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1968: Radical Italian Design: Photographs by Maurizio Cattelan & Pieropaolo Ferrari Hardcover – May 31, 2014


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Deste Foundation/Toilet Paper; Slp Brdbk edition (May 31, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 6185039044
  • ISBN-13: 978-6185039042
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 9.5 x 3.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #149,474 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Recently released, 1968: ITALIAN RADICAL DESIGN is a highly crafted volume comprised of more than sixty photographs staged by Catelan and Ferrari, prefaced by Maria Cristina Didero adn accompanied by drawings by living legend Alessandro Mendini. The book offers a hallucinatory survey of the items that populated domestic interiors of the 1970's, projecting onto them the fantasies and perversions of their then users. (Michele D'Aurizio Art Flash 2014-07-01)

Named for the revolutionary spirit of 1968, the book celebrates these objects by placing them in surreal scenarios. "It's a book about lightness and freedom - our idea of '68 is about declining responsibility, about being independent of those who preceded us," says Cattelan, who retired from the art world in 2011 with a flashy retrospective at the Guggenheim. These days, he runs a biannual, photo-driven magazine with Ferrari, Toilet Paper, which shares a similar aesthetic and spirit with "1968."

Like the many oversize pieces in this furniture collection, the book itself - chunky, with images printed onto thick cardboard pages - has a self-announcing physicality to it. "This is not a book, it's an object," Cattelan says, suggesting that any book about design should aspire to be a piece of design itself. "You can actually kill a man with it!" (Emami Gazelle New York Time Sunday Style 2014-06-01)

The 120-page tome strikes the perfect tone for its subject, with each full-color spread popping in acid hues and featuring compositions full of cheeky humor, sex, and the occasional gross-out, with key pieces from Joannou's collection playing both starring and supporting roles. (Kevin Greenberg PIN-UP 2014-05-01)

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I bought this for my art student daughter's birthday - her choice. She loved it - it's hugefull of the weird and the wonderful. Very high quality production values. The postage was reasonable considering it wieghs more than a brick.
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poor publication. big and substanceless. as a fan of these furnitures & their designers (& a fan of cattelan usually) I had higher hopes.
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