Abitare: 50 Years of Design: The Best of Architecture, Interiors, Photography, Travel, and Trends 1961-2011

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The first-ever compilation of the most innovative design magazine of the 1960s and 1970s. Launched in 1961, Abitare is considered by some to be the Wallpaper* magazine of its day: the source of all things hip, important, and avant-garde, as well as must-know information and must-have objects, many of which have become design classics fifty years later. This important compilation brings together the very best of the Abitare universe: the most noteworthy design developments of the last fifty years, with emphasis on...
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Overview

The first-ever compilation of the most innovative design magazine of the 1960s and 1970s. Launched in 1961, Abitare is considered by some to be the Wallpaper* magazine of its day: the source of all things hip, important, and avant-garde, as well as must-know information and must-have objects, many of which have become design classics fifty years later. This important compilation brings together the very best of the Abitare universe: the most noteworthy design developments of the last fifty years, with emphasis on the 1960s and 1970s. Abitare was founded to cover the growing influence of Italian design but also to gather the most interesting trends worldwide, from the mod fashion in London, and the rise of alternative lifestyles in New York and San Francisco, to the development of industrial design in Milan. Classic articles from Abitare are reproduced in full, with their original English and Italian texts, while new essays by noted writers and past editors reflect on the influence of this trailblazing magazine.
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Editorial Reviews

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“The Italian shelter magazine Abitare (meaning ‘to dwell’), which began in 1961 under the title Casa Novita, was not entirely part of the mainstream at the time of its inception, but it certainly helped redefine Italian and, by proxy, American visual culture… Abitare: 50 Years of Design is not only a good record of half a century reduced to 430 pages, but a handbook on how a magazine can continue to inform and delight, even in the iPad era.” ~New York Times

“Toasting the Italian magazine that has documented—and shaped—how people live, Abitare: 50 Years of Design covers innovative projects from churches by Mario Botta to superhighways in Los Angeles, as well as the earliest sectional sofas and an inflatable armchair.” ~Elle Decor

Abitare: 50 Years of Design is the first-ever compilation of the most innovative design magazine of the 1960s and 1970s. Launched in 1961, Abitare is a revolutionary lifestyle magazine, the source of all things hip, important, and avante-garde…” ~Design Addict
 

Steven Heller
…a compendium of Abitare's best layouts. Extended captions provide editorial context; personal essays by Piazza and others recall…each of Abitare's decades. Seeing the layouts photographed as objects directly from the pages of the magazine, with all the binding and printing imperfections intact, also allows the reader to experience the design in context. And what smart and often beautiful design it is…Abitare: 50 Years of Design is not only a good record of half a century reduced to 430 pages, but a handbook on how a magazine can continue to inform and delight, even in the iPad era.
—The New York Times
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780847835133
  • Publisher: Rizzoli
  • Publication date: 12/21/2010
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 839,843
  • Product dimensions: 9.70 (w) x 11.30 (h) x 1.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Mario Piazza is the creative director of Abitare.

Paola Antonelli
is the Senior Curator of Design at the Museum of Modern Art, New York.

Alessandro Mendini is a legendary designer, architect, and theorist.

Stefano Boeri
is the editor-in-chief of Abitare.

Italo Lupi and Franca Santi were previous editors-in-chief of Abitare.

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