“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
About 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.