Italy: Contemporary Domestic Landscapes 1945-2000

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These twelve essays by leading architectural critics, sociologists, and designers are devoted to the unusual story of the transformation of residential living space in a country rich with architectural meaning. Home design and construction in Italy shifted after World War II from a base of craftsman builders to medium-size industrial production-a fundamental social change that was directed both by an active base of architectural theory and the culture of domestic life. Italy's design technologies extended the ...
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Hardcover New These twelve essays by leading architectural critics, sociologists, and designers are devoted to the unusual story of the transformation of residential living ... space in a country rich with architectural meaning. Home design and construction in Italy shifted after World War II from a base of craftsman builders to medium-size industrial production-a fundamental social change that was directed both by an active base of architectural theory and the culture of domestic life. Italy's design technologies extended the theory and practice of domestic architecture from its artisan characteristics to technologic visions-without breaking the social bond that architecture provides in Italy. Italy, unlike other countries, successfully redefined its culture of living. The largest part of the anthology addresses issues of design, production, and building, including Beppe Finezzi's Living Between Art and Architecture and Frida Doveil's New Materials and New User Values For the Home. Other essays include The Read more Show Less

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These twelve essays by leading architectural critics, sociologists, and designers are devoted to the unusual story of the transformation of residential living space in a country rich with architectural meaning. Home design and construction in Italy shifted after World War II from a base of craftsman builders to medium-size industrial production-a fundamental social change that was directed both by an active base of architectural theory and the culture of domestic life. Italy's design technologies extended the theory and practice of domestic architecture from its artisan characteristics to technologic visions--without breaking the social bond that architecture provides in Italy. Italy, unlike other countries, successfully redefined its "culture of living."

The largest part of the anthology addresses issues of design, production, and building, including Beppe Finezzi's "Living Between Art and Architecture" and Frida Doveil's "New Materials and New User Values For the Home". Other essays include "The Landscape of Daily Life" (Francesca Picchi), "A Homeless Country (Andrea Branzi), "Italian Design" (Paola Antonelli). Provocative pieces like "Living in Italy, A Question of Taste" by Franco La Cecla center on the perception of rituals of living in Italy as they are affected by the accelerating design tastes of the last fifty years.

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  • ISBN-13: 9788881189588
  • Publisher: Rizzoli
  • Publication date: 3/28/2002
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 9.76 (w) x 11.34 (h) x 0.98 (d)

Table of Contents

Type and Counter-Type in Italian "Style": Tradition and innovation in industrial design for domestic spaces 12
Italian Design between Globalism and Affectivity 22
A Matter of Taste: The home "made in Italy" in the popular imagination 38
The Virtual Desktop within the Writing Desk: New rites and new myths of the Italian lifestyle 52
The Secrets of the Italian Supply System: Innovation in small and medium-sized companies in the house sectors 62
Architecture of Interiors 1945-2000: The Italian school and the culture of the home 74
The Landscape of Daily Life: List of industrial forms deposited in the archives of Italian model patents 96
Machines to Make Home: Some technical features of the Italian product 112
The Appliance-Shaped Home: From the electrified home to the wired home 126
A Homeless Country: Experimental models for the domestic space 144
Laser Deviations: Visual arts and interior architecture in Italy 1938-2000 164
New Materials and New User Values for the Home: From foam rubber to casual and hi-tech models 184
Living in Movement: Travel experiences of the Italian domestic model 200
Ten Designers for the Home System 222
Associations 234
Bibliography 238
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