
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  1977Giulio Cappellini becomes creative director of Cappellini.
    1977Giulio Cappellini becomes creative director of Cappellini.
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  1981Memphis Group makes their debut at Salone del Mobile.
    1981Memphis Group makes their debut at Salone del Mobile.
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  1981Ettore Sottsass designs Altair vase.
    1981Ettore Sottsass designs Altair vase.
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  1986Bolidismo movement is founded.
    1986Bolidismo movement is founded.
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  1986Michele de Lucchi and Giancarlo Fassina design Tolomeo lamp.
    1986Michele de Lucchi and Giancarlo Fassina design Tolomeo lamp.
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  1989Aldo Rossi designs Parigi chair.
    1989Aldo Rossi designs Parigi chair.
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  1993Stefano Giovannoni designs Merdolino toilet brush for Alessi.
    1993Stefano Giovannoni designs Merdolino toilet brush for Alessi.
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  1993Dolce & Gabbana create costumes for Madonna's "Girlie Show" tour.
    1993Dolce & Gabbana create costumes for Madonna's "Girlie Show" tour.
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  1996Antonio Citterio designs Dolly chair for Kartell.
    1996Antonio Citterio designs Dolly chair for Kartell.
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  1997Rodolfo Dordoni becomes creative director of Minotti.
    1997Rodolfo Dordoni becomes creative director of Minotti.
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  1997Giulio Iacchetti designs La Mandarina pen.
    1997Giulio Iacchetti designs La Mandarina pen.
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  2000Matteo Ragni and Giulio Iacchetti design Moscardino fork.
    2000Matteo Ragni and Giulio Iacchetti design Moscardino fork.
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  2002Carlo Contin designs Mediterraneo fish bowl
    2002Carlo Contin designs Mediterraneo fish bowl
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  2005Lagranja designs UTO lamp for Foscarini.
    2005Lagranja designs UTO lamp for Foscarini.
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  2005Paolo Ulian designs Brush Ring toothbrush.
    2005Paolo Ulian designs Brush Ring toothbrush.
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  2006Alessandra Baldereschi designs Helix corkscrew.
    2006Alessandra Baldereschi designs Helix corkscrew.
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  2006Carlo Colombo designs the rectilinear Shanghai sofa system.
    2006Carlo Colombo designs the rectilinear Shanghai sofa system.
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  2008BY Lissoni launches with the cooperation of Boffi.
    2008BY Lissoni launches with the cooperation of Boffi.
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  2009Skitsch debuts at Salone del Mobile.
    2009Skitsch debuts at Salone del Mobile.
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  2009Patricia Urquiola designs Fergana collection for Moroso.
    2009Patricia Urquiola designs Fergana collection for Moroso.
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  2010Venice Architecture Biennale attracts over 170,00 visitors.
    2010Venice Architecture Biennale attracts over 170,00 visitors.
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  2010Gaetano Pesce and Cassina celebrate Italy's 150th anniversary with Sessantuna.
    2010Gaetano Pesce and Cassina celebrate Italy's 150th anniversary with Sessantuna.
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  2011Alberto Alessi becomes curator of Milan Triennale.
    2011Alberto Alessi becomes curator of Milan Triennale.

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